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Lucan, Dublin

Lucan is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County South Dublin
Population (2011)
 • Urban 45,861
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference O029352
Website .ie.sdccwww

Lucan (Irish: Leamhcán, meaning "place of elms") is a suburban town in South Dublin, Ireland. It is located 13 km from Dublin city centre and is situated on the River Liffey and River Griffeen. It is located just off the N4 road and is close to the county boundary with County Kildare. It is also connected by road to Clondalkin, Palmerstown and Dublin city centre.[1]


  • History 1
  • Transport and access 2
  • Culture and identity 3
  • Education 4
  • Media 5
  • Employment 6
  • Shopping 7
  • Sport 8
    • GAA 8.1
    • Football 8.2
    • Boxing 8.3
    • Tae Kwon Do 8.4
    • American Football 8.5
    • Skateboarding 8.6
    • Rugby 8.7
    • Athletics 8.8
    • Golf 8.9
    • Basketball 8.10
  • Notable people from Lucan 9
  • See also 10
  • Notes and references 11
  • External links 12


In the Irish language, 'leamhcán' means 'place of the elm trees'. Another interpretation "Place of the Marshmallows" is mentioned in Francis Elrington Ball's "History of the County Dublin" (1906), marshmallow being the flower and not the confectionery.[7] "The name probably comes from a people that travelled by river, as Lucan is the first place that elm trees are encountered if travelling inland from the Liffey.[7]

There is evidence of pre-historic settlement around Vesey Park, though not much archaeological investigation has been carried out in the area.

There is a suggestion that an ancient road that linked into the Tara network ran through what is now modern Lucan village, continuing up the hill towards Esker Cemetery.

When Oliver Cromwell came to Ireland, Lucan was a village of 120 inhabitants.

In 1566 Sir William Sarsfield acquired Lucan Manor, and the property became closely associated with the Sarsfield family. Patrick Sarsfield, the Irish Jacobite leader, was born in Lucan and was granted the title Earl of Lucan by King James II.

Currently on the site of Sarsfield's castle beside the town is Lucan House, built around 1770 by Rt. Hon. Agmondisham Vesey, who had married into the Sarsfield family. The circular ground floor dining room is said to have been an inspiration for the Oval Office of the White House. The decorative plasterwork was carried out by Michael Stapleton. Over the years, the house passed out of the Vesey family and since 1947, has been the residence of the Italian ambassador to Ireland. In the grounds of the house is the spa, the waters of which attracted people to the town in previous times.

The influence of the Sarsfield and Vesey families on Lucan is still apparent in the locality. For example, the local Gaelic Athletic Association club is Lucan Sarsfields and a pub in the town bears the name 'The Vesey Arms' aka Kenny's.

The discovery of a sulphurous spa in Lucan in 1758 brought the district into prominence, and it became a mecca for weekend parties from Dublin and the surrounding countryside. A ballroom was erected and subsequently a hotel.[8]

Most of the structures in Lucan Village were constructed as part of a large redevelopment of the town around 1815.

It is said that the oldest bridge in Ireland, King John's bridge, is in Lucan in Griffeen Park.

Transport and access

Old Lucan village is located north of the N4/M4 national primary west/northwest motorway. The southern townlands of Lucan are located close to the N7/M7 national primary south/southwest motorway. The village is approximately 5K west of the M50 Dublin ring road. An outer-orbital distributor called the Outer Ring Road, designated as R136, from the N4 (Woodies) interchange to the N81 Tallaght Bypass was completed in 2008. It is proposed that this will be eventually extended north to Blanchardstown.

Lucan is located between two major national/commuter railway lines. The original Lucan North (Leixlip) Station on the north/northwest line and Lucan South station on the south/southwest line were closed in 1941 and 1947 respectively. The green field development of the Lucan townlands as a major residential area was predicated on the prime location between the motorways and railways. Adamstown railway station has recently re-opened to serve the area. It is located south of Finnstown, Lucan. This station will also service significant further developments planned to the south of Adamstown townlands and the south/southwest commuter line.

A new Luas line for the town is planned under Transport 21. The town is to be included the Metro West line.

Dublin Bus provides several bus services to the area, including the following

  • 25 Merrion Square-Dodsboro via Lucan village [9]
  • 25A Merrion Square-Esker Church via Foxborough,Finnstown Abbey [10]
  • 25B Merrion Square-Adamstown Railway Station via Foxborough,Finnstown Abbey [11]
  • 25N Westmoreland Street-Adamstown[12]
  • 25X UCD Belfield-Dodsboro via city centre,Lucan village [13]
  • 66 Merrion Square-Maynooth (straffan Road) via Lucan village,Leixlip [14]
  • 66A Merrion Square-Leixlip (Captains Hill) via Lucan village,Leixlip [15]
  • 66B Merrion Square-Leixlip (Castletown HP factory) via Lucan village,Leixlip [16]
  • 66N Westmoreland Street-Leixlip (Louisa bridge)via Glen Easton [17]
  • 66X UCD Belfield-Maynooth/Captains Hill/Castletown via Lucan By-pass [18]
  • 67 Merrion Square-Maynooth Railway Station via Lucan village,Celbridge [19]
  • 67N Westmoreland Street-Maynooth via Celbridge [20]
  • 67X UCD Belfield-Celbridge (Salesian College) via Lucan By-pass [21]

Feeder routes such as the 239 from Liffey Valley shopping centre to Blanchardstown via the north of the town along the Strawberry Beds also run. Dublin Bus provides Nitelink services with the 25N serving south Lucan and the 66N serving Lucan village. Some independent bus operators also serve Lucan.

