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Established 1967 www.lucannewsletter.ie Sub. 80c Sunday 3 rd November 2019 The story behind ‘Amazing Grace’ One of the most well-known hymns in the Christian tradition is the old favourite ‘Amazing Grace’. In recent weeks it has reappeared on our Sunday Missalettes and people join in with great gusto. The origin of Amazing Grace is an interesting one; it was composed by a man called John Newton whose personal story is reflected in the words he penned. He was the captain of a slave ship in 18 th century England whose early life was a miserable tale of drunkenness and ‘loose living’. While at sea in March 1748 the ship encountered a violent storm, which came close to sinking it. It was during this storm that he cried out to God for mercy, he later reflected that this was the first time he had uttered such a prayer in life as he had always imagined himself beyond mercy’s reach. “I thought there never was or could be such a sinner as myself; I concluded that my sins were too great to be forgiven. The damaged ship sailed up Lough Swilly where the locals welcomed them and set about repairing the ship. He lodged in Derry and attended prayers daily in St. Columb’s Cathedral. From this time, John Newton’s life began to change as he came to realise that God’s grace could save even a ‘wretch’ like him! Others soon noticed the difference when he stopped swearing and his behaviour altered. But he still had much to learn. Despite his spiritual awakening he continued to work in the ‘slave trade’ such was his self- interest and acceptance of the culture of the day. It was only when he came under the influence of the preaching of John Wesley and the anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce that the horror of the whole wretched business brought him to his senses. John Newton went on to become a clergyman in the Church of England and a staunch opponent of slavery his journey had led him to conversion of heart. In February 1807 when the bill to finally outlaw slavery was passed through the British parliament, John by now nearly blind and near death, "rejoiced to hear the wonderful news." His story is a real testament to the power of God’s grace on even the most hardened of human hearts. Amazing grace, How sweet the sound 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, That saved a wretch like me. And grace my fears relieved. I once was lost, but now I am found, How precious did that grace appear Was blind, but now I see. The hour I first believed. Philip Curran St. Mary’s Lucan

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Sunday 3 rd
The story behind ‘Amazing Grace’
One of the most well-known hymns in the Christian tradition is the
old favourite ‘Amazing Grace’. In recent weeks it has reappeared
on our Sunday Missalettes and people join in with great gusto.
The origin of Amazing Grace is an interesting one; it was composed
by a man called John Newton whose personal story is reflected in
the words he penned. He was the captain of a slave ship in 18th
century England whose early life was a miserable tale of
drunkenness and ‘loose living’. While at sea in March 1748 the
ship encountered a violent storm, which came close to sinking it. It
was during this storm that he cried out to God for mercy, he later reflected that this was the first time
he had uttered such a prayer in life as he had always imagined himself beyond mercy’s reach. “I thought there never was or could be such a sinner as myself; I concluded that my sins were too great
to be forgiven.
’The damaged ship sailed up Lough Swilly where the locals welcomed them and set about repairing
the ship. He lodged in Derry and attended prayers daily in St. Columb’s Cathedral. From this time,
John Newton’s life began to change as he came to realise that God’s grace could save even a ‘wretch’
like him! Others soon noticed the difference when he stopped swearing and his behaviour altered. But
he still had much to learn.
Despite his spiritual awakening he continued to work in the ‘slave trade’ such was his self- interest
and acceptance of the culture of the day. It was only when he came under the influence of the
preaching of John Wesley and the anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce that the horror of the
whole wretched business brought him to his senses.
John Newton went on to become a clergyman in the Church of England and a staunch opponent of
slavery – his journey had led him to conversion of heart.
In February 1807 when the bill to finally outlaw slavery was passed through the British parliament,
John by now nearly blind and near death, "rejoiced to hear the wonderful news."
His story is a real testament to the power of God’s grace on even the most hardened of human hearts.
Amazing grace, How sweet the sound 'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
That saved a wretch like me. And grace my fears relieved.
I once was lost, but now I am found, How precious did that grace appear
Was blind, but now I see. The hour I first believed.
Philip Curran
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Jobseeker’s Benefit for the Self-employed Legislation for a new social insurance scheme
has been passed by both Houses of the
Oireachtas. The scheme will support self-
employed people who lose their business and are
no longer self-employed. The rate will be the
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National Childcare Scheme (NCS) The NCS will open for applications on
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 and subsidies
will be paid from Monday, 25 November 2019.
Supports for Bereaved Banking Customers The Irish Banking Culture Board has announced
that its member banks have established a
common commitment of care for bereaved
customers. This includes a dedicated phone line
in each bank for bereaved customers and access
to any available funds of the deceased to cover
funeral costs. The banks are also committed to
using plain English, making information on
services easy to access and stopping marketing
materials addressed to the deceased as quickly as possible. The banks will review their processes
for dealing with bereaved customers on an
ongoing basis. Member banks are AIB, Bank of
Ireland, KBC Bank Ireland, Permanent TSB, and
Ulster Bank.
Lucan Drama A Motley Cast of Comic Characters Lucan Drama would love to introduce you to the talented
cast of its two upcoming One-
Act productions.
Kenneally directed by Janet Mc Kennedy, is a rip
–roaring modern comedy that will have you
roaring with laughter. The main character,
Wally, who is cursed by Shakespeare for his
philistine attitude, is ably played by Martin
Freeman. He is supported by friend Remie
played by Jeff Gibson. The teacher, Ingrid, is played by Catherine Collins and the love interest
by Aoife Gately as Doris.
In the second One-Act entitled A Little Box of
Oblivion by Stephen Bean, directed by Carol
Ryan, a box placed on a park bench by Woman
causes much speculation and fear in a group of
absurd but easily identifiable passers-by.
WOMAN is played by Cathy Healy, Cool Guy
by Brian Whitney, Neuro by Cian Lucas, Doom
by Jack C. Flanagan and Dick by Paul Cullen.
These experienced, dedicated and talented actors have all been on stage with Lucan Drama in
previous productions and are all a joy to watch.
