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26 September 2021
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Articles without such will not be published.


Lucan Newsletter

We are NOT operating from the Newsletter Office at the moment, but leave your ads, queries or notices in the letter box at St. Mary’s Parish Centre, before 10pm on Wednesday night, and we’ll collect and look after them.
You may also email reports / notices to any of the above contacts.


Esker Active Retirement Association

Hi Everyone,

Well I’m delighted to say that we are back up and running as from Wed 22nd September 2021, the usual time 1.30pm to 4pm in our usual venue, St Andrew’s Church Hall in Lucan. It’s been a while since we could all meet and have fun together but we are now in that position thank goodness.

So today was our first day back, we actually had a very good turnout of forty-four members. Everyone was delighted to be back and we eased gently into our meeting.

Things are different; we’ve a new set of rules to go by now (most of you will have seen these in our WhatsApp Group info site). We all brought our own refreshments as we are not allowed to use the kitchen at present but Treasa had plenty of individual chocolate bars for us all.

All our members who attend are fully vaccinated and all showed ID as they entered the building. Lots of hand sanitizers were in use too.

Remember all of you over 55’s who have been isolating so much over the last eighteen months or so, or if you’re feeling lonely, that you can join a club like ours and make friends, have people you can call to go walking with or meet for a coffee so just make that decision to join. We’d love to meet you.

We are going on our first trip this year to Galway in a couple of weeks which Hilda has organised. Coach from Lucan directly to the hotel; we’re staying in the beautiful Connemara Coast Hotel so we are all looking forward to that, day trips are organised too and coach back to Lucan.

Personally I am so looking forward to someone handing me my food – I won’t have to cook for four days!

We hope to get back to our cinema trips shortly too – we all loved those days out, maybe do lunch too…. well we are retired after all…… just very active!!

Looking forward to seeing many more of you next Wednesday.

Anyone who has any queries about our club, please contact me before 7pm in the evenings.

Till next time,
Marian Egan (Club Secretary) 086 1269 043


Liffey Sound96.4fm

Thank you to everyone who kindly donated to our Virtual Highdrop festival.

The go fund me link is on our website and you can still donate, if you donate more than 10 euro, you will be entered into a draw for a spot prize. The draw will take place on a special programme on Friday the 8th of October at 8pm. The programme will be hosted by our own Jon White and Gary Gibson.

Liffey Sound 96.4FM - Lucan's Community Radio Station or catch up on Facebook


Please support Community Connect on Saturday 25th!

Community Connect Drive & Drop Donation Day will take place on Saturday 25th September, here in the church car park from 1-3pm.

Volunteers will be here on the day to collect essential baby items, which will be given to pregnant mothers, and families with young babies, who are struggling. Community Connect is busier than ever, and they are helping families across the country and here in the local area every single week. Every pack of nappies makes a big difference to a family in need, so please pick up a few extra items in your weekly shop to help a family who needs it!

For more details about what you can donate (new items only please), have a look at and click on 'Drive & Drop'.


St. Mary’s Camera Soirée


This week we have some photographs from Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo, where the 1952 film “The Quiet Man” starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara was filmed. One of our members stayed in the Castle recently, a present to celebrate a “big” wedding anniversary!


Another of our members, Willie, was not too far away with photographs of Kylemore Abbey, home to the Irish Dames of Ypres (Benedictines) since 1920.


Donal is still in France, lucky man, and has sent us photographs of forts, perfume bottles and cafes!

There is no definite news yet about if and when St. Mary’s Camera Soiree may be able to return to the Parish Centre but we know that the Parish Office is working on it and we live in hope. As the days go by we hear of group social activities that have been impossible for the past 18 months being able to resume at least in modified form, involving the observation of social distancing and the wearing of masks.


On a totally different note I’ve observed that the trees are laden sown with berries at the moment. In years gone by before there were weather apps on our smart phones that was taken as a sure sign that there would be a hard winter!

Till next week stay safe!


Palmerstown Camera Club

Palmerstown Camera Club is a group of photographers that meet every Wed from 8-10 pm online at present. They also run a FREE 6 – week beginners photography course (to paid up members of the club) on Wed 7-8 pm. This course is given by an award-winning photographer within the club. The tutorials are informative with great tips on how to get the best out of you and your camera. And this course is set to start on Wed the 6th of Oct.

We had a great night on Wed just gone with a talk from Michael Anderton on his landscape photography. And in the coming weeks, we have Dublin based photographer Anthony Lynch and his talk on Astro Photography. He has a love of astronomy and night sky photography.

This will be an interesting tutorial to attend. People interested in joining the club or even attending one or two meetings free of charge to see how their photography could benefit from being a member can do so by contacting


The image of a “Boat at Sunset” was taken by Gerald Phelan a photographer from PCC.


Lucan Library

For information on events in Lucan and South Dublin Libraries, see our ‘Archive’ edition in PDF format. Scroll down to ‘Archive’, and click on the date


Lucan Citizens Information Centre

NB please note our phone numbers have moved to a new 0818 prefix.

The old 0761 numbers will remain operational in tandem with 0818 until 31 December 2021. However, from 1 January 2022, only the 0818 numbers will connect you to the relevant service.

COVID-19 has changed the service we offer to the public. Our drop-in service is not currently available, but we are taking phone calls, answering emails, and providing a call back service.
Call us on 0818 07 5090, leave a message with your name and number and an Information Officer will return your call within 2 working days.
Or you can email your query to us at and someone will reply.

Citizens Information Phone Service (CIPS) 0818 07 4000 operates on Monday to Friday 9 am to 8 pm.

MABS: The Money Advice and Budgeting Service is the State’s money advice service, guiding people through dealing with problem debt for over twenty years. MABS Clondalkin phone 0818 07 2270 or email

Free Travel Scheme
The National Transport Authority (NTA) has confirmed that all transport operators are allowing customers with a PSC Free Travel Card to continue to avail of the Free Travel Scheme, even if their card has expired.

Social Welfare payments and Covid 19
See our website for information on the following topics:
If you have no work, or less work than before
If you cannot work because you are sick
If you cannot work because you have to look after children
If you plan to take a holiday
If you cannot pay your rent
If you want to return to education
Going back to work
Collecting your social welfare payment
PRSI contributions
Free Travel Scheme
Intreo centres

Overview of problem debt
Getting help from MABS
Personal insolvency options
What you can do yourself
Terminology and procedures
Further information

Any form of credit is a debt, so most people have some debts. It is only when you are unable to keep up with the payments that your debt becomes a problem. If you are in this situation, for whatever reason, you may find yourself having some of the following difficulties:

Missed payments and letters from creditors
Borrowing money to pay bills and catch up with arrears
Paying whichever creditor is putting on most pressure
Making promises to pay unreasonable amounts
Broken promises and more pressure from creditors
Legal action
More information is available on this topic and about the help available on the link hereunder:
Overview of problem debt (

Positive Ageing Week (PAW)
Takes place from 27 Sept to 1 Oct 2021 - more information on


Age Action for all Older People

Age Action are offering five hours tutoring, remotely, to anyone who needs support using their smartphone, tablet or laptop. Covering topics like how to set up an email, how to download an app, how to use video calling to see your loved ones etc.

For more information, please call 01 4756989 or email


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South Dublin Co. Co. on Dumping

Household Waste Collection Services are operating and Civic Amenity sites are open.

If you witness dumping contact 014149000/


COVID-19 Support Line for Older People

ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Professional staff are available to answer queries and give advice and reassurance where necessary. The support line is open every day 8am-8pm, (including weekends) Please call 0818 222 024.