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22 May 2022
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Lucan Drama

The last two chances to see 'The Playboy of The Western World ' by J.M. Synge on Friday night and Saturday night in Lucan Spa Hotel, 8pm.
Tickets €12.for standard ticket. €10 concession.
Dinner and Theatre ticket €30.
Bookings for dinner 01 6280494
Contact 086 0666626 for standard tickets - tickets available at the door.


Energy, poetry, action and conversation is alive and kicking in this production. We welcome our new members in the cast and great to see former members back on the stage. Many thanks to you all: Director Donal Downes, cast and crew, both back stage and front of house; to all who sourced props and costumes - you rose to the challenge of making a wonderful and emotional return to the theatre after an anxious and difficult 'lock down'. It is particularly enhancing to watch the '4 young girls' thriving and having such fun at rehearsals and making us laugh again.

Thanks to the Staff and Management of the Spa Hotel for allowing us to use their space for regular rehearsals, and to the newsletter team for accepting our notes so efficiently and without fuss As usual the Raffle is a big hit, and we are so grateful to all who donated so generously.

Drama in Lucan is back!!!

Contacts: Bernie.086 4015794; Jack 086 066 6626


Lucan ICA

Tues 23rd May: Craft Group meet as usual 10am to 12.30pm.
The Hostesses are Carmel Lyons and Fiona Guinan.


Sample of our pillow dolls we have made on our craft morning. Nice to see everybody out and about again looking so well, enjoy the sunshine!


Lucan Library Table Quiz for Adults

Thursday 26th May at 2pm
Come along and test your general knowledge in this fun quiz! Prize for the winning table.
Register for your place by phoning Lucan Library at 01-6216422 or email at; or drop in to the library desk.

Library opening hours:
Mon-Thurs 9.45am-8pm; Friday
and Saturday 9.45am-4.30pm.


Adult Education

The Adult Education Service in Lucan Education Centre, on Esker Hill are currently enrolling for free and flexible part-time courses commencing in September 2022.

These Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) courses are at times to allow you to choose between one and four different subjects to fit around your busy life. Each subject is 4 hours per week and takes place mostly in the mornings.

For more details, contact or call (01) 6283557.


Sarsfield Park & District Residents Association

Thank you to the residents whom attended the meeting on the 16th May.

We have recently updated our constitution and it is available for your reviewing at Feel free to give any feedback to any committee member, we shall revisit same at our AGM in February. Copies of the constitution and GDPR policy have been posted on our facebook page also for your information. If anyone would like a copy please email the committee

We need to finalise numbers for the seniors event on the 16th June so please contact the committee for ticket information at numbers 46, 52 and 63 or by email.

Thank you


Lucan Active Retirement Association

We meet in St Andrew's Hall, Lucan Village on Thursdays from 11.30 am to 2.30pm.
There is an open invitation to you to come to one of our meetings.
We have bowls, Scrabble and cards - or you can just have a chat.
We have light refreshments at 1.15 pm.
You are welcome to wear a face covering if you are more comfortable doing so.


Esker Active Retirement Association

Hi everyone
We had our AGM this week, it has been postponed a couple of times due to Covid. Forty-eight members attended and we also had our Regional Development Officer, Mai Quaid, in attendance. Everything went according to plan and we took the opportunity to discuss other matters while we had everyone listening.

This Friday night around thirty of us are attending the play in the Spa Hotel, “Playboy of the Western World”, and we are all looking forward to our night out to see the play and enjoy each other’s company. Some of us are meeting up in the bar in the Spa Hotel for a snack around 6.30pm and then going into the play for 8pm.

Belonging to a group like Active Retirement, it means you have people to socialise with, you make great friends and each week you’ve got something to look forward to, so don’t sit home alone, join a group and enjoy your life. Friends enhance your life.
See you all at the club next Wed.

Take care everyone.
Marian Egan (Club Secretary) 0861269043




Lucan Senior Citizens

On Wednesday 18th, Tess from Lucan Garden Centre, Peamont Rd, gave us ademonstration on arranging patio pots and window boxes. We got lots of tips on the importance of drainage, feeding and positioning trailing plants etc.

Tess made up a lavender pot, herb pot, trailing and upright pot and a selection of geraniums. We also had fresh flower arrangements and geraniums and garden items in the raffle.

A special thank you to Tess for an interesting and informative talk and to Helen and all the staff in Lucan G.C. for their help and support.


Wed 25th May: Social morning in Parish Centre, 10.30-12.30.






