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26 March 2017
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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Articles without such will not be published.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. Vincent de Paul

Urgently needs clothes for the following ages: 12 year old boy, 10 year old girl, girl 3-9 months, boy 12-18 months.
Please contact 086-3843206.
Thanks for your support.


Hillcrest/Beaumont/Newcastle Road Residents Association

Following our very successful 2017 AGM the new committee met on last Tuesday evening 21 March.

The 2017 Committee is Chairperson Noel McCluskey, Vice Chair Pat Brophy, Secretary Howard Hughes, Asst Secretary Teresa Carabini, Treasurer Nuala Aylward, Asst Treasurer Rita O’Brien, and Committee Members: Pat Kavanagh, Phil Cunningham, Don Crowley, Liam O’Brien, Tom Newton and Maria Murphy.

Work Plan: An intensive brain storming session was conducted with members forwarding ideas which need to be addressed, promoted and improved. This list together with the points raised at our AGM will now form the basis on our 2017 work programme. Our aim is to create and renew a vibrant sense of community with the underlying principle of health and safety for all at its heart.

We wish to record our thanks to outgoing Chairperson Tom Casserly and Secretary Marie Monaghan for the sterling work they carried out on our behalf.

Our next meeting is Monday 24 April. In the meantime should you spot a committee member out and about say Hello and have a chat. Check out our Facebook page or send your comments to


Woodville Downs Residents Assoc. (incl Esker Lane)

Clean Up: Weather permitting, we plan to have our Spring Clean Up on the weekend, to suit people's availability to participate, starting Friday 31st March.

We ask residents that between now and then consider outside of their front garden wall if hedging is impacting on the footpath and if grass area needs edging. On from that we hope residents will look at public areas that need action from rubbish collection, additional edging or clipping, cleaning of walls/fences and anything that will improve the overall look of our area.

We would invite our neighbours from Edmundsbury Ct, Ashville,Esker Pines and Anley Ct to consider areas near them. Give a hand/dig out!


Lucan Macra na Feirme

Lucan Macra met on the 21st March, in St Marys Parish Centre, Officers from the four other Dublin clubs were in attendance to give an overview of volunteering and what the various roles curtail. The club officers were elected on the night, and plans are afoot for building the club membership. If you want to find out more about Macra visit the website or contact Jacq Walsh 087 7735659 call or text. The next club meeting will take place on the 4th April 8pm in St Marys Parish Centre. Upcoming events include Mr Personality in Kilkenny, 'I'm a Macra members get me out of here' hosted by Hill 16, Dublin, and various other trips and activities coming up.


Lucan Special Olympics Club – Coffee Morning

This Sunday, we are having our annual fundraising coffee morning in St Mary’s Parish Centre after every Mass.

We are looking forward to seeing our long-time supporters and friends for a chat and refreshments.
Paul O'Farrell, P.R.O.


Lucan Youth Fun

Lucan Youth Fun 33rd Summer Camp will run this year from the 3rd to 14th of July in Colaiste Phadraig CBS.

Registration will take place on the 1st of April 2017 at 9.00 am in St Mary's Boys National School . LYF is open to all children attending school or living in St Mary's Parish from second class to second year. Children can only be registered by a parent or guardian.

All parents are required to by vetted through Crosscare and are asked to bring a copy of their vetting form with them on this date.

Further details can be obtained on our Facebook page Lucan Youth Fun 2017 or at


Lucan Senior Citizens

Wed 29th March: 10.30 – Social Morning in the Spa Hotel followed by lunch.

We extend our sympathy to our committee member, Anne Byrne and family on the death of her husband Jim, R.I.P.


Lucan ICA

Tues 28th March: We’re off on a day trip to Belfast with Memory Tours. Caitriona Curtis has planned a full itinerary for us including a city tour and a visit to Stormont. Meet at the lay-by at St. Joseph’s School at 8.45am. We will be returning to the lay-by around 8pm. We hope all members and friends enjoy the day.

Wed 29th March: Committee Meeting 8pm.


Liffey Sound 96.4fm

Congratulations to the St. Patrick's Day Parade committee who organised last week's wonderful parade. Liffey Sound were delighted to be part of it and broadcast the whole event on 96.4FM. It was a pleasure to work with everyone involved on the day!

His Excellency The Most Reverend Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio to Ireland who will be leaving Ireland shortly to take up a new post as Nuncio to Albania, will be Pat Quinn's guest on "Out of this World", Liffey Sound's Religious and Social Affairs programme this coming Sunday at 10.00am. Interview can also be heard online at and a podcast of the programme will be available from next Tuesday. or catch up on Facebook
Liffey Sound 96.4FM- Lucan's Community radio station!


