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17 December 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Articles without such will not be published.


Lucan Newsletter Christmas Edition

All items for publication should be at usual addresses by Wednesday 20th, 10pm.
The Newsletter will be on sale from Friday lunchtime.
The first edition of 2018 will be for 7th January.


Urgently Needed

St. Vincent de Paul, St. Mary's Conference, urgently needs men's clothes and household items.
Also clothes for a girl, size 1 to 2 years old.
Please phone 086-3843206
Many thanks for your support


Carols for Simon - Cancelled

Hi all . We had to cancel our Carol Singing this year due to unforeseen illness/ankle break. If you want to donate to this worthy cause please ring Dublin Simon Community 01 6715551 or visit
All going well we'll have a comeback next year!
Happy Christmas to all.

We wish you a speedy recovery Eoin!


Citizens Information Centre

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

CIC Christmas Holiday Arrangements
The CIC in Ballyowen will close at 4:00 pm on Thursday the 21st of December and will re-open again on Tuesday the 2nd of January.

Clondalkin CIC will close at 12:30 on the 22nd and will also re-open on the 2nd. The Citizens Information Phone Service (0761 07 4000) will be closed from 8:00 p.m. on the 22nd to 9:00 a.m. on the 28th of December. There will be no FLAC clinic in Ballyowen CIC on the 21st or on the 28th of December.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our friends at Lucan Newsletter for their support during 2017 and to wish all of their readers a very happy Christmas and we look forward to serving the Lucan community again in 2018.


Liffey Sound 96.4fm

"Lucan Live" is broadcast every day at 3pm and repeated at 10pm each night. Podcasts of the programmes are also available on our website and Facebook page. Below is a flavour of what is available on podcast!

Wednesday the 6th of December, Brendan Hackett interviewed Fr. John Hassett, Moderator of the three Lucan parishes and outgoing president of the Lucan Lions, Ray Barnes.

Thursday the 7th of December, new presenter Anita O Kearney chatted to Caitlin Earley from Coláiste Cois Life who was on TY work experience with us and Aidan O Reilly from Ballyfermot College.

Friday the 8th December, Brendan Quinn interviewed Orla Keegan, Head of bereavement, Training and education from the Irish Hospice Foundation about bereavement coming into the Christmas period. Monday the 11th December, Nathan Walshe interviewed psychotherapist, Joanna Fortune about teenage social media usage and mental health. or catch up on Facebook
Liffey Sound 96.4FM- Lucan's Community radio station!


Esker Active Retirement Association

Hi all!
Well as I sit here with leg elevated and an ice pack on the large bruise on my leg owing to a tackle from Helen, who is supposed to be my friend!! But on the football pitch in our walking football, friendship seems to take a back seat when we’re all trying to get that ball in the net!! It was a very close match today with lots of team effort on both sides. We’ve got more men in our club now and they all love the football but there’s a few of our lady members who can still give them a run for their money. Brilliant goal keeping from Mary today!

We had whist, scrabble and bowls today followed by some sequence dancing which was very enjoyable. Hope my leg is better for dancing at our Christmas Party this Fri night!!

Our daytime Christmas party will take place on Wed 20th December and it’s open to all our Members. This will be our last club meeting until Wed 10th January 2018.

There’s a few of us going to The Johann Strauss Gala in the National Concert Hall at 3pm on Sat 27th January 2018 if any of our members would like to join us; just call me on the number below.

Our club runs every Wednesday from 1:30 – 4pm in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Main St., Lucan. New members welcome to join us in the New Year.

See you all next week guys
Marian Egan (Club Secretary) 086 1269 043


Sarsfield Park Residents Notice - Santa comes to the Park!

Our final meeting of the year was held and the winners of the Christmas draw are as follows; 1st prize House Number 50, 2nd prize - 104, 3rd prize - 114, 4th prize - 9, 5nd prize - 75, 6th prize - 56, 7th prize - 109, 8th prize - 115, 9th prize - 36, 10th prize – 118.

It has been confirmed that Santa will visit the Park on Wednesday 20th December from 18:30 onwards to meet all paid up members' children (10 years and younger). If you have any questions, please contact Caroline at No. 117.

Finally, the committee would like to thank everyone for their support in 2017 and wish all residents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


Lucan Library Events

Esker Folk Group
Saturday 16 December, 12.30-1.30pm.
Traditional songs and carols. All welcome (seasonal refreshments too!)

Christmas Film - 'Elf'
Saturday 16 December, 2-3.30pm
For age 9-11. PG - rated Parental Guidance.

Booking desirable. Contact the library on 016216422, email: or just come along on the day (first come, first served).


Lucan Active Retirement Assoc.

Our club party will be on the 21st December – members only. We will be closing that morning until 11th January 2018.

Thanks to Helen in St. Andrews, and Deirdre in St. Mary’s Parish Centre, for all their help during the year.

Happy Christmas and Happy New Year to al our members. Keep warm and se eyou all in the New Year.

Whist Results:
28/11: Joint 1st Joe Kinsella and Lil Kinsella, 2nd Brendan Ryan.
12/12: 1st Robin Adamson, Joint 2nd Marguerite Cunningham and Joyce Fallon.

New Session starts 2/1/2018.


Foróige Frolics Continue to Surge as Temperatures Plummet this December!