These are two must-see plays to brighter the
darker nights.
November
Door Only Dinner and Theatre Tickets must be booked at
The Spa Hotel Reception: Phone 6280494
Cost: €25 for 2-Course Meal and Show.
For more information on Lucan Drama find
us on Facebook or e-mail
[email protected]
0894900429.
The closing date for enrolment is the
22nd November 2019
Some weeks ago my wife noticed a Parking
Warden in/about Esker Lawns; where Esker
Lawns meets Esker Hill. She wondered 'was he
lost or just taking a break'. Neither, it turns out.
On Wednesday 23rd October I saw a Parking
Warden putting a ticket on a car parked along
Lucan Newlands Road - the section running from
Esker Hill to Esker Cemetery. I asked why he
was ticketing the car as there are no Restricted
Parking signs in the area (not yet!), and he told
me that the car was parked opposite a solid white
line, which constitutes illegal parking; hence the
parking ticket. He also informed me that cars
parked on the footpath in/about Esker Lawns are
liable to receive tickets from now on. When I
asked why, when and by whose authority his territory had been extended he offered no
explanation.
territory, and why? Are Councillors aware of this
change? Is this only the start of a new policy -
will we soon have Parking Wardens operating in
Lucan Heights, Beech Park or even Hillcrest?
Why were the Lucan public not informed of
these not so subtle changes?
(Contact details with Lucan Newsletter)
Woodview Residents Mass for our deceased residents will be offered
in St Patrick's Church Esker on Sunday 10th
November at 12 noon.
Boil Water Notice I made three attempts to wash recyclable water
bottles!
Then I used boiled water but added tap water to
cool it - contaminated. Finally I got it right.
As I waited for one lot of water to cool and the
other to boil I reflected on my 1st World problem
of missing the convenience of turning a tap and
expecting to receive clean water. It made me
appreciate even more the amazing work done by
John and Mary Coyne and Wells for Zoe, who
every day supply clean water to well over
250,000 people in Malawi and also work in
education and forestry.
We won’t mention the joys of brushing teeth during the short boil water notice, let’s just
appreciate the work of Wells for Zoe and the
clean water I (we?) take for granted!
Mary Whittle
9th and Sunday 10th of
November at St. Mary's Church, Lucan village. All donations are greatly
appreciated and all monies go directly to the
running of the community radio station.
As we have mentioned here before, "Lucan Live"
is back on-air on Mondays at 3pm. If you have a
topic or an issue you would like the presenters to
raise and discuss on-air, please email
[email protected] or call us on
01- 6109339.
Liffey Sound 96.4FM- Lucan's Community
Radio Station!
Lucan Lions Club Fundraising Table Quiz
Kennys Back Lounge Thursday 7 November 2019 at 8.30pm Table of 4 - €40.
All are Welcome
St Mary’s Friday Photography Soirée
7th Exhibition of Photographs
Christian Meditation: We meet each Tuesday
at 8pm in The Nun’s Chapel. Everyone
welcome. Sr. Geraldine, 6217158
listen to or just be there for anyone who is
feeling lonely or lost following the death of a
loved one. We meet on the 2nd Monday of each
month from 10.30am-11.30am, also on the 4th
Thursday of each month from 8pm - 9pm. in the
Parish Centre. Parish Centre – 6217041
Legion of Mary: We meet in Room 2 in the
Parish Centre every Wednesday at 6.30pm. We
are much involved in home visits and nursing
homes. With extra help we could a wider range
of work in the parish. Come and join us, you
will not regret it.
St Mary’s Folk Group:
Our next Mass is this Sunday at
12.15pm. Come along and join in the singing.
St. Patrick’s
to come in for a chat and enjoy our hospitality
every Wednesday after 10am Mass in the
Pastoral Centre.
St Patrick's Pastoral Centre from 8.30 - 9.15 pm. All welcome.
Bethany Bereavement Support Group: We
meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each
month from 8pm to 9pm. We can be contacted
through the Parish office: Tel: (01) 628 1018 or
089 2507213, or email:
[email protected]
Annual Mass of Remembrance Our Annual Mass for all our departed
relatives and friends will take place on
Wednesday 13th November at 8pm
At this Mass the names of those from our
parish community who died in the past 12
months will be especially remembered.
The names of all those on the November
list of the dead will automatically be
included.
take place on
Friday 8th. November at 7pm.
All those in our parish who passed away within the past twelve months will be
especially remembered. November list of
the dead will automatically be included
and all are welcome.
Parish Ministry Day You are invited to our parish ministry day
Topic: “Ministry and Me: A Fresh Look
at What We Do”
meaning of all we do in parish ministry
Date: 16th November 2019
‘Tomorrow’s Parish’
Celebrant: Fr Joe Hao
All Welcome
the Annual Craft Fair on
Sunday 1st December
details in the parish office.
Geraldine and Noreen hard at work to deliver the
wonderful Harvest Display on the altar for last
Sunday.
Co Carlow. Bus leaves lay-by at 10.30am. We
stop at Killashee Hotel for tea and scones. Then
on to Rathwood for shopping and lunch. We
expect to be back in Lucan by 6pm.
We extend our sincere sympathy to the McCahill
family on the death of their mother Bridget.
Bridget was a member of our club and will be
remembered for her good humour and lively
dancing. R.I.P.
Tallaght.
circumstances of their death, or whether their
death was recent or not.
