Living in Lucan has a certain charm, although this summer it’s been difficult to appreciate with grey skies and the persistent rain in recent weeks. Yesterday evening with blue skies there was time to appreciate the village. With the population of the greater Lucan area at 50,000 people (equal in size to Waterford City), it is amazing how Lucan Village has maintained its traditional character, most shop fronts and houses have changed little in appearance over the past 80 years, with exception of the loss of the tram service which ceased in 1940. Throughout the 70’s Lucan village became a bottle neck with West bound traffic often causing huge tailbacks. This was alleviated somewhat by the construction of the Lucan bypass. Large volumes of traffic still travel through the village to cross north and south over the Liffey via Lucan Bridge, particularly at peak times to avoid the M50 toll.
Lucan has a strong sense of community within the village and pride by local business in maintaining their shop fronts and installing flower boxes. The local tidy towns group, with support from South Dublin County Council have ensure that all verges have been kept clean, litter is picked up and any unoccupied building are kept in order.
Yesterday evening as I walked through the village in sunshine, I can across a horses tied up outside Kenny’s pub on main street. It made me stop and take this photo and appreciate how unique and lucky I feel living close to Lucan Village, a sanctuary from the bustle of Dublin less than 12km away.