Video of Lucan, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Lucan (Irish: Leamhcán, meaning "place of elms") is a suburban town in County Dublin,
Ireland, in the administrative area of South Dublin. Lucan is situated on the River
Liffey and River Grifeen, some 13 km from Dublin city centre. . It is located just
off the N4 road and is close to the boundary with County Kildare. It is also connected
by road to Clondalkin and Palmerstown.
In the Irish language, 'Leamhcáin' means 'Place of the Elm Trees'. The name probably
comes from a people that travelled by river, as Lucan is the first place that elm
trees are encountered if travelling inland from the Liffey. There is evidence of
pre-historic settlement around Vesey Park, though not much archaeological investigation
has been carried out in the area. There is a suggestion that an ancient road that
linked into the Tara network ran through what is now modern Lucan village, continuing
up the hill towards Esker Cemetery.
Lucan is generally considered in two parts - old Lucan, and new Lucan, with old Lucan
being more settled and considered to be a more upper-middle class region as opposed
to new Lucan which is considered to be a lower-middle class / working class area.
Old Lucan consists of the main town of Lucan, containing smaller roads and shops,
the local CBS, national schools, St. Mary's Church and housing estates such as Lucan
Heights and Beech Park resting in the Liffey Valley. New Lucan is considered to be
the majority of the newer housing developments, built South of the main town, out
of the valley, and stretching as far as Clondalkin.
Lucan has undergone enormous change since the early-1990s. It is road after road
of identical houses occupied by the new aspiring middle classes, or "decklanders",
as economist David McWilliams terms them. After the building of the M50 motorway
and N4 interchange, and the staggering increase in house prices and jobs during the
Celtic Tiger era of the 1990s, Lucan quickly became one of the more reasonably priced
areas in the south Dublin area. Given its easy access to Dublin City and relatively
modest house prices compared to older more established areas in closer proximity
to Dublin City many thousands of homes were built in a matter of years. Building
development is still ongoing on a large, albeit reduced scale today. Where once it
was considered as a completely separate satellite town of Dublin, Lucan is now perceived
as part of the Dublin urban area (although the M50 motorway ensures that the two
do not physically merge with each other), and it is the first town one meets when
leaving Dublin on the N4.
There is a private airport, Weston Airport, located to the west of Lucan near the