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16 December 2018
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Articles without such will not be published.


Lucan Newsletter Christmas Issue Next Week

Our first issue of 2019 will be for Sunday 6th January

Notices for events over the Christmas period should be with us no later than next Wednesday night, 19th December


Carols by Candlelight Fundraiser

Lucan Gospel Choir and Cóir Naomh Padraig
Tuesday 18th in St. Patrick’s Church.

Tickets €5 and raffle on the night.
All Welcome


Lucan Active Retirement Assoc.

Lucan Active Retirement Association would like to Thank Super Value for the vouchers we received last week very much appreciated.

We would like to thank Deirdre and all the staff in the parish office for all their help during the year. Also Helen in St Andrews Parish Hall.

The club closes on Thursday 20th December for Christmas Holidays and will reopen on 3rd January.

The committee would like to wish all our members a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.

New members welcome we meet every Thursday in St Andrew parish Hall at 11-30


Liffey Sound 96.4fm

Thanks to everyone who kindly supported our fundraiser in the Penny Blue on the 30th of November. Special thanks to the staff of the Penny Hill pub and our volunteer DJ's Andrea Walshe and Kelly Darcy.

Tune into our brand new programme on Saturday nights at 8pm called "Rattlesnake Steve promotes talent", every week Stephen Bryan will be interviewing rock and metal bands from the Dublin area. Last week's programme is now available on podcast on our website. or catch up on Facebook

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


Lucan Men’s Shed

We will take a break over the Christmas period, getting the sawdust and glass fibre out of our hair for a couple of weeks. Our shed will close at 1pm on Friday, December 14th and reopen at 10.30am on Monday, January 07th, 2019. Our next general meeting will be on Monday, 14th January; 6.30 to 7.50pm in Lucan Library. Our general meetings offer everybody a chance to voice their opinions and/or bring forward suggestions and we will be updating attendees on our shed's fit-out & upgrade. We look forward to a positive & productive meeting to kick-start 2019 and all are welcome.

We wish to acknowledge the support our group has received from so many sources, especially Lucan Newsletter and Lucan Library, our consistent benefactors; plus all who donated material, tools & equipment. And a big thank you to the core group of shedders who turn up regularly to get stuck in and do the physical work required.

In addition, we wish to acknowledge and publicise the grant funding recently received from the Department of Rural & Community Development Affairs and South Dublin's Community Enhancement Programme -administered by the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC). This significant financial assistance is greatly appreciated and will enable us purchase high quality equipment to extend our capabilities. We are striving to build an effective community group, providing much-needed facilities for our members and assisting and cooperating with other community groups.

Happy Christmas to all from Lucan Men's Shed.


Lucan ICA


Eilish, Mary, Pauline and Claire attending Christmas demonstrations in An Grianan where Christmas decorations, flower arranging and Cookery took place all were raffled at the end of the evening.

Congratulations to Mary Shanagher on the birth of a new granddaughter last week.


Lucan Tidy Towns

The bronze medal which Lucan won in the Tidy Towns competition in September was presented last week, in Abbeyshrule in County Longford, which was the regional winner in Leinster.




Minister of State Sean Canny presenting the medal and plaque to Catherine and Kevin O'Loughlin.


Lucan Disability Action Group

Thank you to Esker Folk Group & Fr. John.

We had a lovely evening in St. Patrick’s Church, Esker, donations in aid of Clodagh Harrington's ongoing care. It was a great fun evening singing along to favourites, including all our favourite carols, particular favourite “O Holy Night” beautifully sung, and we ended the evening with a rousing Christmas singalong, all singing “I want to wish you a merry Christmas”. We are now all officially in the mood for Christmas. We also had a super raffle with amazing prizes. Thank you to Liffey Sound 96.4 FM for broadcasting us live. We can't say thank you enough to Fr. John for allowing us to use the Church and the Esker Folk Group for their wonderful songs and music.

Christmas Raffle: Tickets are on sale and there is still time to get a ticket. We have super amazing prizes. Draw this Sunday 16th December. Tickets from the office 01 4574405

Accessible Transport - Volunteer Driver: Unfortunately, we have more demand for transport on Christmas Day and St. Stephen's Day than we can deliver. If you would like to volunteer as a mini-bus driver over Christmas or at any other time, please contact Barry in the office (01) 457 4405.

Contact Us: If you need accessible transport call Barry or John for transport (01) 4574405 or drop into our office at Unit 23 ACE Enterprise Park, Bawnogue, D22 T180.

Merry Christmas: To all our members, family and friends we wish you a peaceful, happy and healthy Christmas.


Christmas Lights – Lucan Festival

Many thanks to all who performed and helped during last week’s switch on of the Christmas Lights.

Particular thanks to Joe Reid (Mr Santy himself) and Pascal from the 180th Scout group. The group from the Panto (Goldilocks) and Aunty Septic (Ian McClean) were just wonderful.

Thanks also to all who turned up to enjoy the afternoon.

