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29 July 2018
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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Articles without such will not be published.


Our Next Issue - Sunday 26th August 2018

All items for publication in this issue should be at the usual addresses not later than 10pm, Wednesday 22nd August


Liffey Sound 96.4fm

Liffey Sound 96.4FM is always welcoming feedback in order to better service our community. Therefore, we have launched a survey to give us an overview of who listens to the station, what type of programming you want to hear and how we can improve in general. Feedback is anonymous and confidential, and all feedback, positive or negative is welcome. It will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

The link to the survey is on our Facebook page and our website.

Thanks to all the newsletter team for all your help this year so far- Enjoy your summer break! or catch up on Facebook

Liffey Sound 96.4FM- Lucan's Community radio station!


Hillcrest Residents Association

Committee members wish to thank all residents for the cordial reception to our door knock; we have now completed our journey throughout the estate and are compiling a list of residents’ concerns that require further action. We will be seeking your support in addressing these matters and will keep you updated.

Subscriptions are still open and may be dropped into 24 Hillcrest Road with your name and contact details. In accordance with GDPR your information is confidentially held for the sole purpose of Hillcrest Residents Association.

May you continue to enjoy the summer months and always remember to secure your property at holiday time.


Woodville Downs Residents Assoc (incl Esker Lane)

Hard Water; There has been a significant change in the hardness of our water supply and this is already showing effects on utensils/cups. A recent petition was circulated in Lucan online, unsure of response from SDCC.

Seems like change in dilution is required. Already some residents have felt it necessary to fit water filters.

Contact us:


Liffey Valley Park Alliance

L.V.P.A. shares the concerns of the Woodville Downs Residents Association about a possible Primary Care Centre on St. Edmundsbury Lands and the precedent it might create for further large scale developments in St. Eds. Lucan certainly needs a local health centre but there are several alternative sites i.e. Adamstown, Balgaddy, Peamount, where traffic congestion is not as acute as on the Old Lucan Road. L.V.P.A. will be discussing the matter with local residents, politicians etc, and are confident that a satisfactory outcome can be reached.

There was great news for all striving to protect the Liffey Valley Landscapes on June 8th, when the High Court quashed a Ministerial Order by Minister Damian English to re-zone land at donaghcumper for a large scale development. The Minister issued the order after the lands had been de-zoned to recreational and green belt by the Kildare Co. Councillors in the Kildare 2017-2023 Development Plan.

L.V.P.A were more than happy to lend our support to the Celbridge Action Alliance who led the campaign against the order.


Society for Old Lucan (SOL)

Heritage Week events 16-26 August, 2018
SOL works to conserve, research & promote Lucan's local history, heritage, archaeology & folklore. Heritage Week 2018's theme is "Share a story: make a connection" and we're delighted to host two free events on this theme, open to all.
Booking essential for both.

Managing your family archives:
Guide to the care and handling of family archives with Róisín Berry, Archivist, Maynooth University.
Venue & Time: Seminar room, Lucan Library, Tuesday 21 August, 15.00 - 16.30
Booking via Eventbrite:

Graveyard and Church of the Blessed Virgin, Lucan Village: short tours
Join SOL for a short tour to hear of the history of the graveyard and churches, find out more about the family graves from the 18th century, including a possible re-used pre-Reformation holy water font, and the links between Lucan and various churches in nearby villages during medieval times.
3 tour times on the day: 14.00/14.45/15.30
Booking via Eventbrite:

If you have any queries about either event, or have problems booking via Eventbrite, contact us at: Helen Farrell (chair), Elaine Hurley, Darren Tully, Billy Sines & Stephen Callaghan (committee)

SOL's Autumn programme of talks, events and projects will begin in September and will be publicised via our social media channels below and in Lucan Newsletter. Looking forward to seeing you then.

