Lucan TD, Emer Higgins, has urged the local community to show their support for the Lucan Festival which runs from 5th – 10th September. Speaking at the launch of the Lucan Festival, Higgins commended the work of the dedicated committee of volunteers, the acts who participated in the launch and all the performers, historians, sponsors and Gardai involved in putting the festival together.
“The Lucan Festival is a real highlight in the community calendar. It’s a true example of community spirit in action and offers something for all the family. I’d like to say a huge thank you to Joe Byrne, Paul Madden, Dara Mc Graith, Joe Malone, Anne Stallings, John O’Brien, Joseph Reid, Cathriona McClean, Danny Kenny and everyone else who worked so hard to put on this year’s Lucan Festival,” said Deputy Emer Higgins.
“The festival runs rom Tuesday 5th right up to Sunday the 10th. During the week there will be historical tours, illustrated talks, and intergenerational initiatives. On Friday night the famous Fireworks Display will take place at the Weir from 9pm. On Saturday, Ambassador Ruggero Corrias and his family will open the grounds of their beautiful home, Lucan House, up to the public. This will likely be the last public event the Ambassador will host there before the sale of the estate is completed and it is transferred into public ownership through a sale to South Dublin County Council – something we in Lucan are all very excited about. The Saturday is a fundraiser and tickets are €6 but free for under 12s. An exhibition will also take place in St. Andrew’s Parish Centre that afternoon. Sunday, the grand finale, will see lots of street entertainment, performers, children’s activities, birds of prey and stalls take over Main Street and the famous LucanFest ducks take over the Liffey. Lucan Garda Station will also open it’s doors to the public. The Garda Band will be on hand to entertain while people check out the cells, historical memorabilia on display and interact with the Garda Horses,” continued Higgins.
“It really does promise to be a great celebration of all things Lucan and all things community. Well done to everyone involved – the dedicated volunteers, Lucan Gardai, performers, historians and sponsors. I was delighted to help launch the festival along with Ambassador Ruggero Carrias, Mayor Edge, Caroline Brady and Councillors O’Toole and Moynihan. We were all blown away by the talent on display by young Sean Tobin from the Snappers, Shamrock Bhangra, Sarah Byrne and Comhaltas who will all be performing on the main stage during the festival. You won’t want to miss them,” concluded Deputy Emer Higgins.