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17 February 2019
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When emailing reports for publication in Lucan Newsletter, please make sure to send them to at least two email addresses

Mary – Community / Schools / Local History

Rose – Sports / Politics

Anna – Parish Notes / Fundraising

Catherine – Anniversaries / Queries on Advertising


Please Note:

All items submitted for publication in Lucan Newsletter must have a contact person/number – address or phone number – not necessarily for publication.
Articles without such will not be published.


Volunteers Needed

We need help to collate and deliver Lucan Newsletter to shops, on Friday mornings.
Please phone Deirdre – 01-6217041


St. Mary’s Parish - Vacancy for Parish Book-keeper

St. Mary’s Lucan Parish is currently recruiting to fill a newly created role of Parish Book-keeper. This post is offered initially on a one year, fixed term, part-time basis, Monday to Wednesday, for 12 hours per week (9.00am – 1.00pm).

The Role: To provide a high level of financial and administrative support to the Parish Priests, the Parish Secretary and the Property and Finance Council, three mornings a week.

Duties Include: Using the Pastoral Management/AccountsIQ (AIQ) system to manage all the parish accounts

Reviewing current financial management practices with a view to recommending options, to the Property and Finance Council, in terms of efficiency and effectiveness

The ideal candidate should have a track record of reliability and a flexible approach to working in a team environment with strong interpersonal skills and experience dealing with the public. Knowledge of the Catholic Church and its administrative processes would also be desirable. Applications to: V. Rev. Philip Curran, St. Mary’s Parish, Lucan, Co. Dublin, enclosing a Curriculum Vitae (with the contact details for at least two people who are familiar with your work experience) and a cover letter no later than 5pm on Friday 15th March 2019.

The job description is available on or at


LUCAN SARSFIELDS Fundraising Table Quiz

For Elizabeth Mc Nicholas
Friday 15th February, 2019

Time: 8:30pm
Table of 4: €40
Form a team, come along and have an enjoyable evening

Support Elizabeth and her family to pay for vital treatment to give her a chance to lead a normal life
Donations, spots and prizes would be welcome for a Monster Raffle

Ní neart go cur le chéile!

Table scores retained and accumulated for the final quiz night!




Liffey Sound 96.4fm

New "Lucan Live" Presenters
The radio station is looking for new volunteer presenters for our flagship programme, "Lucan Live", 3-4pm weekdays. This may suit recently retired people who have an interest in local issues, are looking for a new challenge and want to learn new skills. Full training will be given. Please contact for more details or call 6109339.

Liffey Sound launched a new radio documentary called "Community Focus" in Lucan library last Tuesday, presented by Teresa Quinn, the documentary explores the history of two local organisations, Lucan ICA and Lucan drama group. The programme will be broadcast at 3pm this Friday the 15th of February and repeated next Friday the 22nd at 3pm. We would like to thank everyone who took part in the programme and Lucan library for kindly hosting the launch. or catch up on Facebook

Liffey Sound 96.4FM- Lucan's Community Radio Station!


Lucan ICA

Tues 19th Craft Morning 10am – 12.30pm. Various projects being worked on. Fiona’s Jewellery Class is very different and interesting.

Wed 20th Social Night – come and enjoy a few games of Bingo. Prizes Galore!

Sat 23rd Santry Arts and Crafts Day, St. Pappin’s Hall, Santry Village, 11am – 4pm. Enjoy the day, Ladies!


Lucan Youth Fun - Summer Camp 1st – 12th July 2019

Camp Registration will take Place on March 9th at 9am in St Marys BNS

Prices as follows:
1 child €125, 2 children €240, 3 children €360, 4 children €480

Camp times -10.30am - 12.30pm & 2.30pm - 4.30pm (Monday to Friday, unless on a day trip or otherwise notified)

There are no childcare or lunchtime facilities available on site. All children must leave the premises at lunch time unless otherwise notified.

LYF is a community summer camp for boys and girls from 2nd class to 2nd year, living or attending school in the St Mary’s Parish. LYF offers a mix of various sports, cookery, crafts and outings and day trips (National Sports Centre/Croke Park/Zip It/Lilliput/Clara Lara/Causey to name but a few).

It operates in conjunction with Crosscare and the camp is run on a voluntary basis by the LYF Committee and Parents. It is a requirement that parents/guardians of children attending the camp volunteer 1 day per child attending. As a result, each parent/guardian needs to be garda vetted through Crosscare, and attend a child protection course.

Lucan Youth Fun is holding an information evening on Tuesday 5th of March 2019 in St Mary’s Parish Centre at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

If you are interested, please come along and we will provide you with a short summary of what this camp entails, and give you all the documentation you need to get Garda vetted.

Crosscare/Garda Vetting lasts for 5 years so Parents/Guardians who are already vetted for LYF do not need to complete this step again. Further information and forms can be found on our Facebook Page Lucan Youth Fun 2019.


Lucan Drama Dinner Theatre Nights

Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd March at 8pm. Arrive by 7:30pm to be seated. First on Stage after dinner is Once Upon a Time by Joe Bergin directed by Vincent Casey. Jill is content but Jack wants a change. Along with Simon, they embark upon an adventure to see what is “out there”. Starring Cathy Healy, Joe Dignam Brady and John Carabini.

Next up is Jack Furey by well-known Kerry playwright Bryan Mc Mahon, directed by Donal Downes. In a rural farmhouse where all is not as it should be, Jack C. Flanagan plays the role of Daithi opposite Aoife Gately as Josie while Bernie Edgeworth is a tour-de-force as Daithi's doting mother Grace.