Found:
Phone 086 3729204
by The Young Church Dublin to help vulnerable
people in our city. We aim to gather young
people from across the Dublin Diocese to come
to St Paul’s Church, Arran Quay between
5.00pm and 9.00pm on Tuesday November
26th where we will pack boxes and bags for the variety of homeless people of our city. If you
would like to donate for this cause, please find
the list of practical items attached below, you can
bring them to St Paul's on the following dates:
Thursday 7th November 5pm - 8pm
Monday 11th November: 7am - 10am
Wednesday 13th November 7am - 10am
Friday 15th November 5pm - 7pm
Monday 18th November 7am - 10am
The Encounter: Join other young adults
(20’s & 30’s) for a night of live acoustic music,
reflective prayer in adoration. Followed by
social, pizza and refreshments. Our next
Encounter takes place on Friday 15th November
at 8.00pm. We are delighted to announce that
“Piano man” Tom Conroy will provide the music
and Natalie Doherty will be our guest speaker on
the night. For more information
email: [email protected] or follow us on
Instagram @theyoungchurchdublin
older, who have lots of life experience and an
enjoyment of reading, for their volunteer reading
programme in St Ultans primary school, Cherry
Orchard Avenue, Dublin 10. Volunteers provide one-to-one reading sessions to children in 1st and
2nd class who need some extra help with their
reading. The sessions occur three times a week,
on Tues, Wed & Thurs, from 10:30am to
12:45pm. Volunteers need to be available to
complete two of the three sessions each week.
Some of the volunteers who have worked with us
have said: "It’s enjoyable and very easy”, “It is
like reading with your grandchildren”, “It’s not
as difficult as you might imagine!”, “Children
love it and feel special and you bond with the child”. For more information or to register your
interest in this programme please contact
Suzanne, Barnardos Volunteer Service, on 01
7080431 / 086 8570112 or
Wanted Urgently for needy family
Table and Chairs, Coffee Table,
2 Single Beds and T.V. stand.
Phone: 086 2593286
CURRAN WALSH (ANITA) May the winds of Heaven blow softly
And whisper in your ear
How much we love and miss you
And wish that you were here
Happy Birthday Anita.
Robert, Martin, Paulo, Bren, Kelly, Gerard and
Caroline
"Hello NiNi " in the same old way
To hear her voice and see her smile
To sit and chat with her a while
Happy Birthday NiNi.
Chloe
The greatest gift that you can give
Is just to speak their name
We need to hear the stories
And the tales of days gone past
We need for you to understand
That these memories must last We cannot make more memories!
Since they're no longer here
So when you speak of them to us
It's music to our ears.
Happy Birthday Mam from your two sons Conor
and Cillian
We have a photo of you to treasure
It's all we have to touch Of a sister we loved with all our heart
And we miss her very much
We wish that we could see you
Sitting in your chair
To find you waiting there.
From her sisters, Patty, Vera, Margaret, Phil
and brothers John, Christy, George and Martin
LIVING WITH LOSS
An information evening for the public about bereavement with guest speaker, writer Emma
Hayes.
(off Merrion Square), Dublin 2.
November is traditionally a month for
remembrance. This Irish Hospice Foundation
Event aims to provide information about grief
and the range of supports available to bereaved
people.
introduction. There will also be an opportunity to
chat to voluntary bereavement support services
about the supports they provide. During the
evening, Emma Hayes will address the gathering
and speak on the theme ‘Living with Loss’.
This public event is free to attend. Bookings are
not necessary.
BAPTISM CANDLES Available from St. Mary’s Parish Centre or Sacristy. Cost €5.
MESSIAH By G.F. Handel
St Peter’s Church, Phibsborough
(Organ Restoration Fund)
Tickets: €20 (unreserved)
Available at www.Eventbrite.ie
Phone Orders or queries (01) 838 9708
a good time.
photo below.
while since the clock changed!
We received lots of photos relating to Dublin
City Marathon, but unfortunately, we don’t have
the space to carry them.
Great to see Lucan Harriers launch the
ActiveYouth Programme. Read all about it in
the sports section.
10am – 12.30pm.
8pm. We hope to see many of
our members as we will be arranging our
activities from now until Christmas.
Thurs 7th Nov to Sunday 10th November: The
Knitting and Stitching Show is on in the
Simmonscourt Hall of the RDS is open from
10am to 5.30pm. Ladies, go along and pick up
your craft supplies for future projects. You can
join the ‘Learning Curve’ and learn a new craft
in an hour or so.
Sweeping the leaves is like a
lost cause in the past week with
the strong winds swirling
they become very dangerous
Woodville Downs Residents Assoc (inc Esker Lane) BusConnects project were contacted about
proposed right turn onto N4 proposed closure.
There was no information on where this proposal
emerged to close this right turn on Woodies
bridge westbound.
support opposition to this proposal and thus far
only 3 have responded.
Contact our Association:
Weston Hockey Club
Table Quiz The Lord Lucan Saturday 9th Nov at 8pm Teams of 4, €10 per person
Raffle on the night.
Men's Shed and meet
whoever happens to be
1000 and 1400, Monday to
Thursday. The Shed is not
open on a Friday. Our ground floor will be our future workshop,
while the upper floor is our social area, nearing
completion, where you can have a cuppa and
biscuits while you have a chat, swap experiences
and make new friends.
If you are reading about the Shed for the first
time, it is located on the Newcastle Road, at the
rear of the Irish Wheelchair Association
building. The Shed is accessible through the
second gateway on the right, after you cross the
railway bridge. Parking is available in the IWA
grounds.
general meeting will be held in Lucan Library, at
the SuperValu Shopping Centre, Newcastle Road. The meeting starts at 1830 and finishes at
1950, is for members and visitors alike and all
are welcome. Why not bring along just one good
idea for open discussion?
[email protected]
Celbridge Mill Community Centre Main Street Celbridge. Phone 01 6288556
www.celbridgemillcommunitycentre.ie
23rd, Sun 24th November.
Celbridge Mill Community Centre.
bouncing castle and obstacle course and you can
visit Santa in his sitting room. Stands are €65. Phone 01 6288556 for details.
Do you have Type 2 Diabetes? Discover Diabetes – Type 2
Diabetes Insights and Self-Care Options via
Education & Reflection.
delivered by Community Dietitians for people
living with type 2 diabetes and their families/carers.
Discover Diabetes is a FREE 4 session course
(2.5 hours for 4 consecutive weeks) with follow
up sessions offered at 6 months, 12 months and annually thereafter.
