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23 September 2018
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Mary – Community / Schools / Local History

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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Articles without such will not be published.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. Vincent de Paul

urgently needs clothes for the following : 8 year old girl, 10 year old and 13 year old boys.
Please phone 086-3843206. Many thanks.


Vincent’s Shop – Lucan

Do not leave donations outside the shop as there is CCTV in operation, and prosecutions for fly tipping will follow.

Our opening hours are 10am to 5.30pm Mon to Sat.


Lucan Lions Club

Bag Packing: On September 28/29 Lucan Lions Club and Lucan Scouts 23rd will be bag packing in Supervalu. Your support will be appreciated.

Diary Date Quiz: Thursday 4th October, please come out and support Lion Joan Dillon who is fundraising for Mellon Educate. Joan is completing her sixth term on the Mellon Educate team. Venue, Kenny’s back lounge on Thursday 4th at 8.30 pm.

The Lions Club meet on the second Tuesday of each month in Lucan Spa Hotel at 8.30 pm. Now in our 30th year, our mission is to ‘SERVE’ the community. We do this by raising funds and distributing them to local charities. Read more on


Lucan Drama Autumn One - Acts

Three exciting ONE ACT PLAYS will be performed in the Spa Hotel from Tuesday the 20th of November through to Friday the 23rd of November.

Shadow of the Glen by John Millington Synge is a play based on a folktale which the playwright collected on his first trip to the Aran Islands. It is complex enough, although deceptively simple, to contain most of the themes which the playwright would explore for the rest of his dramatic career. The most obvious is the tension between the basic human need for security and the need for freedom.

Whiskey and Bourbon by James Mc Lure is set in a tiny rural town in Texas, U.S.A. and hinges on recurring themes of discontent, fondly remembered glory-days and tacit acceptance of the limitations of this life.

The Daisy Market is set in a typical Moores Street where lots of haggling is the order of the day and witty banter the norm.

Dates for Your Diary
Tuesday 20th November to Friday The 23rd November

Find us on Facebook or email
Phone Sheila 0872547725 or Vini 0894900429


Lucan Active Retirement Assoc.

We are 13 years in existence. What you can expect from us: bowls, scrabble, whist (and various other card games), occasionally various forms of dancing, treasure hunt walk, annual quiz and fun quiz, parties for Christmas, Halloween and Bealtaine, outings to locations in Ireland, breaks in Ireland, sun holidays abroad, Fairyhouse Races three/four times per year (private suite), trips to theatre and cinema, drama group, singing group, 10-pin bowling. We meet at St. Andrews parish Centre (Church of Ireland grounds, Lucan Village) every Thursday 11:30am - 2:30pm. Annual subscription is only €25. New members are always welcome - please drop in any Thursday for further information - just ring the Main Hall Bell!


Social Art Group

Another September and we are back in the Town Hall on Tuesdays at 7.30.
Very informal - you can have a chat and a cuppa and if there’s time you could paint a picture.
Noel 0872512775


Lucan Festival

The weather was very kind to us this year and this helped to make it very successful. Of course Festivals like any event cannot be successful without the hard work of your Committee and I would like to thank each of the following for their hard work - Anne Stallings, Caitriona McClean, Joe Malone, Paul Madden, Dara McCraith, Joe Reid, John Gleeson and our newest member John O’Brien. Also the two SDCC Community Dept officials, Bernadette Kaluzny and Ciaran Farrelly, the many volunteers who helped out on the days and the 3 Churches in the Village, St Andrews Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist for the use of their grounds and premises.

The winners of the Griffeen Duck race were:
1st duck 183 - Fionn Manton - €125
2nd duck 152 - Ben Dawson - €75
3rd duck 64 - Dominic Krpelan - €50
We will be in touch soon to give them their prizes.


Lucan ICA

Monday 24th Sept: Members teaching TY Students in St. Joseph’s how to crochet a lap blanket, 11am to 3pm.

Tuesday 25th September: Craft Group meet as usual 10am – 12.30pm.
Tuesday Night – Federation Meeting in the Gresham Hotel. Lucan Guild is the host this time, so we request as many members as possible to attend. We need to be there for 6.30pm to set up a craft display and give out tickets at the door.

Wednesday 26th Sept: Committee Meeting 8pm.

Saturday 29th Sept: Botanic, Glasnevin – Arts & Crafts Day in Scoil Caitriona, Mohbi Road, 11am to 4pm.

Congratulations to Mary & Peter Curley on the marriage of their son David to Siobhan on Friday. Wishing the young couple a long life of happiness together.
From all the ICA members.


