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25 September 2022
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Lucan ICA

Monday 26th September: Craft ladies will be busy with various crafts in the Parish Centre from 10 am to 12-30.
Tea Hostesses are Helen Kinsella and Kathleen May.

Carmel Lyons is beginning a class in Chicken Scratching (Tenerife Embroidery). This is a very simple craft to do but looks lovely when finished. It can be used for making and decorating a tablecloth, table runner, cushions, aprons and pincushions.

We send huge congratulations to our long-standing member Margaret Hynes who Celebrated her 90th birthday on Saturday, it is a wonderful achievement.


Above: Margaret with her best friend Kathleen May.


Lucan Active Retirement Association

Venue - St Andrew's Parish Centre, Main Street, Lucan
Day and time - Thursdays at 11.30 am

We play bowling, Scrabble and cards.
We are planning a short Winter break in November.

New members welcome.


Hillcrest Residents Association

‘Meet the Neighbours’
Residents are invited to another
Meet the Neighbours Coffee Morning
on Thursday next, 29th September, 11am
in The Lord Lucan

for a friendly chat and update on future plans for our neighbourhood.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!


Esker Active Retirement Association

Hi everyone,
Today we had thirty-eight members at our club, everyone in top form and we had loads of activities to suit all needs. We played table-tennis, scrabble, whist and bridge and after our tea break, we got on the floor and did some keep-fit exercises. A lot of people came back today for the first time since lockdown and they all enjoyed themselves. It was lovely to see them all back looking so well.

To our members who are out at the moment with Covid, we wish you a speedy recovery. Next week, we have the same sort of activities so hopefully we’ll see you all next Wednesday at 1.30pm at St Andrew’s Church Hall in Lucan village.

Marian Egan (Club Secretary)


Mother & Toddler Group

Thursdays in St. Mary’s Parish Centre, from 9.30am to 11.30am.


Lucan Senior Citizens

Our Members and Committee were very moved by the Nationwide Programme on Laura Lynn Hospice and Care Home, and decided top. Everyone contributed very generously to this fund.


Claire Shiels being presented with the cheque by Clare McDonald, Geraldine Archbold and Pat Dwyer.


Canon Despard Centre, Chapel Hill, Lucan Village

Leixlip Union of Parishes

We have a few vacant times in our main hall if you or your organisation would be interested in renting.
We offer competitive hourly rates to Adult and Youth Groups.
There are also vacant slots in 2 other rooms which are suitable for small groups or committee meetings.

Please contact for more information


Morning Soirees in St. Mary’s Parish

Irish Conversation, Wednesdays: 10.30am to 11.30am:
Tea and coffee for like-minded people who want to engage in conversation as Gaeilge. Whether you know the basics or you are advanced, all are welcome to join and take part.
(We apologise to those who turned up on Monday last for the Irish Conversation – Deirdre)

Photography - In the Parish Bungalow, Fridays 10.3am to 11.30am:
Whether you are experienced or just like taking photos bring along your camera and get tips on how to capture the perfect image, while enjoying a cup of tea or coffee.


Society for Old Lucan (SOL)

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.


Book your ticket for our free evening event, Friday 23rd September, 19.30-21.00: – limited places.

Hear about the recent survey of the graveyard from an archaeologist, take night photos with us for submission to the listing on the Historic Graves websites, and we will be recording memories of Lucan's graveyards too. The project is being directed by archaeologist John Tierney of Eachtra (contact (who manages the Historic Graves Project) in tandem with the Society for Old Lucan team.

If you have any memories, stories, or local history information that you can share about Lucan’s older graveyards and you can’t make our event, you can email them (ASAP please) to If you prefer to remain anonymous, that is no problem, but we’d like to add as many as we can to our e-book about St. Finian’s, and the older graveyards in Lucan.

Read a new blog post on our website by Dave Power of SDCC Local Studies about the epic work he has done to secure the archives of the demolished Woodville House, Lucan, for posterity, here: Many thanks also go to Mary Mulhall for responding to early communications on this, forwarding it to SOL and we then linked Dave up with the Scott family, who held the archives in the UK.

This is exciting as there were many "Big Houses" in Lucan in times past, but the family archives of many of the families and workers associated with these estates are often lost, hidden, or scattered in international archives. Dave plans to digitise this archive to add to the excellent "Source" the digital archive of local studies material in SDCC and there may be the chance for our followers to get involved in the transcription of these digital documents.




St. Mary’s Camera Soirée

Last Friday as mentioned in my last report members of the group visited the City Assembly House, South William Street to view the spectacular exhibition of recent work by their artist friend, Katherine Geoghegan, entitled BOGLAND

This week many of the members of the group were out and about taking photographs. Josie sent us photographs from Costa de la Luz which is on a section of the Andalusian coast in Spain facing the Atlantic.


Conor sent us more photographs from Sardinia, one of the promontory of Capo Caccia, also known as the Sleeping Giant, the symbol of the town of Alghero. He also sent us photographs of Neptune’s Grotto, a stalactite cave near the town. The cave system gets its name from the Roman Sea God Neptune. The grotto is accessible via a short boat trip or you can use the stairway built in 1954 which consists of 654 steps, so that’s over 1,300 steps for the return journey.




Nearer to home Willie captured some small crab apples in Lucan and Anna captured vapour trails over Lucan that reflect the rebound in air travel.


Kay produced photographic evidence that she was at the Garth Brooks concert in Croke Park last Saturday.

Until next week stay safe!



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.


Lucan Citizens Information Centre

Our telephone number is 0818 07 5090

Our office is located in the Ballyowen Castle Youth and Community Centre, Ballyowen, Lucan

Opening hours:
Walk-ins to see an Information Officer

Tuesday: 10am - 12pm
Wednesday: None
Thursday: 10am – 12pm and 2pm to 4 pm

Reception open
Tuesday: 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm
Wednesday: 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm
Thursday: 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm
We are closed on Mondays and Fridays.

Citizens Information Phone Service (CIPS) is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 8pm on 0818 07 4000

MABS – the Money Advice and Budgeting Service is the State's money advice service, guiding people through dealing with problem debt for over 20 years. MABS phone service is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 8 pm on 0818 07 2000


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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