The course will empower people living with type
2 diabetes by providing information on:
understanding diabetes; managing weight; identifying how food and lifestyle can affect
diabetes; preventing/reducing diabetes health
Our next course is starting on Thursday 21st
November 2019 in Ballyfermot Library in the afternoon and will run every Thursday up to and
including the 12th December 2019.
Please contact Elaine Brennan, Diabetes Co-
ordinator on 076 6958054 to book your place on this course.
Seasonal Craft Course
Learn a new festive craft one evening each
week over four weeks to for your own Christmas gift sets.
Week 1: Christmas Candles: coloured,
scented, Container
Week 3: Painting and decorating ceramics
Week 4: Winter wreaths and assembling gift
sets
Wednesdays 6pm – 8pm
Cost: €35 (total) €10 deposit required to secure a place
(Minimum of ten participants)
Community Centre
Email: [email protected]
The following is from an article written over
thirty years ago, describing an area of Lucan in
bygone days.
For the first 26 years of my life I lived around
the Lucan Area. From my birth in September
1938 until 1940 I lived in St Philomena’s Gate
Lodge, Newcastle Road, just across the road
from Finnstown House. Between 1940 and 1947, I lived in the gate lodge of Esker Lodge
(property of the Kennedy family). We lived at
the main entrance which was on the left (coming
from Esker Cottages) about 150 yards from the
bridge over the river Griffeen, with St Finians
Church in view about 400 yards North. Thence
for a few months we resided in a thatched house
at Stacumney, Hazelhatch. Between 1947 and
1950 we resided in another thatched house at
Finnstown, Lucan, opposite Somerton where
Misses Vitch and O’Callaghan farmed at the time. Finally from 1950 until 1964 I lived in old
Dodsborough from whence I moved to
Dunboyne when I got married. I went to
National School in Lucan between 1944 and
1952 and the Technical School between 1952
and 1954. My first year at
‘Tech’ was at its old location beside ‘Fullfills’
garage at Tandy’s Lane.
Wartime Esker During the 1940’s and 50’s Esker was a very
rural area and a relatively lonely place. As a
small boy during the World War 2 ‘Emergency’
period, I vividly remember on dark wintry nights the searchlights from Baldonnel aerodrome criss-
crossing one another as the drone of aircraft
overhead made a child filled with a mixture of
excitement and trepidation ask his Dad “whose
aeroplanes are they”? “Not to worry son they are
only practising, it is time for your bed.”
At that time St Finian’s Church was covered in a
mantle of ivy. The entrance gateway to the
churchyard was inset off the roadway: a short
grassy avenue leading up to it. As youngsters
during the ‘Emergency’ we were fascinated one day as we watched the Army set up camp at the
entrance complete with their armoured cars. To
my young mind there was a touch of magic when
a soldier snapped open a little secret trapdoor on
the butt of his rifle and out popped a little brass
bottle! It was my first introduction to the 303”
Lee-Enfield rifle and its oil bottle and also the
Mark VI Ford armoured car: however not
surprisingly I did not know their names then. I
remember adults at the time saying that the Army
were on the lookout for escaped prisoners. In
latter years I surmise this could be around July
1942 after the Derby Day escape by interned
airmen from the Curragh Camp.
Sights and sounds which bring back very fond
and nostalgic memories of growing up around
Lucan in the 1940’s and 50’s included the 9
Army Air Corps Seafires in formation in the
distance and watching as they banked as one and
started approaching where you stood. Flying low
overhead their colours changed from blue to
green with their vivid tricolours adorning their
wings; whilst the crescendo from the Merlin
engines reverberated in your ears. It was truly a
sight to behold and remember. Around Easter
time in the early 1950’s would be the opportune time to see these Seafires as they practiced for
the Military Parade in Dublin city.
Canal Barge Next choice would be a late Summers evening
after a hot sunny day, if you were in the general
area of the Grand Canal. A tut-tut-tut sound
could be heard far off but seemingly coming
nearer: it was the birdsong of the single cylinder
Bolinder engine of canal barge. It seemed a very
homely, friendly, reassuring sound; at least you
knew that there were some human beings about,
especially if where you were was remote and lonely. Clambering onto the canal bank you
waved to the helmsman as the barge passed by.
The side rounded bow lay low in the water from
its cargo of dark peat bound for Dublin city. The
crew were lean weather beaten and bronzed and
wise to the ‘ways’ of these inland waters:
wayfarers in a class of their own.
Lastly is the sound of an old Threshing Mill in
action with its characteristic dun-dun-dun-dun
rising and falling repetitive rhythm.
Gollierstown and Its Environs I spent quiet a lot of my youth with friends and
sometimes alone exploring, picnicking, fishing and hunting in this area: from 1947 to the early
1960’s. Even over the past 30 odd years I do not
think the area changed much: in short it is a
hinterland of Lucan which quite a lot if people
are unfamiliar with. I am writing this article to
endeavour to try and impart a little pleasure and
happiness to other folk who may have a liking
for quite rural backwaters and perhaps are not
aware such retreats exist nearby.
Over……..
‘Towpath trek’ from the 12th lock to Hazelhatch
Bridge, 3.5 miles, (or just to Gollierstown Bridge
if so desired) can be had if the weather is at all
fine. A rucksack containing a thermos flask of
tea/coffee and sandwiches will sustain one, so as
to stay out longer and explore more fully.
Obviously all waterways have potential dangers
especially for children but the ponds visited on
this trek can be extra hazardous so strict
supervision should be kept on younger folk.
Now best foot forward! Starting on the right
hand side at the 12th lock, we pass by the former
Grange Mills and shortly afterwards the 12th
Lock Bar (previously called The Foxes Head). A
few hundred yards further on you slip around a
wooden gate which straddles the towpath: ¾ of a mile ahead you can see Gollierstown Bridge. A
short while later the high bush-covered bank on
your right drops away and a flat open area of
marshy ground unfolds.