The Garda Survivors Support Association (GSSA)

An Evening of Seasonal Music & Song
Fiona Murphy, Soprano
In Concert With
The Band of An Garda Siochana
Music Director: Inspector Pat Kenny
Compere: Ray Kennedy (RTE)

Westmanstown Sports and Conference Centre
Tuesday 27th November 2018

(performance starts at 8pm Sharp)
Wine and Mince Pie Interval Reception

Tickets €25 available from:
Margaret Dixon 086 845 1949
Michael & Eileen Griffin 086-8704365
Breda Hand 086-828 1651


Public Meeting for Overeaters Anonymous

Compulsive eating is an illness...but There is a Solution!
Are you a health professional or family member supporting someone with an eating disorder?
Overeaters Anonymous is holding a public meeting on October 11th as part of Mental Health Week.
Time? October 11th, 7pm
Where? Ely House, Ely Place, Dublin 2.
All are welcome.

Contact Sarah @ (083) 8839632 or email


Foster Carer Reviews

A Training Workshop with Bridget McDonagh
We are very pleased to offer IFCA members who are foster carers the opportunity to take part in a training workshop to support you in how you can best participate in foster care reviews. The workshop will provide participants an opportunity to receive information, share experiences, ask questions and learn from each other.

Tickets are €10 per person and will take place on Wednesday 26th September 9:30am – 1pm in the Maldron Hotel Tallaght.

Please visit
or call 01 459 9474 to book your place.


Anam Cara Wicklow

Anam Cara Wicklow the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is holding a Bereavement Information Evening on Wednesday 26th September at 7:00pm in the Parkview Hotel, Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow . This is a free event and open to all bereaved parents. As Anam Cara will need to confirm numbers for teas, coffees, etc, please RSVP to before Tuesday 25th September or call the Information Line on 085 2888 888.

We’d be very grateful if you could help us raise awareness of this free event for bereaved parents in your community. For more information see or call our Information Line on 085 2888 888.


Morning Soirées in St Mary's Parish

(Soirees are Free, there is no charge)

French conversation - Mondays 10:30am -11:30am. Starting back on Monday 1st October in the Parish Bungalow
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.

Irish Conversation - Wednesdays 10.30am - 11.30 am.
Room 4 of the Parish Centre.
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.

Genealogy - Thursdays - 10:30am -11:30am
Starting back Thursday 11th October in the Parish Bungalow.
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.

Photography - Fridays 10.30am - 11.30am
in the Parish Bungalow
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


Celbridge Mill Community Centre

The Mill, Main Street Celbridge
Phone 01 6288556

Harvest Festival Weekend 20th – 23rd Sept.
Culture Night Variety Show featuring our Drama, Dance, Film & Music groups Saturday at 6.30pm
Abbey Bouncing Castle Village Saturday 11am-4pm
Family Day and Haven Hire Duck Races with Food Stands, Harvest Kitchen, Face Painting, Fun Stalls, Giant Games, Abbey Bounce Village, Sunday 23rd 1-5pm
Paw Patrol & Peppa Pig Show Sunday 23rd 3pm. Doors Open 2.30pm


Exciting Film Club in Lucan Library

Called ‘The Classic Crime Film Club’, films are shown at 6.30pm and are free to all.

The dates and films are as follows:

The Night of the Hunter
Wednesday 24th October 6.30pm.

Touch of Evil
Wednesday 21st November 6.30pm.



Are you frustrated by your lack of computer skills? Do you feel that the digital age has passed you by?
Are you confused by well-meaning family instruction (i.e. no patience with you!)

Search the Internet, send & receive emails, shop and book flights. Use your own device or use computers available at some venues

Age Action runs beginner courses in Computers, iPads and Tablets for older people who have little or no experience or for the absolutely terrified!

Courses run once a week for 5 or 6

Classes are run in:- City Centre, Palmerstown, Inchicore, Leixlip, Clondalkin and Tallaght

If you wish to become a volunteer or to book a course Tel: (01) 475 6989


People’s Art Fair Lucan 2018

Open call for artists and crafters to participate in this year’s “People’s Art Fair” Saturday Oct. 13th- 14th .

The venue is Church of Ireland Parish Centre & St Andrew’s Church, Main Street, Lucan.

The fee to enter for artists is €40 per stand and 10% commission on sales of Art & prints and €40 per 6ft table for crafters.

Please contact us at as soon as possible as places are filling up quickly and we have limited space.
We look forward to hearing from you.




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.


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Lucan Village Lynchs / Centra
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Ballyowen / Ballydowd area
Penny Hill
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Esker area
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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.