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21 July 2019
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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Articles without such will not be published.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 - Summer Holiday Issue NEXT WEEK

Next week’s issue, Sunday 28th July , will be our final copy before we take our three-week Summer Break!

We will be back in action, and well rejuvenated, for Sunday 25th August.

Please have notices for any August events over the holiday period, with us by Wednesday 24th July, for next week’s issue.


Men’s Shed Lucan

For the next 6-week period our shed will be opening only when requested by a member; shedders can still work on projects but should make arrangements for access with any committee member. This will be the format until Monday 2nd September.

This week we learned that our application to the 2019 Community Infrastructure Fund was unsuccessful; we are naturally disappointed but will learn from our efforts and apply again in 2020.

Our ground floor requires significant preparatory works before being fitted out and equipped; we aim to provide a high quality, safe workshop as soon as we can purchase the necessary tools and equipment. We continue to seek help and advice from anybody with hands-on experience of laying out or setting up a workshop. Lastly we urge people who have power tools or hardwoods they no longer use to consider gifting them to us -we will make good use of any such donation.

Our next open, general meeting is on Monday 16th September; 18.30 to 19.50 in Lucan Library. This meeting will allow the committee deliver updates on key projects and our Constitution review that is expected to be completed at our 2019 AGM, in October 2019. This meeting will also provide attendees with an opportunity to voice their opinions and/or bring forward suggestions. Member or not, if you have an idea or suggestion you'd like to voice, come along and share it with us.

We are contactable at our shed (rear of IWA premises) or online at


FREE Five Week Basic iPhone, iPad, Tablet and Smartphone Class

Commencing in Lucan Library on Tuesday 17th September from 10:30 – 12:30.
If you would like to book a place please enquire in the Library.


Lucan Festival 2019

In 1881 the Lord Lieutenant and Permanent Undersecretary were viciously assassinated in the Phoenix Park, Dublin by a hitherto unknown group calling themselves The Irish National Invincibles. It was an event that resonated around the world, horrified the British establishment and changed the application of the law here.

Mícheál Ó Doibhilín, local historian and publisher, will give an illustrated talk on these assassinations, their consequences and the ongoing campaign for justice for the five Invincibles hanged as a result.

This is a rare opportunity to hear about a forgotten but hugely important and pivotal episode in the struggle to free Ireland from the British Empire in the 19th century.

This illustrated talk will be on Weds 4th Sept at 8pm in the Presbyterian Church - admission is free.


Lucan Active Retirement

Hi all just a reminder,
Bowls, and Scrabble on Wednesday 24th July to August 21st in St. Andrews Parish Centre. No Bowls or Scrabble on 31st July and 28th August. Time 7.30pm.


Liffey Sound 96.4fm

QQI Level 3 in Media Expression
Liffey Sound recently delivered a QQI level 3 course in Media Expression to residents in the Clondalkin Towers direct provision centre. The course was delivered by certified trainer, Maria Murphy. The outcome of the course is an interesting radio programme produced and recorded by 2 residents, Hicham and Precious about their experiences of living in direct provision. The programme is now available on podcast on our website.

Joe Byrne- Recorded historical tour of Lucan
Joe takes people on his historical tours during each year's Lucan Festival, but over a period of 6 months as part of the "Lucan Live" programme, presented by Brendan Hackett, Joe brought Liffey Sound listeners with him. These recordings are now available as a podcast on our website. or catch up on Facebook

Liffey Sound 96.4FM- Lucan's Community Radio Station!


Age Action – For all older people

Are you frustrated by your lack of computer skills? Do you feel that the digital age has passed you by?
Are you confused by well-meaning family instruction (i.e. no patience with you!)

Learn How to:
Search the Internet Send & receive emails
Shop and book flights
Use your own device or use computers available at some venues

Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience or for the absolutely terrified!

Courses run once a week for 5 or 6 weeks
All Courses Are Free of Charge
Classes are held in venues throughout Dublin

For more information about the course or if you would like to become a volunteer phone (01) 475 6989


Lucan Summerfest 2019 Summer Holiday Club

Monday 5th to Friday 9th August
10am to 12.30pm for 5 to 12 year olds
Just €2 a day

At The Lucan Centre, (Primrose Lane, Lucan) Email: for a registration form or call Ryan on 01 6280217


New Jobs Club

We will be starting a new Jobs Club, in the Balgaddy Child and Family Centre, Meile an Ri Road, Balgaddy, Lucan, starting on Monday 29th July to Friday 16th August, from 9.30a to 12.30pm daily .