However, soon after the bank on your right rises
again, as does the bank on the far side of the
canal: so as you near Gollierstown Bridge the
canal is actually going through a cutting in the
terrain. Near the bridge the ruins of an old
cottage shows up near the left bank. If you
continue under the bridge the landscape opens out unto a vista of grassy hillocks, May bushes
and the ponds themselves. If you retrace your
steps back from under the bridge and clamber up
the steep bank and on to the carriageway of the
bridge you will get a good general view of your
surroundings. The nicest time to visit
Gollierstown is in May and June when the May
bushes on the mini ‘drumlins’ are in bloom and
the Roach, Rudd and Perch are taking the bait on
your fishing rod. From the bridge looking east
you can just discern the lock gates at the 12th
Lock where you left a while ago. Turning your head left, in the foreground you will see the
roofless ruins of old dwelling houses and farm
buildings. This is in a sense the hidden away and
forgotten village of Gollierstown.
century, it being part of the Finnstown Estate.
The Waldron family once owned the Estate, it
stretched from the Eagle Lodge, Newcastle Road to Hazelhatch, encompassing over 1,000 acres.
The Nash family used to manufacture mineral
water over at Finnstown House around the early
part of this century. Their Ginger Beer glazed
earthenware bottles are much sought after by
collectors as they make very pleasing and quaint
shelf ornaments.
dense bushes and brambles. Under these
brambles (up to the early 1950’s) was once a
very well made cosy and snug ‘dugout’ dwelling
inhabited by an old World War 1 veteran. It is long since gone as is also the veteran. I saw
inside it one day, it was built of stones and sods
with the stones formed into an arch to make the
roof: the old veteran must have learned his
sapping skills in the trenches of the Western
Front, as it was a work of art. Switching your
head to the right there is a pleasant view of the
Dublin/Wicklow Mountains with Peamount
we are again looking west with the canal
continuing on a rigid straight course as far as the eye can see, while laid out below are the ponds
and grassy hillocks.
Coming down off the bridge we now continue
along the towpath heading west, after which is
the far side of the canal. We soon pass the old
lime kiln also on that side. The bank on our right
soon rises again, it being sprinkled with
hawthorn and furze bushes. If we now climb up
onto this bank and look north, we are now
looking out over very remote but pleasant
farmland.
railway line bisects the flattish landscape. An
old map of 1816 names this townland as
Coolsescuddawn. It was over near Stacumney
railway bridge that the East Meath Old I.R.A. set
up an ambush on a train carrying British troops
on the 21st July 1921. However the ambush was
not a success as the authorities had become
aware of roadblocks which volunteers has set up
to seal off the area: so the military were forewarned. Continuing on, another old ruined
house comes into view on the far bank of the
canal. Over…
I was told as a child that an R.I.C. (Royal Irish
Constabulary) constable lived there in years gone
by.
The Hulk There is an old ex R.I.C. barracks in Lyons
Estate (ex Lord Cloncurry’s) near the canal. I
often wondered was he stationed there? By now
the bank on our right drops and the canal takes a turn slightly to the left: ahead on our side, the tall
gaunt lonely ruins known as the ‘Hulk’ comes
into view. The Hulk is the remains of an old
canal hotel where the passengers from the
Flyboats could stay the night and the horses were
rested or changed. This edifice should be a good
subject for the artist or photographer. I often
stood on my own, gazing inside the ruins and
thought to myself that if those old ragged stone
walls could only talk they could tell many a tale
about the folk who sat, talked and perhaps sang within them o’er 150 years ago.
In winter when the evenings are closing in with a
sullen sky, the ‘Hulk’ can look very desolate and
foreboding, especially when the winds wail like a
Banshee through the reeds on the towpath. It can
be full of atmosphere and maybe even a ghostly
spectre or two: though the latter I personally did
not witness – as yet anyway. Leaving the ‘Hulk’
behind us we continue on the last leg of our trek
as Hazelhatch Bridge comes into view. About ¼
of a mile from the bridge there is a lane running from the towpath to the narrow country road
approximately 200 yards distance.
canal at the junction of the lane with the towpath.
When we reach Hazelhatch Bridge we encounter
McEvoy’s Pub on our right and can see Lee’s
Pub diagonally over on our left. On the
Newcastle side of the bridge, a variety of
pleasure boats are normally berthed around the
bridge area, especially in the Summer.
We have now reached the outward end of our trek and another 3.5 miles return trek awaits us to
get back to the 12th Lock. Tea and sandwiches
should be eagerly sought after by this stage if not
already consumed earlier at Gollierstown. Some
folk might like soft drinks or ‘otherwise’ drinks
at the two afore mentioned excellent hostelries
but try and get back before it becomes dark as
the ghostly old ‘Hulk’ has still to be passed
again.
Before I conclude, I am just mentioning that
there is also a pond known as ‘Foxes Quarry’ hidden away behind bushes up a lane not far
from the G.A.A. Club. It used to be fished for
Roach and Perch but it could be somewhat
spawned over by now. However it is a
potentially hazardous place to fish unless in very
responsible company.
Where Spollens are now sited, is the location of
the ruins of Adamstown Castle. Alas it is no
more. I conclude with a little poem I wrote in 1958.
(Editor’s note: Kilsaran Concrete now stands on
the site of Spollens.)
“Memories of Gollierstown”
I love to go a strolling by those moors and ponds so sweet The emerald green grass under me a carpet for my feet
And looking to the old lime kiln, its ruined walls so bleak Yet still I hear the workers’ ghosts from inside of it speak Clambering up a gentle slope I stop and gaze around The scene that lies before me is dear old Gollierstown The place I rambled long ago when I was young and gay But years have passed and I have grown, my hair has turned to grey
I love to go a strolling by those moors and ponds so sweet The perfumed air of blossomed May a tonic for to meet And feeling tired but happy now that perfumed air I seek
I rest beneath a blossomed bush of May and fall asleep I dream of busy Dublin, buildings towering high above the ground But my body rests this evening in lovely Gollierstown
Cllr. Paul Gogarty – Independent and Green-minded. “Not just at election
time”
consultations are still live on the Council website
at present with some reaching their closing dates.