Foróige’s Youth Clubs in Lucan have kept their fun thermostats at full blast, as temperatures have fallen slowly over the past few weeks! The Clubs have had a frolic full first term from September, with young people getting themselves involved in all sorts of merriment; scavenger hunts, Return of the Jedi Freeze Tag in the Dark, Pictionary, Ice Cream Making, to a Citizenship Project - making a radio programme, reflecting some important issues for teenagers growing up in Ireland today. Ken Whelan, Leader with Elementals Lucan ASD Friendly Club is full of pride and praise for his club.

‘Elementals Lucan has been running since November 2015 when it first opened up for young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their siblings. The group has attracted a great collection of young people who take part in weekly activities ranging from karaoke, quizzes, arts/crafts and electronics to drumming circles.

Our most recent activity was to organise Christmas gift boxes for the ICHH Christmas appeal for those in our city who find themselves homeless at this time of year. It's been great to see the bonds of friendship grow between our members over the past while, the club has become a special place for them. We would welcome new volunteers to assist us in providing a warm and welcoming space for these young people and full training will be provided by Foroige’.

Louisa Tew, Club Leader with Team Lucan Juniors Club (10-12 yr olds) sees a big impact her own club has on her group of young people ‘The reason why I love our club is, it’s a space for kids to express their own opinions and ideas and create their own fun on their own terms. As Leaders, we try to get input from everyone so that it appeals to all and they enjoy coming back week on week. I think Foróige’s model of clubs works great for this reason - it encourages kids to get out of their comfort zones and to socialise with a wider circle of friends’.

Foróige support 500 volunteer led youth clubs across the country. Volunteers are an essential part of the organization, in terms of the level of rich diversity, caring, mentorship and leadership they bring to young people, hence their official title – ‘Leaders’. Foróige Leaders are time givers, active listeners, fun providers, motivators, mentors, who believe and who are committed to young people and their development. Foróige Leaders work in partnership with young people, to create a space which is fun, where young people feel welcome and accepted, that they can participate and contribute fully to club activity.

In Lucan, Foróige have a Juniors Club for 10-12 yr olds, two clubs for 12-16 yr olds in Ballyowen and Esker Lane and Elementals Lucan, an Autism Friendly Club for 12-17 yr olds. If you think you could be someone extraordinary for young people, if you think you are Leadership material, we’d love to hear from you! Foróige provides volunteers with all the supports they need to get involved. If you know of a young person who would really benefit by being involved in a Foróige Club, get in touch too!


Radio Project DJ’s of the future!

For further information on Foróige Clubs in Lucan, in wider South Dublin County and our volunteer programme, please contact Claire Hutchinson, Regional Youth Officer for South Dublin with Foróige on 085 1666945 or

Other ways to get in touch – South Dublin Foróige FB Page, Foróige South Dublin Twitter handle,, Instagram, Snapchat, Youtube (Foróige Channel)


Celbridge Mill Community Centre

Main Street Celbridge. Phone 01 6288556

Free Career Skills Programme commences 23rd Jan – with Modules – Health Food Made Easy, Manual handling, QQI Level 3 career preparation, & First Aid. Organised by Kildare Leader – Contact Breda 086 7916933

“First Light” –supporting suddenly bereaved Parents & Families of Teenagers– will host monthly meetings at our Centre. 7-9pm. Phone Margaret at 01 8732711

Community Choir Practise is now on Wed Mornings – 11am-1pm .Ideal for people living with dementia and their Carers. Contact Ann Harris – 087 6057264

Over 50s, 60s, 70s, Walking Indoor Soccer Tuesday nights at 7pm


Annual Fundraising Night

An Unforgettable Evening filled with performances by the World’s Best Salsa & Ballroom Dancers, a top class Live Orchestra & Singer, fantastic food, prizes to be won & social dancing for everyone!

Saturday 10th February at the historic Barberstown Castle Hotel, Straffan, Co. Kildare

Tickets: €40 Online - €50 at the door
Contact: 089-4957028


St Francis Hospice, Dublin

A Time to Remember: Christmas is a special time when we remember those we have cared for as we light our Christmas Tree during our Tree of Life Ceremonies held in the grounds of both hospices.

You can remember a loved one by dedicating a light on our Hospice Christmas Tree. Lights on the Christmas Tree may be sponsored until the end of December, €5 per light. If you wish to sponsor a light you may do so by contacting the hospice on 01 8327535 or online or just call into the Hospice in Raheny or Blanchardstown and sponsor your light(s) through main reception.

Thank you for your support of St Francis Hospice.


Lucan Lions Club

Many thanks to everyone who supported Lucan Lions Club during their recent bucket collection at Tesco which realized €2656. This money will be distributed to Lucan families in need of support over Christmas.

Lucan Lions will be collecting locally and continuing our Christmas Food Appeal up until December 23rd.

Food Appeals:
A bag packing in SuperValu on 15/16 December (involving students and scouts).
A Christmas Raffle sponsored by SuperValu, 6 Luxury Hampers - draw on 21st in SuperValu. Christmas Food Appeal SuperValu (21-23 Dec)
We currently have a Food Trolly in SuperValu where customers can donate food.

PRO Ray.0862394616,


Charity Christmas Cards

for sale in St Mary's Parish Centre in aid of
Peter McVerry Trust
Packs €5


Pieta House Christmas Cards

Pack of cards €5 and all available in St Mary's Parish Centre


NAGARHOPE Christmas Cards for sale

€5 for Pack of 12
Six beautiful designs.
Available from 191 Beech Park
Also available from the St Mary’s Parish Office.
Or contact 087-0666891


Palmerstown Tea Dance

Palmerstown Community and Youth Centre (beside Supervalu)
End of every month on a Sunday from 3-6pm
More information: 01 6166981
January 28th 2018 – Chris Dallat