There is an up-and-coming airport, Weston Airport, located to the west of Lucan near the Dublin/Kildare border. This expanding facility conducts pilot training and serves privately owned light aircraft and helicopters. It new terminal is located south of the M4 to the east of the Dublin Celbridge Road and Kildare border.

Culture and identity

Lucan is generally considered in two parts - old and new Lucan. Lucan consists of the main town of Lucan, containing smaller roads and shops, the local CBS, national schools, St. Mary's Church and housing estates such as Esker Lawns, Lucan Heights and Beech Park, Authur Griffith Park, Hillcrest, Woodview, Airlie Heights, Dodsboro, Ardeevin, Kew Park, Vesey Park, Roselawn, Esker Cotteges and other single dwellings along Lucan road and Newcastle road and in Mill bank which is north of the village, all resting in the Liffey Valley. New Lucan is considered to be the majority of the newer housing developments which were built during the celtic tiger housing boom.

Lucan has undergone enormous change since the early-1990s. After the building of the M50 motorway and N4 interchange, and the staggering increase in house prices and jobs during the Celtic Tiger era of the 1990s and 2000s, Lucan quickly became one of the more reasonably priced areas in the south Dublin area. Given its easy access to Dublin City and relatively modest house prices compared to older more established areas in closer proximity to Dublin City many thousands of homes were built in a matter of years. Building development is still ongoing on a large, albeit massively reduced scale today. Where once it was considered as a completely separate satellite town of Dublin, Lucan is now perceived as part of the Dublin urban area (although the M50 motorway ensures that the two do not physically merge with each other), and it is the first town one meets when leaving Dublin on the N4.

With the large population increases came jobs and high-profile retail developments, but traffic congestion has become a problem. Upgrade schemes are complete for both the N4 and N4/M50 interchange to help remedy these problems.

Lucan is one of the strongholds of Indian community settled in Ireland, who came to Ireland for various job purpose mainly in nursing field. There is a club called Kerala House in Lucan Village that conducts various cultural programs especially Keralite Cultural Programs and religious festivals of various religions/Christian denominations in India like Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Christians, Indian Orthodox Christians, Syriac Catholics, Indian Catholics, Malankara Catholics, Latin Catholics, Syriac Marthomites, Islamic, Hindu etc.


Lucan has a number of schools, including an Educate Together primary school, Lucan Community College Esker, Scoil Áine & St. Thomas's Primary schools (Esker, mixed VEC school), Coláiste Phádraig (a Christian Brothers school), St. Joseph's Girls school, Coláiste Cois Life, there are two Irish speaking primary schools (mixed), Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada and Gaelscoil Naomh Pádraig, St. Mary's Boys National School, St. Mary's Girls Primary School, St. Andrew's (mixed) National School and Divine Mercy National School (mixed primary),Schoil Mhuire (mixed primary). Many students living in Lucan attend Confey College in Leixlip and Adamstown Community College, Adamstown.There is also the International School of English (ISE) for those wanting to learn English as a 2nd or 3rd language situated in the heart of Lucan village.


In December 2013 Impression Design & Print launched a free magazine in Lucan (The Lucan Link, shortened to The Link). The magazine is distributed free to 15,000 homes every month, a further 1,000 copies are distributed to business addresses in Lucan. It usually contains items of local interest and offers from local business's and has been of great benefit to the business community in Lucan.

In February 1967 the Lucan Newsletter was first published. The Lucan Newsletter is a journal of local events for the area with the function being to provide a platform for the various organisations of the area to publish news of their forthcoming activities and to report on their meetings. The journal is produced and published weekly by volunteers.[22]

Liffey Sound Communications Co-operative Society Limited, a not-for-profit, runs Liffey Sound FM which is Lucans community radio station. Liffey Sound FM is another local media source run entirely by volunteers.[23] The station has been broadcasting since July 2006.

Other local media sources include weekly newspapers the Liffey Champion which is a local newspaper for the Lucan area of South Dublin and North Kildare, The Echo which is published in Lucan as the Lucan Echo and the Lucan Gazette.

Lucan Life started in March 2014 and is a Lucan Facebook page with over 8000 followers


The area is primarily a residential one, though employment does exist. One of the major employers within the region is the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in North Clondalkin, though there are a number of other businesses in the area. There are major businesses in the nearby areas of southwest Dublin such as Citywest and Tallaght. Intel and Hewlett-Packard are also major employers, located nearby in Leixlip, Co. Kildare, with further employment close by in Blanchardstown, in Fingal, such as eBay's European operations. There are various nursing homes in Lucan including Lucan Lodge Nursing Home at Ardeevin Drive, Lucan Village which can accommodate 72 residents and employs more than 70 people. Lucan is mainly a large commuter town with the majority of the working inhabitants travelling into Dublin on the bus or by car.