Keep an eye out for the Parking (charges)
consultation which is likely by December. The
polling (stations) scheme closes 6th November.
The deadline for the Griffeen Park sports pavilions is 8th November. The Corporate Plan
citizen survey will be live for several weeks. Log
on to www.consult.sdublincoco.ie for more
details. I can print out copies for anyone unable
to. Meanwhile don’t forget to also give your
views on the latest Bus Connects proposals,
including plans to ban the right turn from the
village onto the N4 at www.busconnects.ie .
Local issues: My current Autumn newsletter
should be distributed across Lucan by the end of
the week. If you don’t get a copy let me know.
Cllr. Joanna Tuffy - Labour Phone: 0876339077; e-
mail:[email protected]
the Lucan and Palmerstown- Fonthill Electoral
Area met with representatives from Dublin Bus
in October. Councillors raised many issues but
the one we all raised was the need for more buses
on routes, citing examples of buses passing
people by at stops because they are full. There
have been small improvements to the 25 route
recently but Dublin Bus needs to get funding for
any extra buses by making a business case to the
National Transport Authority which in turn must get funding from Government. I have asked
Labour TDs to raise the need for funding for
more buses for Lucan. Other issues councillors,
including myself, raised at the meeting included
the need for seats and real time information at
bus stops where there is none at present.
Gino Kenny TD – People Before Profit Phone: 01-6183816. Email: [email protected]
25A Bus Service: A number of people have contacted public representatives about the 25A
bus service emanating from Esker Church to the
City Centre. The issue is with the early
morning service and frequency. It’s imperative
that public transport is accessible and reliable
especially to get away from car culture. I have
contacted Dublin Bus in relation to reviewing
this particular service from Lucan.
Cllr.Emer Higgins 78 The Orchard, Lucan. [email protected], 087 921 7741
The NTA has published its latest draft of Bus
Connects. You have until December 3rd to have
your say at busconnects.ie. I’ve dissected their
latest draft maps and plans in accordance with
the concerns I outlined in my public submission
last autumn. I had expressed concern that Weston and Dodsboro were isolated by the last plan and
Hillcrest was under-served. I am pleased that
these are to be serviced by the latest plan but
think there is still room for improvement for
Hillcrest and Dodsboro. I was concerned at the
loss of the 25D and am pleased it will be
replaced by a peak-time service. No changes to the frequencies proposed are in
the latest plan. This is because the NTA want to
finalise the routes before the frequencies. In my
view the NTA need to increase capacity on the C1 and C2 routes.
Transport Users
Driver by confiscating the motor vehicle because
of the over the top penalty. This was aided by
advertisements of how many vehicles they have
taken from L-Drivers since the law was
introduced. This penalty greatly worked making
many of these drivers use public transport as the
accompanying driver is impossible to get at all times. This along without clearing the large
backlog in driving tests is causing massive
overloading on public transport over the past
year since the law was introduced. This
overloading is now common to all modes of
public transport making it uncomfortable and
unreliable with many users been passed by full
buses and greatly overloaded Luas and trains.
This overloading and unreliability is pushing
more drivers back to their cars.
T. Newton 086 3127364
Tuesday 12th November, 7.30pm - 8.30pm
The Humans of Dublin Exhibition will be
launched by curator, Peter Varga.
Since 2014, Peter Varga has been photographing
and interviewing strangers on the streets of
Dublin, documenting joy, heartbreak, love, and
loss from all walks of Dublin life. Since 2014,
Peter Varga has been photographing and interviewing strangers on the streets of Dublin,
documenting joy, heartbreak, love, and loss from
all walks of Dublin life. All welcome.
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A dramatic end on Tuesday night in the club, but
a resolute Jnr A football team held out for a great
win and are through to yet another Junior
football Championship Final. A superb win for
our U21 hurlers also last Saturday, who
outfought and outclassed a good Kilmacud
Crokes outfit. Disappointment for our Minor
footballers who after two great games, lost out
by the smallest of margins to a very strong
Castleknock side on Saturday evening last. Ladies football unfortunately of the 5 finals
contested last weekend we had only one winner,
the U13 girls, well done, but it is great to have so
many teams contesting finals and it’s a credit to
the work being done. So well done to all
involved. Unfortunately, the Minor B hurlers lost
out in the Championship Semi-Final midweek
against a strong Clanna Gael F side, a spirited
and gritty performance but just came up short
losing out by 2 points, hard luck but a good year
none the less.
Footballer play the Championship semi-final
vs NaFianna, 3pm away in Mobhi Road.
Support welcome and appreciated.
U15A hurlers play championship final versus
Crokes on Sunday Nov 3rd at 12pm at
Blakestown road. U15B hurlers play Shield
final versus St. Kevin’s at 11.30 at 12th lock.
All support for both teams welcome.
What a weekend off the field as well last
weekend, we had our annual and magnificent
Lucan Scaresfields Event, an absolutely brilliant
event, with Saturday night SOLD OUT well
before time. A massive thanks to the organising
committee of Caroline Gallagher, Ciara Dardis,
Deirdre McCormick, Donal Colfer, Jackie
Kearney, John Cosgrove, Liam Mulhall, Mairín
Dowling, Niamh Colfer, Niamh O'Brien and Trish Cosgrove and also thanks to Bernie Taffee
who done Trojan work setting up. As always we
are so grateful to our Volunteers for all the work
they do, to make our club more than just a GAA
club.
The Club’s AGM will be held on the 21st
November. Nomination forms are available on
club website, motions and nominations to be
submitted to the secretary no later than the 7th
November.
Saturdays 10am-12.
O’Connor and Hope families on their recent
losses. RIP.
for deceased members and friends will take place
on Thursday November 7th at 8pm. Please join
us as we remember them.
