Lucan Festival: Gospel choirs, fireworks, history and poetry readings

By Aideen O'Flaherty

THE ninth annual Lucan Festival was launched recently, with the announcement of a diverse programme of events over the course of the five-day festival in September.

The festival will see Lucan village play host to an exciting range of events, including child-friendly events such as face-painting, bouncy castles and street entertainers.

Lucan Festival

Other events include a performance from the Lucan Gospel Choir, pony rides at the weir, an open day at Lucan Garda Station, a firework display, a walking tour of historical Lucan village and a walk in the grounds of Lucan House.

Joe Byrne, the chairman of the Lucan Festival committee, told The Echo: “People can expect a wide range of events, from poetry readings to historical walks.

“For the first time, we will have a firework display at the promenade at the weir.”

The festival will also be a multi-cultural affair, where there are plans for performances from Thai, Filipino, Indian and other communities, and there will be Irish and international food stalls.

“I think the festival brings everybody together. We’ve a very varied community in Lucan, and they all take part.

“All we want to do is make people aware that the village is there, because Lucan is so widespread.

“We encourage everyone to come down and see where Lucan started.”

Last year more than 8,000 people went to the festival, with 1,500 going to the grounds of Lucan House.

Rafting over the weir will also return after being one of last year’s most popular events, with a charge of €5 and the stipulation that old clothes must be worn, and no flip-flops or crocs will be allowed.

The festival will take place from September 6–10, and most events will be free.

 More details are available on the Lucan Festival Ireland Facebook page HERE.

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