Excitement builds as Lucan Festival lineup revealed

by Mark O'Brien
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EXCITEMENT is building for the Lucan Festival following confirmation of the full programme at the official launch of the festival on Monday, August 14, with the festival to run from Wednesday, September 6 to Sunday, September 10.
The festival starts in the Lucan Library on Wednesday, September 6, where local poet Eamonn Lynskey will read from his collection, It’s Time.
This will be followed by two days of discovering the history of Lucan. There will be a walking tour of the historic village and a talk on Irish Women, The Vote and Politics 1918 – 1922 on Thursday, September 7.
This will be followed on Friday, September 8 by a talk on Lucan in the 1950s and 1960s, with the talk giving primary school children the chance to ask older people what their school days in Lucan were like. Friday night will also see a spectacular fireworks display on the Weir at 8pm.
On Saturday, there will be a walk in the grounds of Lucan House, where the Defence Force’s Black Knights parachute team will parachute into the grounds in a spectacular show.
Festival chairperson Joe Byrne recently told The Gazette: “I have to mention the goodwill and interest of Minister Frances Fitzgerald.
“We were getting nowhere trying to see if we could get the Black Knights, and we asked her for help and she’s been able to help us.”
The festival closes on Sunday with a family fun day in Lucan village. Lucan Garda station will hold its open day, which will feature the Garda Band, fingerprinting, motor bikes, the Garda helicopter and more.
The South Dublin Model Railway Club will hold a display in Kenny’s Pub while there will be plenty for children to enjoy with Jungle Dave’s Reptile Show, story-telling and a puppet show.
Further information on the festival can be found on Facebook or at lucanfestival.wordpress.com.

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