12th Lock Café, the Club Community Café is
open Mon – Fri 6:30-9pm. Sat & Sun 9.30am to
1.30pm
9pm, two groups, beginners and advanced, learn
to speak Irish in a fun way. Interested? Fáilte roimh cách.
GAA for All (SARS Stars) is every Tuesday
5.15-6pm. This provides training for children
with disabilities age 5-12. Newcomers always
welcome. It moves in doors next week and will
be held in Scoil Mhuire.
The Lucan Credit Union Academy is on
Saturday mornings 9.30am for girls, 10am for
the boys.
Lotto. There was no winner of the lotto on the 24th October, Numbers were 13, 15, 23 and 26.
Next weeks’ jackpot is €15,400, next draw will
be managed by Shay Hurson and is sponsored by
O’Grady’s Hearing and Care Services.
Lucky Dips (€30): Sinead Reilly, Mick Roche,
Sean McGann, Rory Gilmore, James Casey,
Peter Rooney, Larry Fitzharris, Jake McGann,
Maria Stewart and Niamh Kenny. Play Online,
or Tickets can be purchased at the Club, or in
Kenny’s Vesey Arms.
Drive has resumed; every
Friday in clubhouse, 8pm.
or more tables
will be kept of the number of
games won by all players (in the 12 games
played at each table) over the season. Entry fees
that exceed the prize money each night will be
accumulated as prizes for the top players over the
full season. Everyone is welcome - from beginners to those who played years ago and
would like to resume playing so please spread
the word!
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LUCAN HARRIERS & A.C. Lucan Harriers had 45 athletes of all
abilities race in the 40th Dublin City Marathon
on Sunday many new personal bests were set and
some first time marathoners. First let us send our
best to Lorraine Heffernan and to Pat O Dwyer
who were forced to pull out during the race.
Your previous records speak for themselves and we expect to see you fit and wearin to go real
soon.
very own James Casserly who was main man in
"Team James" he completed the Marathon in
4:39:38 in the company of his aunt Alison.
First home in flying form with an excess 10min
personal best was Barry Aherne 2.48.27 followed
by Will Byrne 2.55.14 , P.J. Hyland 2.57.56
personal best of almost 3mins in 2nd marathon,
Patrick Holden 3.01.42, Colm Carey 3.09.43, Gary Farrell 3.11.29, David Trunk 3.12.17 new
personal best , Derek Lynch 3.21.15 an awesome
personal best of 24 mins in his 6th marathon,
Brian Lamon 3.23.07, Colin O Gara 3.29.27 personal best of 6mins in his 5th marathon,
Kathleen Trunk was first lady home from
Harriers in 3.41.19, Gerry Byrne 3.46.43,
Danijela Klopotan 3.48.07, Tricia Gough 3.49.02
new personal best, Amanda Breen new personal
best 3.55.55, Jason Barrett 3.54.34, Helen
McGinnity Gleeson 4.00.44 new personal best,
Bernie Stapleton 4.05.10, Melissa Whyte 4.08.24, Niall Cadogan 4.09.26, Mary Browne
4.10.38 in her 1st marathon, Claire Joyce
4.09.18, Colm Munnelly 4.11.39, Eileen O'Brien
4.13.26, Philip Fay 4.16.45, Allan Mburu
4.24.41, Louise O'Neill 4.33.00, Jenny Courtney
4.34.23 in her 1st marathon, Noeleen Donegan
in her 1st marathon 4.42.44, Oliver Freeman
4.47.59, Marie Collins 4.52.59 in her 1st
marathon , Pierina Walsh 4.54.41 new personal
best, Aisling Morris 4.59.07, Lynn Ganadin
5.03.26 in her 1st marathon, Maria Donoghue 5.13.10, Sinead Farrell 5.15.18 in her 1st
marathon, Anita Hughes 5.19.05 new personal
best, Neasa Ni Dhoibhilin 5.27.50, Irene
Namugere 6.36.27, Fanchea Gibson and
Josephine Dignam in 6.57.5 Tom Meade 7.48.38
and a special mention to Daragh Doyle who dug
in deep to keep going and get finished in his very
1st marathon.
Thank you to all from the Club who stewarded
on the day and for all the support along the route,
it's really great to hear one's name called and to
see a friendly face.
Lucan Harriers AC launches ActiveYouth ActiveYouth is a newly established juvenile
section of Lucan Harriers with a focus on fitness
through athletics for ages 8 through to 18. Lucan
Harriers also has a long established competing
Juvenile section, as well as a Little Athletics
section for children under 8.
ActiveYouth is a non-competitive group,
however we will encourage any athlete to
compete if they wish, and children can move
between the juvenile sections of the club to facilitate competition with the right level of adult
volunteers in place.
This concept all came about because of a gap in
the club for some time – the need to facilitate
children who want to train in Athletics but who
don’t necessarily relish the idea of competition.
We particularly want to increase the age profile
in the club for 14 – 18 year olds and to promote
wellbeing through sport in the difficult exam
years. Our commitment to the children is to
provide a happy and engaged environment with the benefits that fitness brings and to retain them
through to senior level in the club.
We kicked ActiveYouth off on Wednesday 4th
Sept, and 8 weeks in we already have 70 children
signed up. We have seen some transition from
the Juvenile competing group and also a large
intake of new members to Lucan Harriers. We
offer the 2 week free trial, and our retention level
from the trials has been great. We spent the first
few weeks training on the grass area at the back
of the hockey grounds, but now that our new
Track is available to us we are delighted. We have a fantastic group of volunteer coaches and
we have a number of stations set up at training so
that the children get to experience Javelin,
Running, long jump, drills and hurdles.
The growth in numbers in such a short space of
time has shocked us all. It shows the demand was
there all along and there are a lot of children in
Lucan interested in Athletics. With no little or no
PR, our numbers continue to build. The
ActiveYouth children are going into school and
telling their friends all about us, so we must be doing something right!