We wish everyone a very happy Christmas

Joe Byrne, Chairman


Lucan Lions Club

Lucan Lions Club, serving our community since 1988.

Club services are in high demand during December, so, Lions Club members are currently fundraising to support needy families at Christmas time.

This Friday night Westside Stage School members are participating in the annual ‘Souper Sleepover’. This well supported fundraising event gives proceeds to the homeless charity Fr. McVerry Trust. Up to one hundred students will sleep overnight in a school hall.

Lucan Spa Hotel are once again allowing Club members to sell raffle tickets at the Christmas Dinner Shows on Friday and Saturday nights. This project is running for twenty-five years and has raised thousands for our charity clients.

Supervalu Lucan have trolleys available to customers who might like to donate food to the Lions Christmas Food Appeal. Next weekend Lucan Lions will be present in Supervalu with TY students doing Bag Packing. All proceeds will be used to purchase food vouchers.

We will also be raffling six, Deluxe Christmas Hampers at Supervalu exit door. Prize winners will be contacted on Sunday afternoon.

You can join our festive fun by volunteering, a few hours of your time this Christmas. Always accompanied by Lions Club members.

Contact email:


Sarsfield Park & District Residents Association

The winners of the Residents’ Christmas draw are
1st 59 (€75 Tesco voucher)
2nd 15 (€50 Collins butchers voucher)
3rd 100 (€25 Collins butchers voucher)
4th 53 (bottle of vodka)
5th 56 (bottle of whiskey)
6th 22 (Tin of biscuits)
7th 48 (Tin of biscuits)
8th 121 (Tin of biscuits)
9th 52 (box of sweets)
10th 55A (box of sweets)
11th 95 (box of sweets)

The residents Association would like to thank Fintan Dunne from Collins butchers for donating the €25 voucher for the draw.

Santa will be calling to the boys and girls of paid up members on Thursday the 20th of December starting time 6.30.

We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year


Lucan Senior Citizens

Thank you to everyone who supported our Festive Flowers demonstration. Christine Hughes showed us how to make beautiful Christmas flower arrangements to decorate our homes. We raised €1863.00 for Senior Citizens Club and a donation to Br. Kevin, Church St. A special thank you to our hard-working committee who provided delicious home baking treats for supper.

Our annual Christmas party was held in the Spa Hotel on Wednesday 28th November We started early with tea and scones. Christmas Bingo followed by a delicious Christmas Sinner. Afterwards we were entertained with delightful singing buy Cathy Nugent accompanied by Seamus. Then we danced the afternoon away to Tom and Declan’s music. Thank you to Frank, Ulick and Staff of the Spa Hotel who always look after us so well.

Happy Christmas to Deirdre, Parish Centre Staff, and Newsletter Staff who supported us throughout the year.

We wish all our members and committee a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.

Anne and Geraldine



Monday December 10th – Sunday December 16th 2018
Drop off to Lucan Sarsfields Club Bar
Monday to Friday 7.30pm-10pm
Saturday and Sunday 2.30-10pm

Donations Needed!

Sleeping bags, Sanitary products, Backpacks, Toiletries (not aerosols, mouthwash or hand sanitizer), New underwear and socks, Hats, Scarves and Gloves, Sweets and Chocolate

Second hand clothes in good condition (adults and childrens)

Jackets, Tops, Jumpers, Hoodies, Tracksuit Bottoms, Winter Coats, Runners, Shoes, Hats, Scarves, Gloves

Contact: Ciara 0872885299, Colette 0863799270


SVP Shop Lucan

We require good quality donations of ladies, gents and children’s clothes, bric a brac, shoes, handbags, unwanted gift sets, jewellery.
5/6, The Village Centre, Lucan
Open: 10am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday


Come and have another look! St Mary’s Friday Photography Soirée

6th Exhibition of Photographs
Lucan Library, Newcastle Road
Saturday 24th November 2018 until Christmas

A rotating selection of the photographs displayed in the Parish Centre exhibition of the work of the St. Mary’s Friday Photography Soirée will be on display in Lucan Library for the next month starting on Saturday 24th November. So if you missed this wonderful exhibition now is a second opportunity to see the work of the group.


St Vincent de Paul, St Mary's Conference

St Vincent de Paul, St Mary's Conference, would like to thank all our loyal supporters and helpers for their support throughout the year. Coming up to Christmas can be a stressful time. If you, or anyone you know, could do with some help this Christmas, please do not hesitate to phone 01-8550022. All help is treated confidentially. The annual appeal this year will be held nation wide on December 8th / 9th.


Christmas Cards for Sale

NAGARHOPE Christmas Cards €5 for Pack of 12
Six beautiful designs.
Available from 191 Beech Park
Or contact 087-0666891

Pieta House Christmas Cards Pack of 12 for €5

Peter McVerry Christmas Cards Pack of 10 - €5

All available from St Mary's Parish Office.




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.


Lucan Newsletter Sales Outlets

Lucan Village 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


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.