After a break of many years Lucan Community Festival was revived in 2009. It had been discussed for some time but only became a reality with the support of South Dublin through financial and administrative support. In fact almost the entire budget (in the region of €12,000) for the Festival came from South Dublin County Council Community Services Department.
It was always envisaged that this was a “once off” on South Dublin behalf, and this year they have taken a step back and allowed the community play a larger role in organising the festival. Initial response from South Dublin County Council has indicated that there is very little funding available for such events this year. We do hope that we will receive some financial support, particularly in the area of insurance. But by and large we have a big task ahead in terms of fund raising.
A new committee has been formed, Joe Byrne (Finnstown) Chairman, Tom Dowling, Secretary, committee members, John Sheehan, Community Garda, Kay Carroll, Lucan Loins, Lucy Peprah, CPLN Area Partnership, Donal Walsh & Andrea Doyne of South Dublin County Council Community Services Department.
Lucan Festival 2010 is a Community based festival and provides an opportunity for all groups and cultures all over Lucan to meet and celebrate at one week long event. We also hope that in these difficult times the festival could help generate additional revenue for the traders of Lucan.
We are in the early planning stages but the festival will take place between September 20th -26th. We are speaking to business, sporting and recreational groups in the greater Lucan regarding their participation. Events that we are currently discussing include ‘An Intercultural Day’ including information stand, with music and dancers from Ghana and Nigeria which we hope will provide a better opportunity for the Ethnic Minority Community to engage with the wider Lucan Community – A gig rig and live youth bands – A cycle race through Lucan Village – Historic view of Lucan through photographs – Historic walks/tours in the area – Lucan’s got talent show event – Performances of local choirs – Exhibition of local artists and street performers.
The Festival is planned to coincide with the very successful Open Day of Lucan Garda Station. The station will close as a working station from 6am – 6pm all areas of the station will be accessible to the public, including cells. The Garda Band will perform, an afternoon concert adjacent to the station from 2pm to 4pm. There will also be members from the Gardai traffic unit including motorbikes, the mounted unit, the dog unit, Cycle unit & the Garda sub aqua units present. It was a huge success last year.
On Wednesday 5th of May are holding a public meeting at 8pm in The Ballyowen Centre (beside Lidl supermarket). We need lots of volunteers to assist at events, please come along and give us your views and how you might be able to help at this year’s festival.
Lucan Festival Secretary.
Mobile 086 2505665