There are numerous places in Lucan in which locals can shop, with a main street full of shops such as newsagents like Centra, bookmakers, banks, charity shops, IT shops and cafés. Local supermarkets include: SuperValu, formerly Superquinn,is located in the Lucan Shopping Centre. The rest of the centre contains a Dunnes Stores, Peter Mark and McDonald's. Tesco in Hillcrest, which has a Domino's Pizza beside it. Lidl's campus contains the Penny Hill, a Eurospar and a taxi company.

Liffey Valley Shopping Centre and Blanchardstown Centre are only a short drive from Lucan Village, while Lucan's inhabitants are only a 20-minute drive away from Dublin City.



Lucan has a Gaelic football team, Lucan Sarsfields who currently have two county representatives on the football team and four on the hurling team. They won the u/21 Dublin Football Championship and a Minor double of Football and Hurling in 2005. Lucan Sarsfields U21 B team won the Callum Sally Cup in 2005 and again in 2009. The Dublin Hurling captain Johnny McCaffery, plays for Sarsfields. Westmanstown Gaels are also located nearby at the Westmanstown Sports Centre. They are a GAA team.

An Irish-language GAA club Na Gaeil Óga CLG started a juvenile structure in the area in September 2014 and are currently based in a Gaelscoil and a Gaelcholáiste in the area, Coláiste Cois Life and Gaelscoil Naomh Pádraig.[24]


Several football teams play in the area, such as Arthur Griffith Park FC, Beech Park, Esker Celtic, Ballyowen Celtic and Lucan United FC. The most famous team in Lucan is the now Under 16's team at Esker Celtic, known formally as Walt FC. They are named after their manager, Walter Kerins, who guided his team to a remarkable 5th-place finish in the 2014-2015 season.


Esker Amateur Boxing Club is an amateur boxing club located in the Lucan area. They are currently one of the most progressive boxing clubs in Ireland and continue to operate as the number 1 boxing only club in West Dublin. They were founded to help cater for the large interest in competitive amateur boxing in the area. In November and December 2013, the club hosted the first ever All Female Amateur Boxing tournament in Ireland.

In January 2008, Lucan Boxing Club reformed after a few years break. The club was very successful in its first season back winning the Dublin Junior Club of the Year for the 2008/2009 season.

Tae Kwon Do

Lucan Tae Kwon-Do school has been in the area since 1992 and has recently moved to the Adamstown Educate Together National School. The school is run by 7th Degree Black Belt Instructor Master Val Douglas.

American Football

The Dublin Dragons American Football Team are based in Lucan.


A skatepark was opened in 2007 beside the local leisure centre, after a lengthy campaign began in the late 1980s by local skaters. There is also a children's playground beside the skatepark.


Barnhall RFC is the nearest rugby team to Lucan. They are located in Leixlip.


Lucan Harriers Athletic Club are based in Lucan.


The two main golf courses in Lucan are Lucan Golf Club and Hermitage Golf Club. Both courses boast a rich heritage as each is over 100 years old. There is a healthy rivalry between the courses when they meet in GUI competitions. Both courses are thriving members' clubs.

Liffey Valley Par 3 is a par 3 golf course that is situated between Leixlip and Lucan. It is a popular course which has recently built a pitch and putt course on site.


Liffey Celtics Basketball Club is a basketball club for girls aged 7–18, and boys aged 7–13. There are 13 (8 girls & 5 boys) underage basketball teams competing in the Dublin Area Board League and Cup competitions. Training and home matches take place at the Colaiste Cois Life (Lucan), Leixlip Amenities Centre, and Confey GAA (Leixlip). The club has a senior women's team competing in the Basketball Ireland Super League.
Their website is

Notable people from Lucan

See also

Notes and references

  • Note on population: Lucan was officially considered as part of Dublin City from the 1996 census onward, meaning that the census does not list the town's population as a whole, but it is arrived at by adding the Lucan areas (Lucan-Esker, Lucan Heights and Lucan-St Helen's) to provide an overall population. It is also important to note that for planning purposes Lucan and Clondalkin are often considered as a single entity.
  1. ^ "Look at Lucan... County Dublin" is a website with historical and contemporary information about Lucan. Since November 1996 this site has chronicled the ups and downs of life in Lucan.
  2. ^ Census for post 1821 figures.
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  7. ^ a b South Dublin County History Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  8. ^ Irish Times, 1 July 1957, page 4
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  22. ^ Lucan Newsletter: About Us
  23. ^ Activelink: Online directory listing Irish non-profit organisations
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  25. ^ a b c d e Lucan - Famous People
  26. ^ Wynne, Fiona (30 January 2004). "Love walked away from me as I was dancing all over the world; EXCLUSIVE RIVERDANCE STAR TELLS OF SHOW THAT CHANGED HER LIFE". The Mirror. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 

External links

  • South Dublin County History
  • South Dublin County Images
  • Lucan Concert Band
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