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5 February 2023
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Mary – Community / Schools / Local History

Rose – Sports / Politics

Anna – Parish Notes / Fundraising

Catherine – Anniversaries / Queries on Advertising


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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Articles without such will not be published.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 St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2023

For details of how to enter this year’s parade, see the entry form in this week’s hardcopy of Lucan Newsletter
or contact:
Phone: Caroline Brady 085 2551602


Lucan Active Retirement Association

We meet in St Andrew's Parish Centre, Main Street, Lucan, on Thursdays at 11.30am.
New members are always welcome. Lots of activities to enjoy. Bowls, scrabble, cards, drama and choir. Coffee \ Tea break at 1pm.


Lucan Drama

WAR to break out in Lucan SPA Hotel

The cast has been chosen, the script is classic Roddy Doyle and under the guidance of Mary Guy, James Goodman and Brian Whitney we are launching into rehearsals.

More updates to follow…..


Lucan Senior Citizens

Wednesday 8th February: Social Morning and Lunch in the Spa Hotel. 10.30 – 2.30.


Lucan Planning Council

Petition regarding the 25 and Hospital Bus: Thank you to those who have already collected signatures in their estates. St Brigid's day marks the start of Spring and hopefully milder weather, and we invite more volunteers to come forward when you can if you wish to play an active part. We are also currently seeking a meeting with Minister for Older People, Mary Butler, regarding accessibility of buses to older people.

Traffic flow in the village, potential to extend cycleway into St Catherine's, and Cllrs vote on the Village Green: Those living west of Woodies must be included in any new initiatives regarding access to public transport, walking and cycling. We are aware that SDCC have engaged KPMG to examine the potential for tourism in the county. We support extending the cycleway into St Catherine's which is the logical route. However, we in the LPC are mindful of local concerns about the Village Green that were brought up when we went round from door to door prior to the recent part8 public consultation.

We are seeking clarification from Cllrs regarding proposed works on the Village Green. We understand Cllrs were given two separate votes on the proposed changes. The public were not given this opportunity regarding changes to the Village Green. Objections were made in good faith to the parking proposals on the understanding if this did not go ahead neither would the Village Green changes. Splitting the part8 proposals invalidated the public consultation process in our view.

We have already met Lucan Traders to discuss options for traffic flow and our own proposal.

Caitríona McClean, LPC secretary
086 3898327


Esker Active Retirement Association

Hi everyone,

Well today we had our AGM and we had a marvellous turnout for it, fifty members attended. We have formed a new Committee and we’d like to thank our three Committee Members who stepped down today, Treasa McNamara who has been on the Committee right from our Clubs inception seven years ago and has been our Chairperson throughout. Then, a couple of years ago Sean Hegarty and Rita Walsh joined our team and offered some new dynamics to our Club. We are going to miss their input and hard work on the Committee these past years. However, they are staying on in the Club so no doubt, we’ll be calling on them for advice and help along the way.

Next week we will start taking our yearly subscription of €25 each for our Club; we’ll need your name, check we have the correct mobile phone number for you and we need your email address for head office.

Can I just say to everyone; it is so important to keep your mind active and your body as we age. By playing these card games, scrabble and doing the activities we have here in the club, we have to use our brain and our bodies. All these things help against all forms of Dementia /Alzheimer’s Disease so make sure when you retire, that you join a club to keep the brain active. Still more people joining our club each week and we don’t close the door to anyone. Just drop into the club any Wednesday afternoon. We are looking for more men to join our club as we want a good mix, so all you men out there who are retired, please think about it.

We are in St. Andrew’s Church Hall just down from Stagg Cycles which is a blue and yellow building. There’s parking in the grounds of the Church and also a bus stop outside the Church gates.

Till next time,
Marian Egan (Club Secretary) 0861269043


Anam Cara South Dublin

Anam Cara South Dublin, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding it's monthly Parent Evening for bereaved parents on Monday 13th February at 7:15pm in the Maldron Hotel, Whitestown Way, Tallaght. This event is free and open to all bereaved parents regardless of the age your child died, the circumstances of their death, or whether their death was recent or not.

We’d be very grateful if you could help us to raise awareness of this free event for bereaved parents in your community. For more information, see or call our Information Line on 01 4045378



Last few days now to buy your tickets for a great night out while supporting a great cause, educating kids in Nepal.
Thanks to all who have bought tickets so far.
Phone numbers are on the poster, tickets are also available from 191 Beech Park.

Niamh Clandillon


Table Quiz & Raffle

in aid of North Kildare (Leixlip) Arch Club
(a voluntary social club for people with disabilities)

St. Mary's GAA, Green Lane, Leixlip
Friday 24th February 2023
8 pm, tables of 4 €5pp

All support is greatly appreciated


St. Mary’s Camera Soirée

Last Friday we looked at some of the free software that is available to process photographs and concluded that, depending on whether you are a really serious photographer or just have it as a nice hobby, some of the free software may satisfy your needs. Without a doubt we accepted that you cannot expect anything like the range of processing options that come with a package like Photoshop with a free software package.

Last weekend we gave over the back page to publicising the plans of St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s Parishes to organise a pilgrimage to the regions of Tuscany and Umbria in Italy either later this year or in early 2024. It looks like a lovely trip and hopefully it will happen.


As a consequence, some photographs were held over including Conor’s photograph of Ireland’s smallest breeding bird species – the Goldcrest - which measures just 9 cm in length. The bird is a common resident throughout Ireland. Also held over was Michael B’s photo of Shackleton’s Mills from an unusual angle, the opposite side of the river Liffey.




New this week were Anna’s photograph taken in the grounds of the Spa Hotel at sunset and Joe’s photo of Snowdrops, a sure sign that winter is drawing to an end. Interestingly these beautiful flowers are poisonous if eaten! They are not native to this part of the world. Their native range is mainland Europe.


Until next week stay safe!






Mother & Toddler Group

Thursdays in St. Mary’s Parish Centre, from 9.30am to 11.30am.




Recovery Meeting Reopened

Do you have?
Anxiety, Panic, Anger, Depression
Recovery Self -Help Method Ireland CAN HELP YOU!
Local Meeting: St Marys Parish Centre Lucan, Thursday 7.30 p.m.
Tel: 00353 062 60 775


Palmerstown Camera Club

At Palmerstown Camera Club we hold a weekly meeting in person, every Wed from 8 pm to 10 pm in the Palmerstown Parish Hall. 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

Recently in Palmerstown Camera Club, we had the judging night for a themed competition “Old”, and below we have three of the winning images:


Advanced: Lorraine Kelly - Rusty.


Intermediate: Miriam Power - Haunting the Old Church, also chosen as Image of the month.


Novice: Owen Connolly – Old Timer.


Lucan Citizens Information Centre

Our telephone number is 0818 07 5090

Our office is located in the Ballyowen Castle Youth and Community Centre, Ballyowen, Lucan

Opening hours:
Walk-ins to see an Information Officer

Tuesday: 10am - 12pm
Wednesday: None
Thursday: 10am – 12pm and 2pm to 4 pm

Reception open
Tuesday: 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm
Wednesday: 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm
Thursday: 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm
We are closed on Mondays and Fridays.

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

MABS – the Money Advice and Budgeting Service is the State's money advice service, guiding people through dealing with problem debt for over 20 years. MABS phone service is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 8 pm on 0818 07 2000


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



Older people need your support!
ALONE is recruiting volunteers to provide companionship and support through their Telephone Support & Befriending service for older people.

ALONE asks that interested volunteers commit to one set shift of 2 hours per week for a minimum of 6 months.

Visit for more information.


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