Garda Band
One of the highlights of Lucan Garda Station’s Open Day and, indeed, Lucan Festival 2012 was a performance by the Garda Band, with conductor, Inspector Pat Kenny, expertly leading the band through some great songs

Still brimming with the success of the event when he spoke to The Gazette, festival chairman Joe Byrne said that the event drew a lot more people this year.

He said: “I thought it was quite a good success this year. We had good attendance at the various talks that we did and, on Sunday, we had quite a crowd there. “Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves with all the various attractions we brought in.”

The festivities on Sunday included a display by the Dublin Fire Brigade Services, stalls which showcased local organisations, and a stage to showcase some local talent and entertainment.

Deputy Derek Keating (FG) said that this year’s festival went very well, and was very successful.

“It was a great opportunity for the people of Lucan to come down to the village, take time out, take part and enjoy themselves,” he said.

Party colleague and local minister Frances Fitzgerald, who launched the festival, congratulated the Lucan Festival Committee, South Dublin County Council and the Gardai on their huge efforts in the lead up to, and during, this year’s hugely successful Lucan Festival.

She said: “The success of the annual Lucan Festival is a tribute to the spirit of the community of Lucan.

“The festival has always provided a real showcase for local talent, entrepreneurship and the fostering of community spirit, and Sunday’s celebrations, in particular, added a huge focus to this.

“Festivals such as this are a great way of boosting community spirit and creating a sense of cohesion in towns and villages.”

Lucan Garda Station held an open day in conjunction with the festival. Sergeant Morgan O’Neill said that, overall, both the festival and the station’s open day went very well.

“It went very well. This was our sixth year to run [an open day in the station] – we were the first in the country to have one.

“The primary purpose [of the day] is for people to come into the station and to be able to have a look around and see what’s behind closed doors, and for kids to have a look at the cells, and the Garda cars, and see the different services we have available – to give an overview of the different avenues of Garda work.”