Lucan Active Retirement Assoc.

We had a great night at our Birthday Party int he Springfield Hotel. Food was great, music was terrific, singers were superb and we had a visit from “Sonny & Cher” (Miriam and Michael), also “Dan and the Ma-in-law” (Brendan and Marguerite). Well done everyone.

Still collecting names for “Evita” in Bord Gais, also deposits for Hotel Westport €50.

New members welcome. We meet every Thursday morning from 11.30am till 2.30pm in St. Andrew’s Parish Centre, Lucan Village.


Lucan Tidy Towns

Well done to all involved for organising the St. Patrick's Parade and thank you Lucan Lions Club for inviting us to participate under your banner alongside other beneficiaries. We enjoyed the occasion in spite of the inclement weather.

We've put in some proposals to South Dublin County Council under the 300K 'Have Your Say' initiative. We looked at heritage, history and enhancement of Lucan generally and based our ideas on these. It remains to be seen which projects will be put out there for you, the people of Lucan to vote on.

Again this week we want to draw your attention to our National Spring Clean Day which we plan to hold on Good Friday, 14th April. We are encouraging everyone in Lucan to participate. Over the next few weeks we will be putting out some ideas as to how you can get involved on the day.
Kevin O'Loughlin


Lucan Drama

Our Spring/ Summer production 'Duets' by Peter Quilter deals with four sets of characters at four crucial moments in their lives. Mad decisions are being made!! The play is a hilarious comedy and a really funny examination of the chaotic world of love and relationships.

Be sure to put the following dates in your diary/phone!! Tuesday 23rd May, Wed 24th Thurs 25th Frid 26th May in the Spa Hotel 6280494

Congratulations to The Presentation Sisters commemorating their arrival in Lucan 150 years ago. Many of the students from St Josephs College have performed with us over the years.

Contacts: Bernie 0864015794; Sheila 0872547725
Find us on Facebook


Volunteer In Africa

Humanitarian Volunteers are looking for volunteers to travel to Kenya on 15 June 2017. The volunteers will work on a humanitarian project for two weeks. No experience required and no age restrictions. Support and Supervision provided.
Volunteers will also visit the resting place of the Venerable Edel Quinn.
No large fundraising. Volunteers will pay their own costs.
If you can assist teaching English, or assist with sports, games, arts, crafts or more, then you can make a real impact on the lives of the poorest and those without hope.
Contact Denis, Humanitarian Volunteers 086 8520271.


‘Fashion Fits Everybody’

is the theme for
Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland’s (SBHI) Fundraising Fashion Show
Lucan Spa Hotel, Friday, 7th April

Hosted by Rebecca Rose Stylist, the show features the s/s ’17 new collections from Divine Boutique, Maynooth.
Doors open at 7pm for show at 8pm. Complimentary glass of wine, tea/coffee and canapes. Spot prizes and great raffle prizes.

Tickets priced €25 will be available on the door on the night, from Divine Boutique, Maynooth or from Aideen 087 601 8429


Communion Attire

We appeal once again for Communion dresses/suits/shoes etc to be donated to us. As the last few years have been a success, we continue to forward these beautiful dresses/suits free to the needy families who suffer financial hardship coming up to Communion time in the Lucan and surrounding areas.

Last year we consulted with some local school liaison officers with this project and they were able to point some people in our direction which we helped. All dresses/suits are dry cleaned.

If you want to donate, just phone one of the mobiles below to arrange collection.

If you need any attire please phone us in complete confidence to arrange an appointment at our home (Lucan). No two appointments clash as they can be well spaced out.

Anonimity is key to this project as it's dealt with in total confidentiality.

Thanks for everybody's help.
Margaret Mc Guinness 086 8154583
Tommy Mc Guinness 086 8970506


Lucan Art Fair 2017

The Fair will be held in Divine Mercy SNS as a school fundraiser on Friday 19th May to Sunday 21st

We are currently looking for artists and crafters to exhibit.
The cost for crafters is €20, and artists is €30.

Please contact Miriam on 086-0573820 or Bríd on 087-9213520
or email for further details.


Celbridge Mill Community Centre
Phone 01 6288556

New Community Choir Practise takes place at Celbridge Mill on Wednesdays 11-1pm.Ideal for anyone suffering from Dementia or Alzheimers and their carers.

Walking Indoor Soccer for the over 50s – 70s. Supported by the FAI this casual fun session of soccer takes place at The Mill on Tuesdays at 7 pm and is Indoor.


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


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