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Lucan: local groups sought to show talent
 
Lucan festival

The much loved and hugely popular Lucan Festival will make its annual return again this September and will give up-and-coming local artists the opportunity to showcase what they’ve got.
The festival, which will take place from September 8 to 11, will feature a wide range of free activities, cultural events and of course the Family Fun Day, where Lucan Village will be pedestrianised for a day of entertainment.
On Thursday, September 8, there will be a walk around the village starting at 10.30am opposite the Topaz garage.
Then, later that night there will be a talk in Lucan Presbyterian Church about the historic republican Anne Devlin, who acted as housekeeper to Robert Emmet.
The following morning will see several primary school classes meet up with senior citizens from the area who will talk about what it was like growing up in Lucan when they were children.
Walk
The Italian ambassador Giovanni Adorni Braccesi has given permission for a fund-
raising walk to take place in the grounds of Lucan House on September 10.
People who attend will be able to see the well-kept grounds, the original Church of Lucan, the Veseys’ private burial grounds, Sarsfield Monument, the Summer House, the stables and of course walk along the banks of the Liffey.
Festival chairperson Joe Byrne said: “This will be a fantastic opportunity for people to walk in the footsteps of the Vesey Family and the Sarsfield family.
“I encourage anyone interested in the history of Lucan to sign up for this great experience.”
Tickets are on sale every Saturday in Supervalu besides Kays Kitchen from 12 to 2.30pm.
Adults are €5 and children under 12 are free. Proceeds are used to offset festival costs.
The Family Fun Day on Sunday, September 11, will see thousands of people from Lucan and beyond flock to the village to enjoy the vast array of festivities taking place.
Organisers are now looking for a number of local groups who want to take to the stage and exhibit their talent.
Volunteers are also being requested to work with the Lucan Festival committee on some of the fundraising events over the coming weeks.
Mr Byrne added: “The village will be pedestrianised from 11am to 7pm.
“We would also like to ask local residents to help us clear some of the vehicles from the village the night before.
“Last year 11 cars were parked there during the weekend which meant that we lot of space for the festival tents.
“This festival is for the community and we would encourage you all to join and support the Lucan Festival.”
Anyone interested in performing is asked to lucanfestival@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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