Lucan, Dublin

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Village and Suburb
Lucan is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°21′16″N 6°26′55″W / 53.3544°N 6.4486°W / 53.3544; -6.4486Coordinates: 53°21′16″N 6°26′55″W / 53.3544°N 6.4486°W / 53.3544; -6.4486
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County Dublin
Council South Dublin
Dáil Éireann Dublin Mid-West
European Parliament Dublin
Population (2016)
 • Urban 49,279[1]
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference O029352

Lucan (Irish: Leamhcán, meaning "place of elms") is a village and suburb in South Dublin. It is roughly 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 Kildare.


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[by whom?] that the oldest bridge in Ireland, King John's bridge, is in Lucan in Griffeen Park.

Transport and access[edit]

Lucan village is located north of the N4/M4 national primary west/northwest 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.

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 was planned under Transport 21. The town was to be included the Metro West line. Both projects are now abandoned.

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]
  • 25D Merrion Square-Adamstown Railway Station via Newcastle Rd[12]
  • 25N Westmoreland Street-Adamstown[13]
  • 25X UCD Belfield-Dodsboro via city centre,Lucan village [14]
  • 66 Merrion Square-Maynooth (straffan Road) via Lucan village,Leixlip [15]
  • 66A Merrion Square-Leixlip (Captains Hill) via Lucan village,Leixlip [16]
  • 66B Merrion Square-Leixlip (Castletown HP factory) via Lucan village,Leixlip [17]
  • 66N Westmoreland Street-Leixlip (Louisa bridge)via Glen Easton [18]
  • 66X UCD Belfield-Maynooth/Captains Hill/Castletown via Lucan By-pass [19]
  • 67 Merrion Square-Maynooth Railway Station via Lucan village,Celbridge [20]
  • 67N Westmoreland Street-Maynooth via Celbridge [21]
  • 67X UCD Belfield-Celbridge (Salesian College) via Lucan By-pass [22]

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.

Lucan has an 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.

Weston Airport, Lucan Co. Dublin

Lucan House[edit]

Lucan House is a seven bay two storey over basement country house. It was built in the late eighteenth century, when Agmonisham Vesey cleared the previous residence and commenced construction in 1772. The architecture is in part the work of Agmondisham and also William Chambers with Michael Stapleton responsible for the plasterwork. The estate passed through the Sarsfield, Vesey and Colthurst families through marriage and in 1954 became residence of the Italian Ambassador. The remainder of the estate land is now Liffey Valley Park.[23]

Residence of the Italian Ambassador

Local Attractions[edit]

Griffeen Valley Park[edit]

The Griffeen Valley Park runs along the Griffeen River, with some smaller outlying park areas among housing developments to the West. The main area of the park is split by the Lucan Bypass, with Vesey Park on one side and Griffeen Park on the other. The most important feature of the Griffeen Valley Park is the old woodland in Vesey Park that was retained when the park was formed. This woodland is most extensive along the Griffeen River and contains mature deciduous and coniferous trees. The most important area on the river is the wet woodland containing the most extensive fern and bryophyte growth recorded in the five parks surveyed. The woodland also provides the habitat for the protected species Hypericum hirsutum.[24]

Education and Library[edit]

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 secondary school), St. Joseph's Girls school, 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) and there are two Irish speaking primary schools Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada and Gaelscoil Naomh Pádraig (mixed) and an Irish speaking secondary school Coláiste Cois Life.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. Divine Mercy, formerly called Archbishop Ryan Senior National School, is a primary school built in 2005, home to 631 students.

Lucan Library[edit]

Lucan Library is a part of a network of libraries in South Dublin.[25]


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.

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.[26]

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.[27] 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 the main Lucan Facebook page with over 16,000 followers sharing photos, news and events in Lucan.


Lucan Shopping Centre employs hundreds of people in the Lucan area

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, is also a major employer, located nearby in Leixlip, Co. Kildare (the town also formerly[28] hosted Hewlett Packard), while further employment is close by in Blanchardstown, home to firms such as eBay's European operations. There are various nursing homes in Lucan, providing employment to nurses and doctors. Lucan is also home of many different public houses, with six being located in Lucan village alone. These bars provide further employment to locals.


There are numerous places in Lucan in which locals can shop, with a main street full of shops such as newsagents like Centra, bookmakers, Lulubelle Pin Up Boutique, 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, McDonald's along with a Community Library. 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.

Local Organisations and Charities[edit]

Pieta House[edit]

Pieta House opened its doors a decade ago with Lucan acting as its centre of operations. The charity, set up by psychologist Joan Freeman, sought to provide vital aid to those experiencing depression and suicidal thoughts. By 2015, the service catered for more than 5000 people per annum from its Lucan centre and its eight further branches across the country.[29]

Lucan Disability Action Group (LDAG)[edit]

Lucan Disability Action Group is located in Unit 24, Hills Industrial Estate, Lucan, Co. Dublin. It was established in October 2000 to address the needs of people with a disability in the Lucan area, by eight members of the local community.[30]



Lucan has three GAA teams. Lucan Sarsfields, the largest sports organisation in the town, was founded in 1886 and is located on the 12th Lock on the Grand Canal. Sarsfields 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 McCaffrey, plays for Sarsfields. Westmanstown Gaels are also located in north Lucan at the Westmanstown Sports Centre, which has diversified from its roots as a leisure centre for the Garda Siochana.

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, Gaelscoil Naomh Pádraig and Coláiste Cois Life.[31]


Several football teams play in the area, such as Arthur Griffith Park FC, Beech Park, Esker Celtic,[32] Ballyowen Celtic and Lucan United FC.[33]


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[citation needed], and they continue to expand and prosper. 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[citation needed]. It has grown to become Europe's largest female only boxing tournament with 300 plus boxers expected to register for the 2016 event.

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[edit]

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[edit]

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, Co. Kildare.


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 are member-run and date back over a hundred years. Hermitage Golf Club is considered to be one of the best parkland courses in the Leinster area.[34]

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

Awards for Lucan[edit]

Tidy Towns[edit]

Lucan has an active participatory role in the Tidy Towns competition. In September 2013, Lucan Village claimed the South Dublin title for Tidy Towns. [35]

Notable people from Lucan[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  • 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.[verification needed]
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