Website: Facebook:
Twitter: @Soc4OldLucan


Lucan Festival

Wednesday 5th Sept
An enjoyable evening with Neal Donohue as he tells the stories of Dublin's Statues and Monuments 8pm (Venue to be confirmed) FREE

Thursday 6th Sept
Meet at bus stop opposite Topaz garage at 10.30 am to go on a guided tour of Lucan Village . See and hear about the centuries old buildings and finish in the dead centre of Lucan (Old Cemetery behind O'Neills Pub) FREE

Thursday night finish the Historical day by attending an illustrated slide show on the history of Hill & Sons Woollen Mill (1863-1988) in the Presbyterian Church at 8 pm. FREE

Friday 7th Sept
Friday starts with our very popular Youth Forum where 4th/5th primary classes will question Lucan's senior citizens on their schooldays. Presbyterian Church 10.30am

9pm Friday night will see the return of the FIREWORKS display on the Weir.

Saturday 8th Sept
Walk in the grounds of Lucan House (House over 240 years old) with numerous attractions for young and old. Adm €5 children u12 free. Tickets available at entrance gate.

Historical Exhibition in St Andrews Parish Centre including model railway of Lucan South railway station from 2pm to 5.30pm FREE

Sunday 9th Sept
Our Festival finishes today with our Family Day in the Village from 1pm to 5.30 pm. Pet Farm, Puppet Show, Scouts, Live song and dance on our 2 stages, food stalls, Bouncy Castles and Slides, Historical Exhibition, Street entertainers, Model Railway Exhibition and Rafting over the Weir.

The Garda will hold their Open Day in the station where you can be finger printed, locked up, listen to the Garda Band and many more Garda sections.

Weston Fire Brigade who were such a great attraction last year will return.

The Train from Liffey Valley will also attend. All passenger tickets are €1 each.


Crisis point for LUCAN MEALS on WHEELS

Lucan Meals on Wheels service has been operating for over 20 years delivering meals to needy residents in our local community.

Each day approximately 40 meals are delivered locally in two separate runs by individual drivers. Unfortunately, the future of the service is at serious risk due to the lack of voluntary drivers to deliver these daily meals.

Can you spare 2-3 hours once every 2 weeks to deliver meals to our community? Who knows when you or a member of your family might need such a service in the future?

If you can help I would be delighted to hear from you.

Please call or text Teresa 085 154 8264.

Thank You


Free Mattress Recycling in Dublin August 2018

Have you an old mattress you want to dispose off?

If so you can bring it to Ballymount Civic Amenity site in South Dublin on Saturday August 11th 2018 (9am - 5pm) . This is a one day only opportunity for householders to recycle old mattresses.

Please note the offer is not open to commercial operators and does not include furniture and bedding but all clean, dry mattresses will be accepted at no cost. This initiative is supported by South Dublin County.


Mary’s Meals National Walk to Knock

Ireland is marching to Knock for Mary’s Meals from the
7th to 15thAugust again this year

Starting out from Malin, Derry, Armagh, Coalisland, Lurgan, Dublin, Kilkenny and Limerick. Five major walks passing through many towns and villages along the way.
Please see for mapping and more information.

If you wish to join with us and walk a few miles you are more than welcome.
Please register on the website or give Gerard a ring on 085 - 8037479.


Mens Shed Lucan

Lucan Men's Shed will not hold a general meeting in the months of July & August, our next general meeting will be on Monday, 10th September. The venue is the Seminar room in Lucan Library -located in the SuperValu shopping centre on the Newcastle Road, close to Starbucks. Our general meetings offer everybody a chance to voice their opinions and/or bring forward suggestions. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please come and share them with us.

While our group has some 40 registered members we remain stubbornly short of people on our managing committee; a small group of people working to develop a thriving and successful Men's Shed in, and for, Lucan. We urgently 2 or 3 more people to assist in managing a variety of tasks. The committee roles involve key functions, including multiple and disparate applications for grants and maintaining contact and co-operation with key groups. These groups include the IMSA (Irish Men's Shed Association), South Dublin County Council, local Councillors, other voluntary groups, and potential grant providers & funders. These tasks require time and diligence, we estimate about 3 hours per week to make an effective contribution.

If you are interested in joining our committee, please contact either Eamon (at 086-8178315) or Sean (at 087-2940727) to have a chat.


Primrose Hill Gardens

(Top of Primrose Lane, Lucan)
Heritage Week
18rh – 26th August
Gardens open
2pm – 6pm daily
Adults €6.00


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


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


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 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.