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Lucan ( ) is a suburban town to the west of Dublinmarker city, Irelandmarker, in the administrative county of South Dublin, and is situated some 13 km from the city centre.


The town lies at the confluence of the River Liffeymarker and the River Griffeen, its tributary.

The picturesque old town retains character, despite hosting ever-expanding areas of new housing that are essentially overspill developments for nearby Dublin. These new areas lead east from the town towards the Liffey Valley Shopping Centremarker and southeast towards Clondalkinmarker.


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

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 Housemarker. 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'.

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.

Transport and Access

Lucan is located on the N4 national primary route from Dublin to Sligo, and the southern areas of the town are close to the N7 route. It is also close to the M50 Dublin ring road. An outer-orbital distributor road, called the Outer Ring Road and designated R136, from the N4 (Woodies) interchange to the N7 is currently under construction (and it is proposed that this will ultimately be extended to Blanchardstownmarker).

Although it is located between two important commuter railway lines, both the original Lucan North (Leixlip) and Lucan South stations closed in 1941 and 1947 respectively. Only recently has a rail stationmarker re-opened near Lucan. This will service Adamstownmarker, to the southwest, on the Kildaremarker-Dublin commuter line. As part of Transport 21, a further major expansion south of the Dublin-Cork train line is planned on the lands of Adamstownmarker.

A new Luas line for the town is planned under Transport 21, with the completion date set at 2012. The town is also planned to be served by the planned Metro West line.

Dublin Bus provides several bus services to the area, including the 25/A/X, the 66/A/B/X, and the 67/A/X. Feeder routes such as the 239 from Liffey Valleymarker shopping centre to Blanchardstown via the north of the town (the Strawberry Beds) also run. Dublin Bus also provides Nitelink services with the 25N serving south Lucan and the 66N serving Lucan village. Some other bus operators also serve Lucan, including Circle Line who connect Lucan with city centre, Ballsbridgemarker, Dundrummarker and Nutgrove.

There is a private airport, Weston Airportmarker, located to the west of Lucan and on the Dublin/Kildaremarker border. This airport conducts pilot training and uses light aircraft and helicopters. It sometimes gives its address as Leixlip, Co. Kildare.

Culture and identity

Lucan is generally considered in two parts - old Lucan, and new Lucan. Old Lucan consists of the main town of Lucan, containing smaller roads and shops, resting in the Liffey Valley. New Lucan is considered to be the majority of the newer housing developments, built South of the main town, out of the valley, and stretching as far as Clondalkin.

Lucan has undergone enormous change since the early-1990s. It is road after road of identical houses occupied by the new aspiring middle classes, or "decklanders", as economist David McWilliams terms them. 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, Lucan quickly became one of the more reasonably priced areas in the south Dublin area. Given its easy access to Dublin Citymarker 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 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.

Although there has been a substantial increase in housing built in the Lucan area in recent times, development of recreational, cultural and commercial facilities have been minimal, leaving young people in particular with little to do. However, the fact that Lucan enjoys one of the highest rates of third level entry in the country speaks volumes of the youth in the area. This is partly because Lucan is located within 15 km of four universities, three in Dublin and one in Maynoothmarker, plus Dublin Institute of Technology.

With the large population increases came jobs and high-profile retail developments, but traffic congestion has become a major problem. The N4 is considered one of the most congested roads in the city; particularly where it meets the M50, as traffic regularly stretches back for up to 5 kilometres at rush hour. Upgrade schemes are currently under construction for both the N4 and N4/M50 interchange to help remedy these problems.


Lucan has a number of schools, including an Educate Together primary school. Other schools include Lucan Community College Esker, Scoil Áine & St. Thomas's Primary schools (Esker, mixed VEC school), Coláiste Phádraig (a Christian Brothers school), The Kings Hospital School (a Church of Ireland school), St. Joseph's Girls school, Coláiste Cois Life (Irish-speaking secondary school), St. Mary's Boys National School, St. Mary's Girls Primary School, St. Andrew's (mixed) National School and Archbishop Ryan National School (mixed primary).


In July 2006, the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland signed a five year community radio contract with Liffey Sound Communications Co-operative Society Limited (broadcasting as Liffey Sound FM) to serve the community of Lucan and its environs. They broadcast on 96.4FM; Monday to Friday: 5pm to Midnight and on Weekends: 8am to Midnight.


The area is primarily a residential one, though employment does exist. One of the major employers within the region is the Liffey Valley 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.


A number of local shopping centres exist in Lucan, including one at Hillcrest, whose main tenant is Tescomarker, and another on the Newcastle road, which has Superquinn as well as several other shops, including a McDonald's restaurant.

Lucan Village is also a notable shopping area with several pubs and specialist shops including a computer store.

The Liffey Valley Shopping Centremarker opened in 1998 and is the major shopping centre for the broader area. The Blanchardstown Centre is another major retail development with relatively easy access. The area has a strong local retail sector, but Dublin city centre remains popular as a shopping destination as well.

A retail park exists at an N4 junction, where Woodies DIY, D.I.D Electrical and various other stores are found.


Lucan has a Gaelic football team, Lucan Sarsfieldsmarker, one of the upcoming clubs in Dublin with 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.

Several football teams also play in the area, such as Hillcrest F.C., Beech Park, Esker Celtic and Lucan United.

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 2009/2010 season. The club currently trains in its own gym in Haydens Lane on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturday mornings.

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.

The Dublin Dragons American Football Team are based in Lucan. Dublin Dragons AFC

Lucan Harriers Athletic Club are also based here.

A skatepark was opened in 2007, after a lengthy campaign begun in the late 1980s by local skaters but finally built after a 4 year concerted campaign by people from surrounding areas.


Lucan has its very own Concert Band, Lucan concert band which has been in existence since 1983 Lucan Concert Band. The band caters for all wind instruments, from trumpet, clarinet, flute and trombone to bass, euphonium, percussion, bassoon and saxophone. In 2008 Lucan concert band celebrated its 25th Anniversary.

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.

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