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22 April 2018
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Mary – Community / Schools / Local History

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Anna – Parish Notes / Fundraising

Catherine – Anniversaries / Queries on Advertising


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Articles without such will not be published.


Canvass to Save the 8th

Volunteers wanted to join with us in our local Save the 8th Amendment Campaign ahead of the upcoming Referendum.

If you believe that the right to life of pre-born babies should not be stripped from our Constitution here is an opportunity to do something practical about it.

We now have two teams - one in St Mary's Parish and the other in St Patrick's - canvassing door to door and offering information highlighting the good news stories behind the 8th Amendment.

If you are interested please contact me at 087 9338122.


Ballydowd Grove Residents Assoc.

Our AGM takes place on Thursday 26th April, 8pm, in Coláiste Phádraig.


Sarsfield Park Residents Assoc.

Our next meeting and annual AGM will take place in Kenny's back lounge at 8pm on TUESDAY 24th April 2018. All residents, new members and public representatives are welcome.


Woodville Downs Residents Assoc (including Esker Lane)

Our residents association AGM and Neighbourhood Watch meeting is next Thursday 26th of April at 7.30pm in St Marys Parish Centre.


Lucan ICA

Tues 24th: Crafts resume in the Bungalow from 10am to 12.30.

Wed 25th: Committee Meeting 8pm.

Welcome back to the four ladies who went to An Grianán last week. They came back with lovely work which they shared with the members.

Twelve members are going to Blanchardstown Guild on Saturday next – hope they have a lovely day.


Lucan ICA ladies at An Grianán last week - Pauline, Josie, Mary and Aileen.


Koins for Kids

If you have any old coin of any kind that needs a new home, please give it to us!! You can drop same into St Mary's Sacristy or St Mary's Parish Office.

We are a small voluntary charity putting all our efforts into the funding of life-saving equipment, an M.R.I. machine, for "The New Children's Hospital" when building is complete.

Damien Douglas, Lucan.
Ph. 087 9519222


Big Maggie Comes to The Spa

Lucan Dramatic Society presents John B. Keane’s explosive play ‘BIG MAGGIE’ a chilling savagery of the clichéd Irish Mammy with her disavowal of sentiment and adherence to austerity and pragmatism. Or is she indeed a more complex character than she at first appears and is her relationship with her children also complex? Come to the Spa Hotel on Tuesday 22nd May through to Friday 25th May to see this rich and intense play which is also peppered with flashes of humour.

Date for Your Diary
Tuesday 22nd May to Friday 25th May.
Venue: Spa Hotel

Tickets at the door or if having the meal and theatre offer can be booked at the Spa.

For further information on Lucan Drama, phone Sheila 0872547725 or Niall 0872578557.
Or find us on Facebook.


Liffey Sound 96.4fm

"Lucan Live" broadcast live from Lucan Irish Wheelchair Association on Friday the 13th of April. Thanks to the outside broadcast team, presenter, Maria Murphy and the service users who took part in the programme.

Happy 50th anniversary to Lucan Credit Union- to celebrate Gary Gibson broadcast live from the Finnstown branch last Friday.

If you would like us to broadcast live from your business or organisation- please contact the Station Manager on 6219425.

Listen back to the programmes on podcast on our website. or catch up on Facebook
Liffey Sound 96.4FM- Lucan's Community radio station!


Lucan Festival

This year’s Festival will be our 10th and we are hoping to make it the best so far. Events will run from 5th to the 9th September.

The new Italian Ambassador H E Mr Paolo Serpi has given us permission for our walk in the grounds of historic Lucan House.

The Fireworks on the Weir will be once again lighting up the skies. Village historic walk, Primary school children will meet Lucan’s senior citizens to hear about the olde school days.

Historical Exhibition will return to St Andrews Parish Centre for the Sat and Sun of the weekend.

There will be a new event...........All you budding songwriters and singers can compose and sing your own songs in a competition staged in Kennys and Courtneys bars.

The winner will get 2 days in a recording studio and will also close the performances on the Main Stage in the Village on Sun 9th Sept. The runner up will close the show on the 2nd Stage. Further details soon.

