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20 May 2018
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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Articles without such will not be published.




Data Protection

A new European Data Protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is being introduced on 25th May 2018. This new law applies to any organisation, including our parish that manages and processes people’s personal information. We are now working on ways of ensuring that what we do with your information is compliant with this new law. It is a work in progress and over the next few months we will keep you informed through the parish website and in the Newsletter as policies are put in place. If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to contact the parish office.


Liffey Sound 96.4fm

Liffey Sound 96.4FM held its AGM on the 10th of May in Ballyowen Castle Community Centre. The full 2017 annual report is now available on our website in the news section and a recording of the AGM is available as a podcast on our website- click on programme, then podcast. or catch up on Facebook

Liffey Sound 96.4FM- Lucan's Community radio station!




Esker Active Retirement Association

Hi all. We had another fantastic day at our club. Our dance class with Marguerita is really coming on. Today we did Balmoral Blues sequence dance, some jiving and the slush. Great fun was had by all. Some of us even did some practicing after dinner this evening!!! We followed the dancing with our tea/coffee break and then we had indoor bowls, scrabble and whist. The time flew by.

Next Wed 23rd & 30th May, we have Stephen Rice back with us coaching our walking football followed by the usual bowls etc. Then we have Marguerita back on Wed 6th June with our dancing class. Walking football on Wed 13th and then on Wed 20th June, we have our end of year party. Only fully paid up members can attend and I’m sure it will be as big a success as all the previous parties!

Anyone wanting to join, just come to the club on a Wednesday at 1:30pm, St Andrew’s Church Hall in Main St., Lucan or call me on the number below.

Fee is €20 for the year and the weekly fee of €3 when you attend our club each week.

Marian Egan (Club Secretary) 086 1269 043


Lucan ICA

Tues: 22nd May: Craft Group meets at 10am – 12.30pm.

Wed 23rd May: This is our Birthday Celebration in the Spa Hotel with dinner and play Big Maggie. Meet in the foyer at 6pm sharp.


We had great success at Howth Arts and Crafts Exhibition on Saturday. We came home with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and merit prizes. Our work was very much admired. We put our items on display in the bungalow on Tuesday. Thank you to the Art Class for coming over to view.


Lucan Tidy Towns

Alas we said goodbye to our young Transition Year students who have been with us consistently throughout the school year. We want to express our thanks to them for giving of their time and efforts. It was a great morale booster to have ten fit and able-bodied youths turn out each Saturday morning.


We extend our congratulations as they graduate from Lucan and Confey Community Colleges and wish each one of them a great summer holiday.

Stop Food Waste – Save Money and your Environment
Top Tips - Week 3. Smart Shopping

Avoid being trapped in the centre isles
– stay focused on your list.
Know your enemy – The Sample Stations are designed to slow you down. Eat these at the start of your shop to avoid hunger driven purchases.
Be Calm when the shop layout changes - This is often done on purpose to force you to stop and search.
The Back of the Shop Trap - Dairy products are usually at the back. Avoid overspending go straight to the back after the sample stations and work towards the front.


New Maytime Melodies

In Aid of
St Francis Hospice
Tuesday 22nd May at 7.30pm

At Hermitage Golf Club, Lucan

All are welcome
Admission €15 at the door


“Ladies Night In”for Breast Cancer Awareness

Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club
Friday 25th May 8pm

Compere – Al Curtis
Entertainment by Ruairi O Connor, Magician and Mind Reader

This promises to be a fun lively night!
Bring your friends - some teams are using it as a Mom's night out.....non-members are welcome.

If you buy a ticket and are unable to attend we will include your admission ticket in a raffle.

Admission is €10 – Over 18s only

Tickets available from the Healthy Club Committee:
Colette Condon 086 3799270
Jenny Costello 087 9281972
Ciara Dardis 087 2885299
Niamh Colfer 087 6756491
Jo Mahon 086 8293535


Lucan Meals on Wheels

In order to ensure the efficient and smooth running of this service, a co-ordinator is needed.

The function of the co-ordinator is to act as a link in the chain between:
- The Public Health Nurses and Social workers who refer people to the service
- The catering staff at Peamount hospital who provide the meals
- The drivers who deliver them and the people who receive them.

- All you need is to be contactable by phone, be willing to make phone calls/send texts and emails.

This is a voluntary post. For further information, please phone Teresa at 085-1548264.


Visit the Rose Garden

Visit the Rose garden and Bloom medal winning garden in Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross on Sat 19th & Sun 20th May 10.30am – 4pm.
There will be a Bonsai exhibition and plants for sale with tips from our gardener.
All Welcome: Adm Free
See for further information on the Hospice Open Garden Trail.


Can you spare an hour for Sunflower Days?

Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross & Blackrock are in urgent need of your help.
Sunflower Days 8th & 9th June
If you could donate an hour or two of your time to lend a hand selling Sunflower pins to help raise funds on our national collection day please contact Ann or Mary on: 01 4911072 or
Thank you


Makeup Masterclass Fundraiser

17th June 2018- 1pm- 6pm
Finnstown Castle, Lucan
In aid of Gluais
A voluntary youth leadership programme

Tickets €20 per person- include 4hours demonstrations, entry to raffle & goodie bag Contact for tickets/ further details.

The Gluais programme -
Each year approximately 30 adults give of their time voluntarily to provide five-day training to 60 students from six schools in the North Kildare, Dublin West area.

The overall aim of the programme is to prepare the students to work together as a team, within their own schools, and become role models for other students in the school and for one another. The training helps students to recognise their own strengths and how they contribute to their team. Students also learn the importance of differences within the team and how these help the planning and development of actions. Knowing their opinions matter and that they can make changes if they try can improve self-esteem, the school environment and wider community for many people.


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


Palmerstown Tea Dance

Palmerstown Community and Youth Centre (beside Supervalu)
End of every month on a Sunday from 3-6pm
More information: 01 6166981
May 27th – Cheating Hearts


A Parish Journey –

the story of St Patrick's Esker Dodsboro Adamstown


This book is on Sale from St Patrick's Parish Office, Price €10
• Monday-Friday 10am - 12 noon
• Saturday-Sunday - After all Masses.< br> Plus the following outlets:< br> Londis Adamstown
St. Mary’s Parish Centre
Lucan Library


2018 Women’s Mini Marathon - Join Team Marie Keating

Sunday 3rd June 2018
All you need to do are two things
1 Register with either the Evening Herald Or
2 Sign up with Team Marie Keating at

There are three ways to help us
Option 1 Make a one off donation of €35 to the Foundation to take a place on Team Marie Keating which covers your Marie Keating Foundation t-shirt and a donation to the Foundation. We will NOT send you a sponsorship card

Option 2 Request a sponsorship pack which includes sponsorship card(s) and t-shirt

Option 3 Please set up a JustGiving page and ask your friends and family to support your fundraising efforts!

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Fiona at or call her on 01 628 3728.

This year we will be at House on Lower Leeson Street who are very generously sponsoring our Pre and Post Reception on the day


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.


Mother and Toddler Group

The Group meet every Thursday in St Mary’s Parish Centre from 10.30 to 12 noon
Dads, Grans, Grandads, Minders are all welcome.
Contact Yvonne 087 6361473


Lucan Methodist Church Parent and Toddler Group

Tuesday: 9.30am to 11.30am
Thursday: 9.30am to 11.30am
Friday: 9.30am to 11.30am
Grandparents, childminders all welcome.


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.


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

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.