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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 Dublin/Kildare border.

Lucan Town

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