Rafting over the Weir, International Food Stalls, Pet Farm and Puppet Show together with the spectacular open day with An Gardai will be on our Fun Day on Sun 9th Sept.

Joe Byrne
email: lucanfestival@gmail .com
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Lucan Active Retirement Assoc.

Whist Results
10th April: 1st Brendan Ryan, 2nd Mary McCarthy, 3rd Michael Bradley, Niall Marron, Joe Kinsella.
17th April: 1st Theresa Mc Donnell, 2nd Robin Adamson Niall Marron

Our Murder Mystery weekend was great fun, lots of laughter and dancing ‘til the small hours, and with a lovely trip to Strand Hill - we were lucky with the weather.

Anyone interested in going to Bord Gais Theatre shows please put your name down on list, also for the Autumn Break in October.

We meet every Thursday morning in St Andrews Parish Hall 11.30. New members welcome.


Lucan Lions Club Fundraising Table Quiz

In aid of
Irish Down Syndrome Sporting Organisation
In support of Team Ireland and Lucan team members
Maeve Phillips and Eoin Tully
Competing in the World DS Swimming Championships in Truro, Nova Scotia in July 2018

Quiz - Kenny’s Lounge
Thursday 26 April 2018 at 8.30 pm

Team of 4 - €40
Quizmaster: Mattie McCabe

Hope to see great support for our local DS swimmers and Team Ireland.
Enquiries or donations to:
Mattie McCabe 087 9006999


Palmerstown Tea Dance

Palmerstown Community and Youth Centre (beside Supervalu)
End of every month on a Sunday from 3-6pm
More information: 01 6166981
April 22nd – Good Times


Celbridge Concert Orchestra

In Concert
Sunday 29th April 2018, 4pm
The Lucan Spa Hotel

For Ticket Sales Contact:
Margaret 087 6175970
Helen 086 1075084

Adults €10, Concessions €5
Children under 12 Free
Limited number of tickets available on the door

“Support your local Orchestra”


Type 2 Diabetes Courses

Free Dietitian Led XPERT Course for Type 2 Diabetes in Quarryvale Resource Centre, Clondalkin
A free 6 week course to help you manage your Type 2 Diabetes. This is an award winning education course delivered by the HSE Community Dietitian.
Starting Thursday 17th May at 10am – 12.30 and every Thursday up to and including Thursday 21st June in Quarryvale Resource Centre, Clondalkin.

Free Dietitian Led XPERT Course for Type 2 Diabetes in Ballyfermot Library (Evening course).
A free 6 week course to help you manage your Type 2 Diabetes. This is an award winning education course delivered by the HSE Community Dietitian.
Starting Tuesday 8th May at 4.30pm – 7pm and every Tuesday up to and including Tuesday 12th June in Ballyfermot Library.

Places are limited on both courses, and you must register to attend.
Call Michelle Carey, Senior HSE Community Diabetes Dietitian on 076 6958080 or email:


A Parish Journey –

the story of St Patrick's Esker Dodsboro Adamstown


This book is on Sale from St Patrick's Parish Office, Price €10
• Monday-Friday 10am - 12 noon
• Saturday-Sunday - After all Masses.< br> Plus the following outlets:< br> Londis Adamstown
St. Mary’s Parish Centre
Lucan Library


2018 Women’s Mini Marathon - Join Team Marie Keating

Sunday 3rd June 2018
All you need to do are two things
1 Register with either the Evening Herald Or
2 Sign up with Team Marie Keating at

There are three ways to help us
Option 1 Make a one off donation of €35 to the Foundation to take a place on Team Marie Keating which covers your Marie Keating Foundation t-shirt and a donation to the Foundation. We will NOT send you a sponsorship card

Option 2 Request a sponsorship pack which includes sponsorship card(s) and t-shirt

Option 3 Please set up a JustGiving page and ask your friends and family to support your fundraising efforts!

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Fiona at or call her on 01 628 3728.

This year we will be at House on Lower Leeson Street who are very generously sponsoring our Pre and Post Reception on the day


Tusla, An Ghníomhaireacht um Leanaí agus an Teaghlach

Child and Family Agency
There is an urgent need for foster carers willing to provide a home for children of all ages up to 18 years old to provide short term and long term foster care.