So, don your glad rags and enjoy a wonderful night of comedy and drama in the Spa Hotel. It’s amazing value at €25 for a 3 course meal with Tea/Coffee and play.
Reserve at Spa Hotel or on +35316280494.

For more info on Lucan Drama visit:
Phone Sheila: +35316282827
Text Lucan Drama: +353894900429


Lucan Festival

This year's Festival will run in the first week of September ending on Sunday 8th September. Further details will be announced as events are confirmed.



bricks 4 kidz
Building future Engineers
One Superhero at a time
St. Mary’s Parish Hall
Monday February 25th, 4pm to 5pm.

Call Elaine: 086-7809213


Administrator Position for National Federation of Arch Clubs

Key role - the day to day running of the organisation and working alongside the developmental officer. Location of position negotiable.

For any questions and the job description please email with the subject line: Administrator Position

Applicants to send a cover letter explaining suitability for the role and your curriculum vitae to

For further information about us please visit

Closing Date for Applications - Monday 11th March 2019


People’s Art & Craft Fair Lucan 2019

Open call for artists and crafters to participate in this year’s
“People’s Art & Craft Fair”,
Saturday April 13th- 14th.

The venue is Church of Ireland Parish Centre & St Andrew’s Church, Main Street, Lucan.

The fee to enter for artists is €40 per stand and 10% commission on sales of Art & Prints, and €40 per 6ft table for crafters.

Please contact us at for a booking form as soon as possible as places will fill up quickly and we have limited space.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Lucan Men’s Shed

The next General Meeting for Lucan Men's Shed will be held in the Seminar Room, Lucan Public Library, Supervalu Shopping Centre, on Monday, 18th February, 2019. The meeting starts at 6.30 pm and finishes at 7.50 pm.

It is intended for members and prospective members, indeed for any man in the Lucan area who might wish to join a Shed, where he can belong, be respected and valued, where he can use and pass on his knowledge, experience and skills in a comfortable environment.

Lucan Men's Shed is located in the grounds of the Irish Wheelchair Association, on the Newcastle Road, second gateway on the right, over the railway bridge. Between now and the meeting date, you are welcome to come along, between 1000am and 0100pm, Monday to Friday, to visit the Shed and see what is happening. We continue to be a "work in progress" and we are getting there.
Our General Meetings are held to encourage discussion and the expression of ideas and plans for the Shed and how best it can be used.


“Shine” Carers Group

(Blackrock, Co Dublin)

Carers Group Meeting - Mental Illness
The Carers of those who are affected by Mental Illness.

First Monday each month at 20.00 (2nd Monday if 1st Monday is Bank Holiday)

Centre for Living: (Top of) Carysford Ave, Blackrock, Co Dublin

For more details see our website:


Mother and Toddler Group

10.30am to 12 noon
Each Thursday
in St. Mary’s Parish Centre
All Welcome



Do you ever feel there is something better you could do with your free time? Would you like a new opportunity to do something meaningful and rewarding? Does your day-to-day work ignore some of the valuable life skills you have built up over the years? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, we may have the answer for you. Aware is currently recruiting for its Support Services. A three-hour weekly commitment that can and does make a significant difference in the lives of individuals and families who are dealing with depression or bipolar disorder. Aware will provide you with training and ongoing support. We need people who are reliable, empathic and are willing to commit to volunteering with Aware for at least eighteen months, to join our team. This could be a great opportunity to develop a new focus in life. Why not have a look at our website and read more about the opportunities available?

We are now accepting volunteer applications with training starting in February 2019.
More information and application is available on now (see ‘volunteering’).


Palmerstown Tea Dance

Palmerstown Community and Youth Centre (beside Supervalu), Upper Kennelsfort Rd
Sunday 3pm – 6pm
February 24th – Brian McDermot

Contact No: 01-6166981


Tús Care & Repair

South Dublin Co. Partnership
Free Community Service

Tús Care & Repair provides a free odd job service for people and organisations that are eligible within our local community.

Examples of work we do:
Minor gardening jobs (e.g. mowing lawns, trimming hedges etc.). Small painting jobs, hanging curtain rails, putting up shelves, minor DIY jobs considered.

Examples of work we do NOT do:
We do not undertake, construction, plumbing, electrical work, cleaning of gutters at unsuitable heights, insulation.

If you can tick any of the following boxes you may be eligible for this service:
- A resident in South Dublin
- Senior Citizen
- Have a long-term illness or disability
- Are referred from a support worker/health service
- Are a community/voluntary organisation

How is works
- You contact your local office and describe the job
- A member of the Care & Repair team will visit you and assess the job
- A member of the office will then contact you with a start date
- A team of two or more will carry out the job
- All work must be signed off after completion
- If demand becomes too high waiting list may apply.

The Care & Repair team consists of voluntary Tús workers who have put themselves forward for this project. They all are committed to improving the lives of senior citizen and people with mobility issues in our community. In order to reassure and give peace of mind to our service users, all of our workers have been Garda vetted and carry company ID cards.

We have excellent good will between our service users and our workers since the project began and we are always looking for opportunities to be of assistance within our community.
Some jobs might be too big, but never too small...

For further information please contact:
Tallaght Office 086 0270821,
Clondalkin Office 086 0424983

Office opening hours: Mon. - Fri. 9am - 5pm
Main Building
Killinarden Enterprise Park, Tallaght, Dublin 24
ACE Enterprise Park
Unit 10, Bawnogue, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.




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


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.


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.


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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.