The Jobs Club is a 3 week programme designed to equip jobseekers with the tools they need to search and apply for jobs. The modules we cover are as follows:
C.V. Preparation (each individual will have a professional C.V. typed)
Cover Letters (how to write a targeted cover letter to accompany their C.V.)
Application Forms (guidelines on how to fill-out application forms online)
Rights at Work (Workplace rights including contracts and pay rates)
Personal Development (This module looks at self-esteem, goal setting and affirmations)
Job Searching (we use ipads in the Jobs Club to search and apply for jobs)
Networking (this module looks at how to access jobs on the open and hidden job market via networking)
Mock Interviews

There is a €60.00 payment given to each participant who successfully completes the Jobs Club to help with travel costs, parking expenses etc. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided to all participants.

People can contact me by email: or phone: 0876348375.


Muslim Convention in Ireland concluded, reaffirming rejection of violation and extremism, and loyalty to country of residence

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, Ireland held its 18th Jalsa Salana (Annual Convention) on, Sunday, 14th of July 2019 at Glenroyal Hotel Maynooth Co. Kildare.

Muslims all over Ireland attended the convention and reaffirmed their rejection of violence and extremism, as the community is totally committed to eradicate any kind of extremism from Islam

It officially begun with a flag hoisting ceremony in the morning at 9.50 AM in which the Irish Tricolor, and the flags of the four provinces was raised, along with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community flag.

It was attended by people from all walks of life including representatives from all political parties in Ireland, faith leaders and members of Garda Siochana.

Cllr Peter Kavanagh, representing Mayor of SDCC, addressed the audience and praised the Ahmadiyya community Ireland for holding such events and promoting peace

Addressing the audience, Inspector Bary Mills at the Ahmadiyya Muslim. Annual convention 2019, applauded the community for its worldwide charitable and peace promoting activities.

A book stall and exhibition on the community's history in Ireland, key Islamic beliefs and topics was also on display.

This whole programme was recorded by team of Muslim Television Ahmadiyya Ireland for MTA international. The programme was simultaneously translated in English and Urdu Languages.

Dr Anwar Malik, National President, Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, Ireland addressed the audience and welcomed the guests - The Imam of Western Europe, Biggest Mosque, Baitulfatuh Mosque in Morden London, Maulana, Imam Naseem Bajwa Sahib, who also address the attendees as a representative of Supreme Leader of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmed, May Almighty be his helper.

Imam Ibrahim Noonan, Missionary In-charge Ahmadiyya Muslim association and Imam Galway mosque also addressed the audience.


Dr Anwar Malik, National President, Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, Ireland addressing the audience

The Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam was founded in India in 1889 with a strong emphasis of peace over violence and tolerance over extremism.

Motto of the movement is “Love for all, hatred for none”.


Red Line Book Festival 2019

Poetry Competition - Now open!
For more information please visit

The closing date for entries is Friday 23rd August, 2019 and entries will only be accepted by email.

The shortlist will be announced on Friday 20th September, 2019, with the winner announced during this year’s Red Line Book Festival (Monday 7th October - Sunday 13th October).


St. Joseph’s College

The Board of Management
invites applications for the position of
Principal’s Personal Secretary (Post Primary) to take effect from 7th October 2019.
Letter of application and copy of CV (to include names and contact details of referees) to be posted to:
The Principal / Secretary to the Board of Management, St Joseph’s College, Lucan, K78 VW74 Co Dublin.

Job Description available on request by emailing Typed applications must be received by Friday, 6th September 2019

Minimum 3 years’ experience; Salary negotiable; Short-listing may apply.
The Board of Management is an equal opportunities employer.


Society for Old Lucan (SOL)

SOL is the local history group for Lucan; open to everyone. Free to join - email We have an active Facebook group that you can join; “Society for Old Lucan (SOL)” and Twitter: @Soc4OldLucan.

Booking Now Open! Free Heritage Week Events in Lucan
We have planned two free events for Heritage Week. You MUST book your ticket via the links below to attend:

1) Tour of King John’s Bridge & St. Finian’s medieval church & graveyard by Darren Tully, SOL Committee Saturday 17th August @ 11.00.
Book Your Ticket Here: and the link also has starting location and further information.

