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19 February 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Articles without such will not be published.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade Lucan 2017

Entry Form

Name of Group:




Phone: ………………......................

Float: …… Walkers: ……

Please Return Completed Forms to any of the following
Mary Meehan, 174 Arthur Griffith Park, Lucan. Ph: 6281917 / 085-7374645.

Barbara Cummins, 180 Arthur Griffith Pk, Lucan. Ph: 5210715 / 086-2861692

Peter Brady, 43 Dodsboro, Lucan. Ph: 6241230 / 087-6345244.

Closing Date for Entries is Friday 24th February 2017


Woodville Downs Residents Association (incl Esker Lane)

Proposed traffic changes Woodies Junction and (NO) Right on R136 onto N4 slip road West.

SDCC have discussed proposed plans for the above junctions. They have not undertaken, according to proposals seen, traffic impact studies on surrounding housing estates/businesses/schools/hospital stretching from Hermitage estate all the way to include Lucan village. It is reported our elected Councillors will not have a vote on proposals, despite the costing in excess of 127K euro and it appears plans will have to involve encroaching on Lucan (Woodies) Retail Park, some of the Welcome to Lucan green and some of the green in front of Woodville. Some residents associations have been in contact and are bringing information back to their AGMs and committees.



Irish Blood Transfusion Service - Lucan/Finnstown Clinic

Venue: Finnstown Castle Hotel
Newcastle Rd, Finnstown, Lucan
Date: 21st February 2017
3:00pm - 5:00pm
7:00pm - 9:00pm


ELVIS & The Way it Was Orchestra

Sat. 25th Feb. at 8pm
Garda Boat Club
Tickets €15
Main fundraiser for the Chapelizod Summer Festival 2017
Emer on 087 9162880
or mail for tickets
or directly from Kevin Doyle, Fruit & Veg. Shop, Ballyfermot


Lucan ICA

Tues 21st Feb: Craft morning 10am – 12.30pm. Lots of ‘Unfinished Symphonies’ being worked on.

Wed 22nd Feb: Committee Meeting 8pm.

Thurs 23rd Feb: Dublin Federation Quarterly Meeting in the Gresham Hotel at 7.30pm. This is a worthwhile meeting to attend as we hear what’s happening in other guilds throughout Dublin.

Thank you to Edel McClelland from The Zipyard for an interesting talk on Wednesday night. We’ll all be re-vamped for Easter!


Lucan Drama

Book your tickets for the Theatre/Dinner event March 3rd Friday at 6280494 Spa Hotel. 4 course Dinner and play £25.

'The Pure of Heart' is a comedy written by John B Keane and directed by Donail Downes. John B Keane had a wonderful knack of creating very individual and distinct characters based on the various people he encountered during his life in rural Ireland. Some of these characters can be found in this One Act Comedy which is guaranteed to give us all a good laugh!

Dinner will commence at 7pm followed by the play...looking forward to meeting everyone on March 3rd, a great night out, good food, lively banter and a great show...and only £25!!!

At present we are rehearsing our full length play 'Duets', written by Peter Quilter and directed by Niall Cassidy...It is a comedy which will be performed late May in the Spa Hotel. Rehearsals take place every Tuesday and Thursday at 8 30pm so all members are welcome to attend if they so wish. Best of luck to cast and crew in their rehearsals!

Sheila 0872547725; Bernie 0864015794
Find us on Facebook.
Visit our website


Esker Active Retirement Association

Hi to all our Members and a big welcome to more new Members.

We still have some Members who are unwell so hope you’re all better soon and able to return to the club.

Big crowd here today and I was so glad to see our amazing coach Stephen back with us to get the walking football up and running again. Some really good games and I see we have a couple of very good lady goalies in our midst – they did a great job today. Hard to get the ball in the goals! Bit of tackling going on though – myself and another lady were so enthusiastic about getting to the ball first that we ended up bursting through the fire door! Didn’t need my grandsons shin guards today so no kicking from tall Pat today. I have laryngitis and I found it really frustrating when I couldn’t call out to my team to pass the ball and even more so when we were having our talk on our Spring break away but Treasa and Helen informed everyone about our trip. So it’s decided, we are going to Clonakilty in West Cork for a few days for our spring break. Beautiful part of the country with loads to do and places to see. They won’t know what’s hit them when we arrive with our lively bunch lol.

Big crowd playing indoor bowls and really enjoying their games while the whist players were totally engaged in their games under the watchful eye of Tom who has such patience with everyone. We really appreciate his input in the club.

Scrabble and other card games going well in the next room too.

Everyone loves the line dancing! Big big crowd on the floor to practice for the last half hour today. Great fun had by all. Even the Donegal sisters are improving….

Please try and remember to wear trainers/flat shoes for the walking football or you won’t be able to play - on the downside though, they’re not great for the line dancing are they? See you all next Wed at 1.30pm.

Marian (Club Secretary) 086 1269 043 – contactable between 3pm – 5pm on weekdays only.


Lucan Lions Club

"Serving Lucan Community since 1988"
Dates for your diary
Courtneys (upstairs) on Thursday 23 March 2017
Table of 4 - €40

Put on your dancing shoes and “Rock me Mama like a Wagon Wheel”
Spa Hotel on Thursday 2 March 2017 @ 6.00 pm.
For further details contact Eilene Tucker 086 1009371

If you require any further information on Lucan Lions Club please contact:
Lions Club President: 086 2394616


Lucan Active Retirement Association

Last date for membership fees is 23rd February.

Monies being collected for the Dogs at Shelbourne Park, also for Murder Mystery Weekend, and trip to Hotel Westport.

Frances taking names and money for “Evita” at Bord Gais.

Table Quiz planned for Thursday 16th March; that will be our St. Patrick’s Day party morning.