ActiveYouth is here for the long term, we want
to embrace as many children as possible into
Athletics. It’s fantastic to see the children’s
confidence grow week on week and some now
going out to complete Griffeen Junior Parkrun at
the weekends.
Lucan Colleges Cross Country Challenge today -
Wednesday October 23rd. It was a wonderful
occasion and was very well organised by
Harriers head Coach Gerry Martin who was
assisted by a team of volunteers from Lucan Harriers AC.
There were thrills and spills during a most
enjoyable event with athletes racing hard for
honours. Many of our own young Lucan
Harriers athletes participated. Evidence of their
hard work and that of our juvenile coaches can
be seen in the results below: Ist Year Girls
1 Saoirse Fitzgerald Lucan Community College 2 Maggie Jez Lucan Community College 3 Caoimhe Keegan Mount Sackville 1st Year Boys
1 Adam McNamee Colaiste Eanna 2 Edward Joyce Mount Temple 3 Hugh Roche St Peters Dunboyne 2nd Year Girls
1 Millie Hughes Lucan Community College 2 Clodagh Nic Dhomhaill Mount Temple 3 Eve Marie Noctor Colaiste Cois Life 2nd Year Boys
1 Jamie Byrne Wesley College 2 Luke O'Boyle Kishogue Community College 3 Liam Fitzgerald Lucan Community College 3rd/4th Year Girls
1 Eimear Mahon Mount Annville 2 Viviana McCann St Joseph's Lucan 3 Siog Lloyd St Joseph's Lucan
3rd/4th Year Boys
1 Dara O'Donoghue Lucan Community College
2 Abdul Laadjel Kishogue Community College 3 Harry Ferrick St. Peter's Wexford 5th/6th Year Girls
1 Faye Durvan Wesley College 2 Aoife Coffey Colaiste Cois Life 3 Ellen Rochfort Colaiste Cois Life 5th/6th Year Boys
1 Charlie MCGowan Colaiste Eanna
2 Gavin Curtin Moylepark 3 Cathal Dowd St. Peter's Wexford.
LUCAN GOLF CLUB Results Gents Section
Tues - P Lynch (19) 40, G Hatch (11) 36,
T Walsh (19 Edmondstown) 36, R Kavanagh (5
Corrstown) 34. Wed - G Hatch (11) 39, A
Sweeney (22) 39, D Kissane (12) 37, Nine Hole - T Gough (16) 18. Hole in One T Nolan 4th hole
Sat - S Carney (11) & G Hatch (11) 47, J Cleary
(16) & J Nolan (19) 44, D Ryan (12) & JA
Murphy (18) 43
Sun - S Dignam (10) 39, P O'Leary (5) 38,
E Field (3) 36, D Harding (16) 36, E Tully (17)
36, G Lawless (18) 36
LUCAN PITCH & PUTT CLUB
Gents class 1 winner - Gareth Walsh - 46pts
Gents class 2 winner - Fred McMahon - 49pts
Gents class 3 winner - Tommy Coogan - 48pts
(Back 9)
Ladies class 1 winner - Evelyn O'Gorman - 46pts Ladies class 2 winner - Adrienne Kelly - 44pts
Fund Raising – Bank Holiday Weekend
We had a fantastic response to our Fund Raising
Weekend. Thank you to all concerned and
remind you that next weekend is our Open
Scramble and all funds will be also going to our
charity. We were honoured last weekend to have
Alex and his Mam with us for the sponsored
walk on the Sunday and on Monday Alex and his
family joined us for the scramble. Alex seemed
to have enjoyed himself and may we take this opportunity to thank both his Mam and Dad and
their extended family for their participation over
the weekend.
Up and about! It was great to see Bernie Blake,
Mick Monaghan, Agnes and Adrian Dignam join
us last weekend –good to see them up and about
again. Well done Bernie on playing in the
scramble and winning a prize. We are hoping
that some of you might even make it back for the
Winter League.
New Members Welcome – Adults and
Juveniles. Our Club is now open for membership. If you would like to join our Club
please contact the Secretary in writing and we
will be in touch with the relevant details by
return. You can join as a family or individual or
indeed you are more than welcome to call into
the Club House and ask for any committee
member who will be only too willing to discuss
your enquiry – best time to call is at the weekend
or contact us at [email protected]
Hall/Room for Hire. Please note that we have a
hall/room for hire from 7pm weekdays – short term or long term hire/lease will be considered.
Please contact the secretary by letter or email
[email protected]
November 23rd - Race Night
December 22nd - Santa visits the Club
December 31st - New Year’s Eve – dance the
night away
2nd: Christy Corrigan
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Mary's Lucan
11am, 12.15pm and 7pm
(Nuns Chapel), on Thursday 2pm - 4pm
and Saturday 7.30pm – 9.00pm
6.30pm Mass
We ask parents to call to the Sacristy to
book at least one month before ceremony.
Deepest Sympathy to the husband,
family and friends of Marie Devine,
Beech Park, to the wife, family and
friends of Martin McCracken, Ardeen
and to the wife, family and friends of
Noel Tyrrell, Green Park, Hillcrest.
May they rest in peace.
St. Andrew’s Church of Ireland Sunday:
St. Andrew’s - 9am and 10am
St. Mary’s, Leixlip 11.30am
Lucan Presbyterian Church Sunday:
Sunday Masses:
noon Folk Mass
evening between 6:15 - 6:50pm.
at 12.30pm. At least four weeks’ notice is
required to facilitate preparation. Applications between 10am and 1.00pm Monday to Friday at
Parish Office or after any Mass as Parents are
required to attend a pre-Baptism Meeting.
Bookings cannot be accepted on the telephone or
by email. Divine Mercy Lucan South
Sunday Masses:
Weekday Masses: Monday to Friday: 9.15am
and Saturday at 10am
of Divine Mercy: Monday and Thursday 2:00pm
– 3:00pm. Please come and spend some time in
Adoration.
(If you would like to commit to one hour per
month or per fortnight please phone Bernadette
at 0862209634)
information meeting before making
arrangements or booking dates.