2) Talk on “The 18th-century Toll Road from Dublin to Mullingar, via Lucan” by our guest speaker, the eminent local historian from Leixlip, John Colgan. Lucan Library Seminar Room, 14.30 Friday 23rd August.
Book Your Ticket Here:

Free Historical Tour for Elected SDCC Councillors
We have put together a free, short historical walking tour of Lucan, just for our Local Councillors, to raise awareness of the wealth of Lucan’s heritage. We’ll be sending invites by email this week coming but booking is also open to Local Councillors via Tour is on 19th July at 7.30pm, please email with any queries.

Committee: Helen Farrell (chair), Elaine Hurley, Billy Sines, Darren Tully, Stephen Callaghan, Paul Butler. Contact us:


Step by Step Dublin to Knock Walk to Feed the Next Child

Mary’s Meals began feeding 200 children in Malawi in 2002 and is now feeding 1,425,013 children every day in places of education. With our no frills policy, it costs €15.60 to feed a child for a year. To raise funds and awareness, we are walking throughout Ireland starting on 7th August from Malin, Derry, Armagh, Coalisland, Lurgan, Dublin, Kilkenny and Limerick and arriving in Knock Co Mayo on 15th August.

Please visit our website

If you would like to participate in the walk you would be most welcome, we are passing through Lucan Wednesday 7th August. T-shirts, high-vis vests, sponsorship cards and more information is available. Contact numbers are on the website or if preferred phone Fr Eamonn Kelly on 0879077985.


Celbridge Mill Community Centre

Main Street Celbridge. Phone 01 6288556

Soccer Players aged 55 – 75 years wanted for our “Walking Indoor Soccer” which takes place on Tuesdays at 7pm

Fancy a game of traditional “Whist/ 25s”? Whist / 25s Card Games and social night at the centre every Monday at 8.30pm. Phone Mary at 01 6288174 .


Lucan Newsletter Sales Outlets

Lucan Village Collins Butchers, Main Street
Lynchs / Centra

Ballyowen / Ballydowd area
Foleys Chemist
Texaco Service Station

Esker area
Spar Finnstown

Dodsboro area
Spar Dodsboro
Maxol Service Station

St. Mary’s Church, Lucan


“Shine” Carers Group

(Blackrock, Co Dublin)

Carers Group Meeting - Mental Illness
The Carers of those who are affected by Mental Illness.

First Monday each month at 20.00 (2nd Monday if 1st Monday is Bank Holiday)

Centre for Living: (Top of) Carysford Ave, Blackrock, Co Dublin

For more details see our website:


Senior Line

Do you need someone to talk to?
Senior Line is a confidential listening service for older people by older people anywhere in Ireland - Freephone 1800 80 4591.
Senior Line is open from 10am – 10pm, 365 days a year.



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?

We are now accepting volunteer applications with training starting in February 2019.
More information and application is available on now (see ‘volunteering’).


Tús Care & Repair

South Dublin Co. Partnership
Free Community Service

Tús Care & Repair provides a free odd job service for people and organisations that are eligible within our local community.

Examples of work we do:
Minor gardening jobs (e.g. mowing lawns, trimming hedges etc.). Small painting jobs, hanging curtain rails, putting up shelves, minor DIY jobs considered.

Examples of work we do NOT do:
We do not undertake, construction, plumbing, electrical work, cleaning of gutters at unsuitable heights, insulation.

If you can tick any of the following boxes you may be eligible for this service:
- A resident in South Dublin
- Senior Citizen
- Have a long-term illness or disability
- Are referred from a support worker/health service
- Are a community/voluntary organisation

How is works
- You contact your local office and describe the job
- A member of the Care & Repair team will visit you and assess the job
- A member of the office will then contact you with a start date
- A team of two or more will carry out the job
- All work must be signed off after completion
- If demand becomes too high waiting list may apply.

The Care & Repair team consists of voluntary Tús workers who have put themselves forward for this project. They all are committed to improving the lives of senior citizen and people with mobility issues in our community. In order to reassure and give peace of mind to our service users, all of our workers have been Garda vetted and carry company ID cards.

We have excellent good will between our service users and our workers since the project began and we are always looking for opportunities to be of assistance within our community.
Some jobs might be too big, but never too small...

For further information please contact:
Tallaght Office 086 0270821,
Clondalkin Office 086 0424983

Office opening hours: Mon. - Fri. 9am - 5pm
Main Building
Killinarden Enterprise Park, Tallaght, Dublin 24
ACE Enterprise Park
Unit 10, Bawnogue, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.




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


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 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.