Happy Mother's Day to all the Mams, Mums, Mamas and Mammies of Lucan.
No doubt many of you have become juggling experts in recent times! Enjoy the day!
Arty Lucan People! We might not have had a parade this year, but lots of kids did their bit by decorating their windows with great works of art.
Sean and Tadhg had their own art exhibition
There is an eerie silence in all school areas, not like holiday time when there are various activities on the go.
Then there's the shopping! With panic buying setting in every now and then, and people frightened out of their minds, we have to mind the minds themselves. Take care of your mental health. We'll get through this together!
Brilliant that Lucan Sarsfields can contribute by making their club grounds available for drive-in testing - another chapter in this club's history!
A neighbour placed a cut onion inside her front door - turns out she remembers her granny always put a cut onion inside her front and back doors to ward off any illness.
Hope all the students are able to keep their studies going - the exams will come eventually!
Lovely to walk around Lucan these days, and admire all the planting done by our Tidy Towns Group - well done to all who are involved!
The above little story is from the letters page of last Sunday's Independent.
Happy Birthday to Johnny on Sunday
Hope you have a great day
Lucan's First St. Patrick's Day Parade 1991
Lucan's first ever St. Patrick's Day Parade took place on Sunday 17th March 1991. The idea came from Barbara Cummins and Mary Meehan who were involved with Esker Majorettes at the time. Peter Brady and Garda John Sheeran came on board and with a handful of others began what would be an annual event.
On the review stand were politicians, among them Austin Currie, Brian Lenihen (senior), Liam Lawlor, Finbarr Hanrahan, Joan Burton, former Lord Mayor Dinny Byrne, with Lord Mayor of Lucan Denis Gilligan, as well as representatives from the churches and organisations.
The parade travelled from Quinnsworth (now Tesco), down the hill to Lucan Village, along the Main Road past the schools and St. Mary's Church, turning down Chapel Hill to finish at the Review Stand in front of the Muintir na Tire Hall. It was noted in Lucan Newsletter that there were over 60 entries.
The parade was deferred once on the occasion when Foot and Mouth Disease (2001), threatened the country, and was held in September of that year. Thirty years on, it was sad to see the parade falling victim once more, to a pandemic this time.
From Lucan Newsletter 1991
'This year's St. Patrick's Day dawned fair and clear. The Parade moved off from Quinnsworth at 3pm sharp. There was a fine turnout from all the participants.
The following were awarded prizes:
Best Float: Lucan Sarsfields GAA (prize donated by Diamond & Gem).
Best Under 16 Entry: Esker Summer Project (prize donated by Muintir na Tire).
Best Turned-out Group: Lucan United (prize donated by Sarsfield Park Residents Association).
Best Original Float: 23rd & 142nd C.B.S.I. (prize donated by Breda Clarke).
Best Marching Group: Lucan Youth Fun (prize donated by The Celtic Shop).
Best Performance: Leixlip Tap Dancers (prize donated by The Celtic Shop)
Best Commercial Entry: C.P.I. / M.F.P. (prize donated by The Celtic Shop)
The Committee would like to thank all who participated, and look forward to seeing you all next year again.'
'Lucan Newsletter would like to congratulate those who had the idea having a St. Patrick's Day Parade in Lucan and who followed it through to make the occasion such a resounding success. It was a great day out for all who live here to be able to celebrate our National Day with flair and style. We appreciate the hard selling and hard work which went into providing such a large number of floats. Well done to everyone who joined in and gave us spectators such pleasure.'
The Review Stand, Fossett's Circus along Chapel Hill, and Orla Mullarkey from St. Joseph's College on her bicycle, following the school's French tour.
Robert Fitzgerald and Paul Torsney carried the banner for Esker Summer Project, while in the Village, Caitriona Kelly lent a hand, with her sister Aoife carrying the entry number, followed by lots of boys and girls. Wonder where they all are 30 years on!