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29 January 2023
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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Articles without such will not be published.


Lucan Planning Council

Tony Brophy R.I.P.
We are very sad to note the passing of Tony Brophy our friend, Chair, and long-time member of the Lucan Planning Council.

Tony has been a member of the Planning Council since the mid-1990s and Chair for the last several years. He was central to all of the work that we did throughout the days of the Celtic Tiger and onwards when we were almost overwhelmed with planning issues and Tony’s organisation and support kept us on track to be as productive as possible. He focused not only on major developments but on small planning applications that might have impacts on a small area.

He organised our meetings, followed up on work, and made sure that all planning issues were considered whilst making the meetings a pleasure to attend. Tony’s tireless work helped to protect Lucan and the Liffey Valley and made our locality more liveable.

We have lost a good friend and a great community worker.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Justin Byrne, Planning Secretary, Lucan Planning Council


Hillcrest Residents Association

We wish to invite residents to our next Meet the Neighbours Coffee Morning which will be held on Thursday, 2nd February, at 11a.m. in the Lord Lucan, Finnstown Shopping Centre. Looking forward to catching up with everyone as we head into the new St. Brigid Public Holiday weekend.

Rita O’Brien, Secretary




Lucan Senior Citizens

Social Morning: Wednesdays 10.30am to 12.30pm at St. Mary’s Parish Centre.
New members always welcome.


Lucan Active Retirement Association

We meet in St Andrew's Parish Centre, Main Street, Lucan, on Thursdays at 11.30am.
New members always welcome, come and join us in a friendly atmosphere and meet new friends. No charge for your first meeting.
Lots of activities to enjoy. Bowls, scrabble, cards, drama and choir. Organised trips in Ireland and abroad. Coffee / tea break at 1pm.


Lucan Toastmasters

Is 2023 the year to finally conquer your fear of public speaking?
Do you have a speech or presentation coming up that you need help with?
Do you want to make new friends?
If so, then Lucan Toastmasters is the place for you.

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month in the Springfield Hotel, Leixlip at 7.45 p.m.
Admission is free for new guests – don’t worry, you won’t be asked to speak!

Come along on Thursday next, February 2nd, where a warm welcome awaits you. For further details, checkout our Facebook ‘Lucan Toastmasters’ our website at or email us at


Lucan ICA

13th February in the Parish Centre. If you could pass the word to ICA members that would be great.

Look forward to catching up with all members on 13th February.



Esker Active Retirement Association

Hi Everyone,
Hope you’re all well. Unfortunately I didn’t send notification to the Newsletter last week about our AGM but I think most of our members received the details via WhatsApp anyway. So, our AGM will take place next Wednesday 1st February 2023 in St Andrew’s Church Hall at 1.45pm promptly. Please make sure you are all in attendance for the AGM and please arrive at 1.30pm to facilitate same. The current Committee are all stepping down/moving positions within the Committee, so you can have your say about new Committee members and please place your votes.

We had a great crowd today, the hall was buzzing and the craic was mighty. We did bowls, whist, scrabble and keep fit to music and we enjoyed some refreshments as we chatted to one another. Four new members joined and if anyone wishes to join our club, just turn up and we’ll make you very welcome.

1.30pm at St. Andrew’s Church Hall in Lucan Village.

Marian Egan (Club Secretary) 086 1269043











We are getting closer to our Elvis night. Tickets are flying out the door. Please book your tickets a.s.a.p. because when they are gone, they are gone!! Phone numbers are on the poster, tickets are also available from 191 Beech Park.
We would like to thank people who have donated items for our raffle hampers, these are also gratefully accepted at the same address.
Many thanks Niamh Clandillon


Table Quiz & Raffle

in aid of North Kildare (Leixlip) Arch Club
(a voluntary social club for people with disabilities)

St. Mary's GAA, Green Lane, Leixlip
Friday 24th February 2023
8 pm, tables of 4 €5pp

All support is greatly appreciated


St. Mary’s Camera Soirée

Last Friday’s hands-on session on Photoshop Elements was a great success and as a result the group decided that they should continue with these hands-on sessions for the time being. Consequently, they have deferred their planned visit to the Farmleigh Gallery at Farmleigh House to see a retrospective photographic exhibition entitled “The Man Who Sees Through Shadows” by Ireland’s most celebrated contemporary photographer Mick Bunn until sometime in February. This exhibition which is presented by the Office of Public Works runs until 19th March 2023. As well as Photoshop Elements the group last Friday looked at Light Room and is now experimenting with some of the free software such as GIMP that is available for the processing of digital photos.


This week, Conor submitted photos of a fox, and of Highland cattle in St. Catherine’s Park. I came across an article in the Irish Times of 13th December 2013 about the arrival of these cattle which are described as gorgeous looking and, despite their magnificent horns, gentle giants.


Until next week stay safe!






Mother & Toddler Group

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




Recovery Meeting Reopened

Do you have?
Anxiety, Panic, Anger, Depression
Recovery Self -Help Method Ireland CAN HELP YOU!
Local Meeting: St Marys Parish Centre Lucan, Thursday 7.30 p.m.
Tel: 00353 062 60 775


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



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.


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