Also Carers required for young people 15 -18 years.

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency is currently running a campaign to find families who are willing to provide safe, loving and secure homes for children and adolescents.

For more information contact 076 6955550 and/or


Lucan Citizens Information Centre

Ballyowen Castle Community Centre, Lucan
Ph. 0761 07 5090, Fax. 01 6217930

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10 am to 1 pm and 2pm to 4 pm each day, closed for lunch 1 pm to 2 pm.

Citizens Information Phone Service (CIPS) 0761 07 4000 – opening hours 9 am to 8 pm Monday to Friday.

Free Legal Advice Clinic (FLAC) on Thursday nights from 7 pm to 8.30 pm. FLAC telephone and referral line 1890 350250.

MABS (Money Advice and Budgeting Service) helpline and MABS Mortgage Arrears Information Helpline are both on the same number 0761 07 2000 from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday.


Peace of Mind…

If you or someone you know is struggling with stress, tension, anxiety, mood disorders, anger, fear, sleeplessness, helplessness or hopelessness you are not alone. If so we have a way out for you.

Recovery Self-help Ireland is a support group for anyone who wants to re-gain peace of mind and reduce suffering. The members demonstrate a method by which they deal with the trivialities of everyday life without feeling overwhelmed by them. It gives you tools which empower you to overcome these problems.

Why not come along to our next meeting and try the method out. You can bring a friend.

Every Friday at 8.00p.m in Room 4
St Mary’s Parish Centre, Lucan R.C. Church.


Mother and Toddler Group

The Group meet every Thursday in St Mary’s Parish Centre from 10.30 to 12 noon
Dads, Grans, Grandads, Minders are all welcome.
Contact Yvonne 087 6361473


Lucan Methodist Church Parent and Toddler Group

Tuesday: 9.30am to 11.30am
Thursday: 9.30am to 11.30am
Friday: 9.30am to 11.30am
Grandparents, childminders all welcome.


Lucan Social Club

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland invites you to our Social Club
In St Mary's Parish Centre, Lucan
Wednesday mornings 10.30 am-12.30 am

Our Social Club is a place where a person with Dementia can come with a family member/carer to enjoy a cup of Tea/Coffee and biscuits over an informal friendly chat.

The Society have been running these Social Clubs for many years now and they are proven to be of huge value to both Client and Carer.

Come along and see for yourself......Meet others in similar situations to you, get advice from experienced staff and relax in a friendly, safe welcoming surrounding.

For any further information contact:
Adrienne Mc Avinue.... office.... 01 862 5706 ext 2. Mobile.... 086 838 1215


The Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Volunteer driver Service’ is currently seeking volunteer drivers to drive local patients to and from their chemotherapy treatments. We are looking for volunteers from all over North and West Dublin to pick local patients up at their homes, drive them to the door of the hospital, pick them up again when they are finished their treatment and bring them home.
The service is free to the patient and all drivers’ expenses are paid.
Telephone Rebecca on 01 2316 642 or email


Age Actions Care and Repair Programme

Are you 60+ years of age? Have you a small repair job which you would like to have done for you? The Care and Repair programme (run by Age Action Ireland) uses a pool of trustworthy volunteers and handypersons to carry out minor repairs for older people. All volunteers are vetted and carry official Care and Repair identification cards. The service is free; you only pay for the materials used. For your bigger jobs, we maintain a register of reliable and honest tradespersons.. You can arrange to have a job done for you by phoning the Age Action Care and Repair number which is 01-4756989.


Lucan Newsletter Sales Outlets

Lucan Village Lynchs / Centra
Carey’s Newsagents

Ballyowen / Ballydowd area
Penny Hill
Foleys Chemist
Texaco Service Station

Esker area
Spar Finnstown

Dodsboro area
Spar Dodsboro
Maxol Service Station

St. Mary’s Church, Lucan


Senior Help Line

Do you need someone to talk to?
Senior Help Line is a confidential listening service for older people by older people for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland, LoCall 1850 440 444.
Senior help Line is open from 10am, 365 days a year.