Garden Open Day
Open 10.30 - 4.30

in 43 Beech Grove
Sat 28th May 2022
10.30am – 4.00pm

Bring a friend
Support a very worthy cause.
Stroll around the garden.
Relax and chat over tea/coffee.

Donation on leaving
Contact: Joe & Áine, 086 0561497

LauraLynn is Ireland’s only Children’s Hospice, providing palliative and hospice care and support for children with life-limiting conditions and their families from all across Ireland.



SOL is the local history group for Lucan; open to everyone. Free to join - email to be added to our members’ mailing list where full details of projects are shared.
Facebook group; “Society for Old Lucan (SOL)” & Twitter: @Soc4OldLucan.

Sol Photography Update by Paul Butler
Just an update on what we have being doing recently and what we be doing over the next few months with the photography end of things here in SOL. Firstly, we have been out scanning the fields around St. Edmundsbury with the drone looking for crop marks that have yet to be identified, as well as other parts of Lucan, to make sure they are recorded. We will be keeping a close eye on the areas over the next few months to make sure nothing new appears that might have been missed. If you spot anything that might be of interest around the fields of Lucan, please let us know and we will investigate further.

We have also photographed, recorded, and reported the Ice Houses around Lucan to have them added to the list of Protected Structures. We have three known Ice Houses in Lucan with two of them along the Liffey, and one within the Orchard in the Village.

Ongoing work continues of recording old buildings in the village and their restoration/decline and other buildings and places from around Lucan to see if there are any changes. We want to make sure future generations see how Lucan would have looked in the past, like we enjoy old photos of Lucan now. If any member has any old photos from years gone by, we would love for you to share them with us?

So, what is happening over the next few months? We will be collecting your photos for our annual SOL fundraising calendar, so if you would like to get out there and start taking photos of all the old places around Lucan, or if you have any old photos you would like to enter for the calendar, please send them on to us. All chosen images will receive a free calendar. Further details will be up on our Facebook page in the next few months in SOL members newsletter. We will also be producing a new updated video on St. Finian’s to showcase all the fantastic work that has been done on site, as well as some updated photos from around Lucan’s historic sites.

Committee: Helen Farrell (chair), Elaine Hurley, Darren Tully, Paul Butler, Jonathan Cully, and Lesley Jenkins Blairsdale. Contact us: ….


VHI Women’s Mini Marathon

Sunday 5th June
St Francis Hospice
Needs your support!

To register visit

To join team Eileen and raise funds for the hospice Go online
Or call 01 8327535 or 01 8294000
Thank you!


St. Mary’s Camera Soirée

Last Friday the Camera Soiree was able to have its first field trip of the season. We stayed local and were able to take photos of fields of Rapeseed and of Wild Garlic which grows prolifically in forest settings around Lucan.


Other members of the group were further afield. Kay sent us photographs from Wexford, including a Peacock in Johnstown Castle displaying its train. Johnstown Castle became a new three -in-one visitor attraction in the summer of 2019 comprising the Agricultural Heritage Museum, the gardens and the castle.


Willie continues to make his way around the country and sent us photos from county Mayo this time, including Westport House and Achill. Westport House is one of the few privately owned historic houses left in Ireland. According to the website the house was built by the Browne family whose connections with Mayo go back to the 1500s. Their lineage relates them and the house to the trail-blazing pirate queen and chieftain Grace O’Malley!


Conor was in Dunmore East and also took part in the Liffey Odyssey on 15th May which is a Canoe tour on the Liffey from Islandbridge to the entrance to Dublin Port in aid of LauraLynnIreland’s Children’s’ Hospice.


Until next week stay safe!


Palmerstown Camera Club

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

The camera club now offers a hybrid model, this is so we can have local/national and international speakers visit the club. The international speakers will be on zoom, and they can be viewed at home or in the parish hall in Palmerstown with other camera club members.

A few weeks ago, we had the judging night for last month's panel competition which is a set of six images. They stand together as a panel with a theme and as separate images. Below is Terry Healy’s Owl Panel and it was a runner up in the non-advanced category. Well done Terry and a beautiful set of images.



Mother and Toddler Group

We are back in St Mary’s Parish Centre on Thursdays
From 10.30am to 12 noon.
All welcome



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.


Big Book Meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous

St Patrick’s Church, Esker
8.30pm to 9.30pm

Any enquires
Contact Colette 086 0272002


Lucan Citizens Information Centre

Our telephone number is 0818 07 5090

(Limited Capacity)

Tuesday mornings 10am to 12pm
Thursday mornings 10am to 12pm

0818 075090
Tuesday afternoons only

Monday to Friday 9am TO 8pm on 0818 07 4000
We are closed on Monday and Friday each week


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


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