Whist Results for Tuesday 14th February:
1st Miriam Walsh
2nd Brendan Ryan
3rd Joyce Fallon, Deirdre Waters, and Mary C. McCarthy.

New session starts next Tuesday.


Liffey Sound 96.4fm

Vacancy – Self-Employed Advertising Representative/ Agent
Liffey Sound, the Community Radio Station for Lucan and its Environs, is seeking applications for the above position. The successful person will seek sponsorship for the station’s programmes and advertisements for broadcast during our weekly 58 hour schedule. Proven sales experience is essential. Remuneration for this self- employed position will be strictly on a commission basis.
Replies with cv’s, by e-mail, to, before 25th February 2017.

New News Reader
We would like to welcome Amandine Passot to our news team at Liffey Sound. Amandine will be producing and presenting the news on Thursdays.

"Ageing Matters" presented by Eithne and Mairéad on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 9pm is now available on podcast on our website and Facebook page. Their guests this week were Joan Dillon and Mary Jackson.

Every Wednesday between 4pm and 7pm, Liam Clarke and Joe Coyne bring you the "Midweek Sound" an eclectic mix of music and chat including the famous "Midweek Teaser" or catch up on Facebook

Liffey Sound 96.4FM- Lucan's Community radio station!


Make-A-Wish Ireland Annual Wish Day - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Make-A-Wish® Ireland has one simple aim – we grant the wishes of children aged between 3 and 17 years living with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy and create extraordinary memories for them and their families.

Volunteer are needed for WISH DAY, our annual fundraising day, on Friday 31st March 2017.

There are a number of ways you could get involved and support us:
* select a location nearby and volunteer to sell our badges there for the day
* hold a coffee morning or bake sale in aid of Make-A-Wish
* hold a Jersey Day or a similar themed day in aid of Make-A-Wish

Money raised on the day goes to continuing to grant wishes to our brave wish children.

If you can commit to the full day or even a few hours selling our bands, please to register online at one of our collection points. Alternatively contact Emma Horgan or call 01 2052012 for more details.

On behalf of everyone at Make-A-Wish; our wish children and their families, thank you for your support, we really do appreciate it.

Emma Horgan
Events Coordinator, Make-A-Wish® Ireland


Are you in your 40s?

The Dublin 40somethings organise spiritual and social events for people in their 40s in and around Dublin who have a Catholic ethos. We invite you to come along and get involved. Our next monthly gathering is at the Trinity City Hotel, Pearse Street, Dublin 2 at 8.30pm on Friday 3rd March. Then we have an evening Lenten Retreat at the Sacred Hearts, 66 Inchicore Road, Dublin 8, at 5pm on Saturday 11th March.
Come along or contact us on or 087 760 8268 for information on these and other events we organise.


Mother and Toddler Group

Meeting in St Mary’s Parish Centre
Thursdays from 10.30 to 12 noon
Dads, Grans, Grandads, Minders are all welcome.
Contact Yvonne 087 6361473


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.


Morning soirée in the Parish Bungalow

(St Mary's) Soirees are Free, there is no charge!

Mondays 10:30-11:30 . French conversation
Tea and Coffee for like minded people who want to engage in conversation en francais. Whether you know the basics or you are advanced, all are welcome to join in and take part in our morning of parler francais.

Wednesdays 10.30 - 11.30 - Irish Conversation
Tea and Coffee for like minded people who want to engage in conversation as gaeilge. All are welcome to join in for a cupán tae and cúpla focail.

Thursdays 10:30-11:30 Genealogy
Are you interested in finding your heritage? We will put you on the right path to finding your family's past and tracing your roots over a cup of tea or coffee.

Fridays 10.30 - 11.30 Photography
Whether you are experienced or just taking photos bring along your camera and get tips on how to capture the perfect image, while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee.

All welcome



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?

More information and application is available on now (see ‘volunteering’).


Older Voices for Change

Older Voices for Change is an established advocacy group voicing opinions on issues that are affecting older people within the Clondalkin, Lucan, Newcastle and Palmerstown area.

If you feel you would like to work with us to make a difference please contact:
Eithne 085 7846007
Mairead 086 8446071
David 087 9402684


Free Aspergers Support Group & Youth Club

Sat 11am - 1pm.
Castleknock Community Centre.

Contact: 0868204663


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


Could you foster a child?

We are seeking to recruit families or individuals to care for children and young people who cannot live at home.
Ideally you will have a spare room and time available to care for a child.
Foster families come in all shapes and sizes, from all cultures and backgrounds.
Assessment, training and support will be provided to all Five Rivers Ireland Foster Families.
There will also be access to our 24 hour on-call support.
For more information please contact: Five Rivers Ireland on 01-866 5291 or visit our website


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



Lucan Sarsfields GAA
Every Wednesday

€10 per book
Free Teas & Coffees
From 8.30pm
Over 18s only


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 to children and adolescents in this area.

Foster families are needed for children of all ages, from birth to eighteen years and beyond.

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


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
Carey’s Newsagents

Ballyowen / Ballydowd area
Penny Hill
Foleys Chemist
Texaco Service Station

Esker area
Spar Finnstown

Dodsboro area
Spar Dodsboro
Maxol Service Station
Hillcrest Day – Today News

St. Mary’s Church, Lucan
Divine Mercy, Balgaddy


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.



Do you have a disability and need assistance? Do you have a family member or friend who might benefit from our help?

If so, here a LDAG we provide:
• An affordable and accessible transport service for people with disabilities 7 days a week
• Self drive cars to be driven by wheelchair users or their families
• Social Personal Assistants Service

We are a local charity and our membership is free!

Please contact us:
Unit 24 Hills Industrial Estate, Lucan Co. Dublin.
Tel:01 610-047