Lucan is a large village and suburb located approximately 12 km west of Dublin city centre, on the River Liffey close to the Strawberry Beds and Lucan Weir, and at the confluence of the River Griffeen.
While the more significant part of the area lies under the jurisdiction of South Dublin county council, there's a small portion north of the Liffey, including Westmanstown, Laraghcon, St Catherine's Park and Lucan Demesne, that lies under Fingal council control.
Lucan has a substantial number of schools covering all the usual permutations. Dating back to 1833, the St. Mary's Boys National School (BNS) is the oldest school in town.
- Mary's Girls Primary School
- St John The Evangelist Primary School
- Esker Educate Together Primary School
- Thomas's Primary School
- Divine Mercy National School (Mixed Primary)
- Scoil Mhuire (Mixed Primary)
- Joseph's Girls Secondary School
- Coláiste Phádraig (a Christian Brothers Secondary School)
- Andrew's (mixed) National School
- Adamstown Castle Educate Together National School
- Scoil Áine Naofa Senior School
- Lucan Community College
- Adamstown Community College
There are two Irish-speaking primary schools, the Gaelscoil Naomh Pádraig (mixed) & the Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada and also an Irish-speaking secondary school, the Coláiste Cois Life.
For Sports enthusiasts there is much to do in and around the wonderful town of Lucan. Aside from Walking (since there is much opportunity to keep fit by foot around here) you may be interested in a few of these offerings too,
Lucan has three GAA teams. Founded in 1886 Lucan Sarsfields are the most significant sports organization in the town and is located on the 12th Lock on the Grand Canal.
The Westmanstown Gaels, also located in north Lucan at the Westmanstown Sports Centre, which has diversified from its roots as a leisure centre for the Garda Siochana.
Currently based in Gaelscoil, Na Gaeil Óga CLG is an Irish-language GAA club that started a juvenile structure in the area in September 2014.
There are several football teams that play in the area: Lucan United FC, Esker Celtic, Beech Park, Arthur Griffith Park FC, Ballyowen Celtic, Griffeen Celtic, and Liffey Valley Rangers FC.
The first-ever All-Female Amateur Boxing tournament in Ireland was hosted by the Esker Amateur Boxing Club in 2013. Since then it has grown to become the World's largest female-only boxing tournament in 2019 with 19 countries spread over three continents attending. Still, they're the largest sports club in Lucan without permanent facilities to work from and have been running a long campaign to build their own permanent clubhouse.
At the beginning of 2008, after a few years' hiatus, the Lucan Boxing Club reformed and in this first season back, the boxing club won the Dublin Junior Club of the Year.
There are two main golf courses in Lucan, the Lucan Golf Club and the Hermitage Golf Club. Both courses are member-run and date back over a hundred years.
Situated between Leixlip and Lucan, there is also the Liffey Valley Par 3 which as the name suggests is a par 3 golf course.
Liffey Celtics Basketball Club is a basketball club for boys and girls aged seven up to senior. Currently, there are 13 (10 boys & 9 girls) underage basketball teams competing in the Dublin Area Board League & Cup competitions. Training and home matches take place at the Colaiste Cois Life (Lucan), Confey GAA(Leixlip) and Leixlip Amenities Centre. The club's senior women's team competes in the Basketball Ireland Super League.
In the area since 1992, the Lucan Tae Kwon-Do school is run out of the Adamstown Educate Together National School. Another Lucan based team is The Dublin Dragons American Football Team. There is also a skatepark in Griffeen Valley Park.
The best part is that there are promising signs in terms of other key infrastructures, too – Lucan's first swimming pool is scheduled to open to the public at the beginning of 2021.