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26 February 2017
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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Articles without such will not be published.


Hillcrest Estate/Beaumont Cottages/ Newcastle Road Residents Assoc.

Annual General Meeting will take place on Monday 6 March 2017 at 8.15pm, in St Thomas’ NS Hall Esker.
It is an opportunity to meet and share your ideas with your neighbours and see how together you can work to shape the future of our area. Your presence would be greatly appreciated.
Check out our Facebook page or contact


Lucan Drama

Book your tickets for the Theatre/Dinner event March 3rd Friday at 6280494 Spa Hotel. 4 course Dinner and play £25.

'The Pure of Heart' is a comedy written by John B Keane and directed by Donail Downes. John B Keane had a wonderful knack of creating very individual and distinct characters based on the various people he encountered during his life in rural Ireland. Some of these characters can be found in this One Act Comedy which is guaranteed to give us all a good laugh!

Sheila 0872547725; Bernie 0864015794
Find us on Facebook.
Visit our website


Lucan St. Patrick’s Day Parade

A big congratulations to all at Lucan Newsletter on their 50th Birthday. Thank you for all your support over the 26 years that the Parade has been running in Lucan.
Lucan St Patricks Day Parade Committee.


Liffey Sound 96.4fm

Vacancy: Self-Employed Advertising Representative/ Agent
Liffey Sound, the Community Radio Station for Lucan and its Environs, is seeking applications for the above position. The successful person will seek sponsorship for the station’s programmes and advertisements for broadcast during our weekly 58 hour schedule. Proven sales experience is essential.
Remuneration for this self- employed position will be strictly on a commission basis.
Replies with cv’s, by e-mail, to, before 25th February 2017. or catch up on Facebook
Liffey Sound 96.4FM- Lucan's Community radio station!


Esker Active Retirement Assoc.

Hi all. Wow our club was full this week! We had 52 of our members taking part, so the place was buzzing. In our back room we had our ten people who are taking part in the computer/internet training with Third Age trainers Ruth and Louise. Everyone got on really well for their first day of training. Good to see Pauline back to us today after her stay in hospital.

Walking football: well we had no Stephen today so we did our walking football ourselves with Vincent doing referee. Some great games were had by all with me representing Co Down in honour of the great Leo Murphy who died this week. However, Co Kerry’s representative Treasa got sent off today by Vincent for tackling a bit too hard… (He’s a Dub Treasa, you were just playing too well!!!) On Treasa’s form today in mid-field, Eamon Fitzmorris could be taking a trip up to our club to sign her up!! By the time we got into our fourth game, some of us were beginning to tire as it’s no joke running up and down that pitch trying to score and defend. Tom you scored two brilliant goals today, real skill there. He’s a Cavan man…..

Trip to Clonakilty in West Cork: Date confirmed for Mon 20th March 2017. Brilliant deal with bed, breakfast and evening meal plus evening entertainment and a luxury coach from Lucan to Cork and back with day trips each day. Anymore of our members wanting to come along please let us know. Helen will be looking for a deposit soon to secure your places.

Again a very big crowd playing indoor bowls and whist today. Scrabble was being played in the kitchen as the place was so full.

We nearly ran out of time this week, but Helen had us all on the floor for the line dancing and we learned another new dance today. Great fun all-round.

Please try and remember to wear trainers/flat shoes for the walking football or you won’t be able to play. See you all next Wed at 1.30pm.

Marian (Club Secretary) 086 1269 043 – contactable between 3pm – 5pm on weekdays only.


Lucan ICA

Tues 28th Feb: Craft Morning as usual in the Bungalow, 10am – 12.30pm.

Wed 1st March: Business Meeting 8pm. We hope for a good attendance of members.

Get Well Wishes to our members who are unwell at this time.


Lucan Active Retirement Assoc.

Our trip to Shelbourne Park has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

We are going to Springfield Hotel instead – Dinner and Dancing on the same date, 9th March. Joyce is taking names for those who are not on the Shelbourne Park list.

Names and monies being taken for “Evita” in Bord Gais, also for the Murder Mystery weekend in Sligo - €20 deposit.

Whist Results 21st Feb:
1st Robin Adamson, 2nd Marguerite Cunningham, 3rd Miriam Walsh.

We are now in a position to take new members, so if you are interested in joining us, please call in any Thursday morning. We meet from 11.30am to 2.30pm. You will be most welcome.


ELVIS & The Way it Was Orchestra

Sat. 25th Feb. at 8pm
Garda Boat Club
Tickets €15
Main fundraiser for the Chapelizod Summer Festival 2017
Emer on 087 9162880
or mail for tickets
or directly from Kevin Doyle, Fruit & Veg. Shop, Ballyfermot


Celbridge Mill Community Centre
Phone 01 6288556

New Community Choir Practise takes place at Celbridge Mill on Wednesdays 11-1pm.Ideal for anyone suffering from Dementia or Alzheimers and their carers.

