Historic Walks – Thursday 7th of September at 11am
Joe Byrne Chairman of the Lucan Festival will bring you on an informative stroll around Lucan village pointing out some of landmarks, their relevance in Lucan’s long history. Famous people associated with Lucan include Patrick Sarsfield, Shackelton, Agmondisham Vesey, and James Gandon. Thursday’s walk will commence from the bus stop opposite Topaz garage at 11 am.
Thank you to all the communities who are taking part this year in the Lucan Festival we are delighted that you have chosen to be part of this annual Festival. Now in its sixth year The Festival committee under Chairman Joe Byrne would like to thank both our local communities and our New Communities in the Lucan and surrounding area,
Indian, Nigeria. Cameroon. Italy. Czech Republic. Thailand, The Philippines, South Korea/Japan
The Festival which runs from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th September has something for everyone – some items from the program are as follows:
Thurs 11th: Walk the historic Village of Lucan starting from the bus stop opposite the Topaz garage. The walk will continue along the foot path of the eastern side ie by the Methodist Church, Town Hall, Presbyterian Church etc., up to Collins butchers. We will then cross over the road to the bridge and Hills Mills, back again along the Mall, down to the Weir , then the Italian Ambassadors grounds, old graveyard and finish at the AIB. The walk will take approx. 2 hours and will have a guide.
Fri 12th: At 11am in Lucan Presbyterian Church some very knowledgeable senior Lucanians will answer questions from members of Primary Schools 5th classes. This is a repeat of last year which was a great success. Invitations have gone to all Primary Schools in Lucan. Members of the public can attend too.
Sat 13th has 2 events: From 1.30 pm there will be an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Sarsfields, Veseys and Colthursts in the beautiful and historic grounds of Lucan House by kind permission of His Excellency. The grounds cover approx 25 acres and include the original Church of Lucan, graves of the Veseys, Stable buildings, Lucan House itself which will not be open but accessible all around, Sarsfields Monument, Bath House and river walks. A Falcon display and demonstration will be there all afternoon on the open lawns.
There are still tickets left and will be available at the entrance gates on Main Street on the day. Tickets €5, children 12 and under free.
Sat 13th: From 4pm to 7pm there will be a return of our Historical Exhibition in St Andrews Parish Centre. So when you finish your walk in Lucan House come view Thomas Robert’s paintings of Lucan Demesne from around 1770. A surprise for you will be a Roberts painting of the Demesne which has not been on public display since it was painted. Also on display funeral expenses of Lady Jane Butler 2nd wife of Agmondisham Vesey (the 1st) who died in 1746, Jane Shackletons photos of Lucan between 1885 and 1906, Industrial History, Maps, bottles and much more. Free.
FAMILY FUN DAY! Sun 14th – Family Day, 2pm – 6pm Village Main Street.
Through traffic will be prohibited from 11am to 7 pm from Ardeevin to the Ulster Bank and also at the corner of Courtneys.
The Garda Open Day with the Garda Band, the station accessible to all for your fingerprints, checking out the cells etc. A number of the specialist units will also be there such as Horses, Helicopter, Prison Van etc.
A Marionette Show will take place inside the Methodist Church at 2.30 and 4pm
Main Stage will be at the bridge near Toolans where local and international dance and singing will be continuous from 2 pm.
Our internationally known Duck Race will take place on the Griffeen at approx 4.30. You can pick your own duck for €2 each or 3 for €5. Food Stalls from around the world will display and sell their native foods. Historical Exhibition from 2pm.
Local groups and organisations will be there to show what they contribute to the community.
Children can slide, jump and run on bouncy castles and slides.
Pony Rides will be down on the weir promenade €3 each.
For the adventurous types they will be able to raft over the Weir from 2 to 5 pm. There are 3 sessions, 2 to 3, 3 to 4 and 4 to 5pm. Old clothes are advisable, no crocs or flip flaps and no U12’s. Tickets limited to 160 cost €5 each and are available from 0867944074.
A mobile Animal Farm and a reptile zoo will be there.
Street Entertainers will be performing throughout the afternoon. Vintage Cars – From just beyond the Church of Ireland there will be a static display of 22 or more vintage cars with their owners present who will be happy to answer questions (oldest car dates from 1904)
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