Walking Indoor Soccer for the over 50s – 70s. Supported by the FAI this casual fun session of soccer takes place at The Mill on Tuesdays at 7 pm and is Indoor.


Lucan Lions Club

"Serving Lucan Community since 1988"
Dates for your diary
Courtneys (upstairs) on Thursday 23 March 2017
Table of 4 - €40

Put on your dancing shoes and “Rock me Mama like a Wagon Wheel”
Spa Hotel on Thursday 2 March 2017 @ 6.00 pm.
For further details contact Eilene Tucker 086 1009371

If you require any further information on Lucan Lions Club please contact:
Lions Club President: 086 2394616


Make-A-Wish Ireland Annual Wish Day - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Make-A-Wish® Ireland has one simple aim – we grant the wishes of children aged between 3 and 17 years living with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy and create extraordinary memories for them and their families.

Volunteer are needed for WISH DAY, our annual fundraising day, on Friday 31st March 2017.

There are a number of ways you could get involved and support us:
* select a location nearby and volunteer to sell our badges there for the day
* hold a coffee morning or bake sale in aid of Make-A-Wish
* hold a Jersey Day or a similar themed day in aid of Make-A-Wish

Money raised on the day goes to continuing to grant wishes to our brave wish children.

If you can commit to the full day or even a few hours selling our bands, please to register online at one of our collection points. Alternatively contact Emma Horgan or call 01 2052012 for more details.

On behalf of everyone at Make-A-Wish; our wish children and their families, thank you for your support, we really do appreciate it.

Emma Horgan
Events Coordinator, Make-A-Wish® Ireland


Are you in your 40s?

The Dublin 40somethings organise spiritual and social events for people in their 40s in and around Dublin who have a Catholic ethos. We invite you to come along and get involved. Our next monthly gathering is at the Trinity City Hotel, Pearse Street, Dublin 2 at 8.30pm on Friday 3rd March. Then we have an evening Lenten Retreat at the Sacred Hearts, 66 Inchicore Road, Dublin 8, at 5pm on Saturday 11th March.
Come along or contact us on or 087 760 8268 for information on these and other events we organise.


Mother and Toddler Group

Meeting in St Mary’s Parish Centre
Thursdays from 10.30 to 12 noon
Dads, Grans, Grandads, Minders are all welcome.
Contact Yvonne 087 6361473


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.


Morning soirée in the Parish Bungalow

(St Mary's) Soirees are Free, there is no charge!

Mondays 10:30-11:30 . French conversation
Tea and Coffee for like minded people who want to engage in conversation en francais. Whether you know the basics or you are advanced, all are welcome to join in and take part in our morning of parler francais.

Wednesdays 10.30 - 11.30 - Irish Conversation
Tea and Coffee for like minded people who want to engage in conversation as gaeilge. All are welcome to join in for a cupán tae and cúpla focail.

Thursdays 10:30-11:30 Genealogy
Are you interested in finding your heritage? We will put you on the right path to finding your family's past and tracing your roots over a cup of tea or coffee.

Fridays 10.30 - 11.30 Photography
Whether you are experienced or just taking photos bring along your camera and get tips on how to capture the perfect image, while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee.

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?

More information and application is available on now (see ‘volunteering’).


Older Voices for Change

Older Voices for Change is an established advocacy group voicing opinions on issues that are affecting older people within the Clondalkin, Lucan, Newcastle and Palmerstown area.

If you feel you would like to work with us to make a difference please contact:
Eithne 085 7846007
Mairead 086 8446071
David 087 9402684


Free Aspergers Support Group & Youth Club

Sat 11am - 1pm.
Castleknock Community Centre.

Contact: 0868204663


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


Could you foster a child?

We are seeking to recruit families or individuals to care for children and young people who cannot live at home.
Ideally you will have a spare room and time available to care for a child.
Foster families come in all shapes and sizes, from all cultures and backgrounds.
Assessment, training and support will be provided to all Five Rivers Ireland Foster Families.
There will also be access to our 24 hour on-call support.
For more information please contact: Five Rivers Ireland on 01-866 5291 or visit our website


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



Lucan Sarsfields GAA
Every Wednesday

€10 per book
Free Teas & Coffees
From 8.30pm
Over 18s only


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 to children and adolescents in this area.

Foster families are needed for children of all ages, from birth to eighteen years and beyond.

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


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
Hillcrest Day – Today News

St. Mary’s Church, Lucan
Divine Mercy, Balgaddy


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.



Do you have a disability and need assistance? Do you have a family member or friend who might benefit from our help?

If so, here a LDAG we provide:
• An affordable and accessible transport service for people with disabilities 7 days a week
• Self drive cars to be driven by wheelchair users or their families
• Social Personal Assistants Service

We are a local charity and our membership is free!

Please contact us:
Unit 24 Hills Industrial Estate, Lucan Co. Dublin.
Tel:01 610-047