Building the Church

The Church of Divine Mercy opened 17th September 2000 and you can see the slideshow of pictures from time of the construction by clicking on the image including an artist's impression of the new Church, provided by our Architect, Anthony Gallagher.

Main Church

The Main worship area for mass has a capacity of 380 people and is rectangular in shape. On either side of this are two side rooms; one is a family room for parents and young children and the other is the day chapel. The family room allows parents to bring young children who may have difficulty sitting quietly for the duration of the mass while allowing them to see and hear the ceremony.


There is a parish room with an adjoining small kitchen which is often used to host tea and biscuits for parishioners after special masses and is located to the right as you enter from the main church doors. It is also sometimes used by community groups for various meetings during the week. There is also a bathroom available for use.

Pastoral Groups

There are a number of Pastoral groups in the parish some of which are listed below.

  • Adoration: Friday 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Divine Mercy Prayer Group: Monday 7.30pm – 8.30pm
  • Lucan South Choir: Monday Practise 7:30pm - 9:00pm for Saturday Vigil mass
  • Parish Pastoral Council
  • Scripture Sharing: Tuesday 9:45am – 10:45am


Couples who wish to get married in our parish are advised to book the Church as soon as possible to secure a date. This should be done in person rather than by phone or e-mail.

If you live in the parish but are getting married in another parish it is still necessary to contact the parish priest and make an appointment to have your Pre-Nuptial Enquiry papers filled in. Before doing this, please arrange to get a recent copy of your baptism and confirmation certificates and a letter of freedom from your home parish to state that you are free to marry in the Catholic Church.

It is also necessary to register your marriage with the civil authorities by contacting the registry office. The registry office for the Dublin area is based in Joyce House, Lombard Street. Telephone: 01 6354000.

If you are getting married outside of Ireland you will need to contact the department of Foreign Affairs.


Registrar-General of Marriages, Joyce House, 8-11 Lombard Street East,Dublin 2
Tel. 01-635 40 00

Department of Foreign Affairs, Consular Section, 72/76 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2;
Tel. (01) 478 08 22 extn 304.

General Register Office (N.I), Oxford House, 49-55 Chister Street Belfast BT1 4HL
Tel. (08)(01232) 252 000.

The Embassy of Italy, 63 Northumberland Road, Dublin 4
Tel: (01) 660 1744

The Embassy of the United Kingdom, 31 Merrion Rd, Dublin 4
Tel. (01) 269 52 11

The addresses of the other embassies appear in the telephone directory under Diplomatic & Consular Missions, Embassies.

Parish Map

Lucan South Parish became a parish in its own right in December 1995.

The Parish extends west from the Fonthill Road to Ballyowen Lane on our eastern boundary and as far as the Griffeen River on our western boundary. The old townlands were Balgaddy, Ballyowen and Griffeen. Below are maps of the parish, one from 1999 and an updated version from 2010.

Areas served by Lucan South Parish:

Foxdene,Foxborough, Huntington Glen, Colthurst and Rochfort, The Oaks, Abbeywood, Abbeydale, Earlsfort, Rosewood, Lynch’s Lane, Old Balgaddy,Brookwood, Griffeen, Woodleigh, Moy Glas, Castle Riada, Cluain Rí, Larkfield, Liffey Valley Park, Ash Park, Hayden’s Park, Glenvale, Oldcastle, Rossberry Foxford, Rosse Court, Oldbridge, Tullyhall and Liffey Valley.

A Brief History of Lucan South

(Balgaddy / Ballyowen) Thanks to Mary Mulhall for the following information.


Situated in what was once The Royal Manor of Esker, Balgaddy lies along one of the oldest routes in Ireland of old. The old road from Lucan to Clondalkin, passing through Balgaddy, was part of the route from Royal Tara to The House of Hospitality in Tallaght. There are just small sections of this road left now, as modern road networks take over.

Balgaddy, on the border between Lucan and Clondalkin, was in the Parish of Clondalkin, along with Lucan until 1953, when Lucan became a parish in its own right, taking Balgaddy with it. Since long before then, the people of Balgaddy made the long trudge to the Church and schools in Lucan – a long journey by today’s standards! Like the Lucan people, they travelled to the Parish Church in Clondalkin at Confirmation time.

The Bush of Balgaddy

Many years ago, there was a famous Bush of Balgaddy which formed part of the boundary line between the parishes of Lucan and Clondalkin.

Catherine Murray at The Bush of Balgaddy back in the 70's (from Lucan Old & New)

Legend has it that back in the old days, a priest called to a house beside the bush, for shelter on a stormy night. The people in the house turned him away because he had performed a marriage, which was not popular in the area. The priest then sheltered in a nearby shed, but before he went, he said that the grass would grow around the door of the house, that the bush would fall and that the name of those who turned him away would never again be in the Bush House.

Old people say that this came to pass. The bush did fall, but was replaced by another, which vanished when development began in this area. According to Deasmhumhan MacCarthaigh in "Gleanings from the District of Lucan", the new bush was an ‘unworthy successor’. The bush grew at the old junction of Clondalkin Road / Lynch’s Lane. Today there no sign of either house or bush!

The Local

St Judes, Balgaddys last pub before the Penny Hill arrived!

Did you know that back in the early part of the century, Balgaddy had its own pub? The present country house called St. Judes (beside the roundabout at Earlsfort) was the local hostelry. The population of Balgaddy in 1901 was 85. Goodwin’s Shop was the only other commercial business in the area.


Ballyowen is mostly famous for its Norman Castle with its lofty turret. In 1640, this castle was rated as having five hearths, so it was a small castle of its day, compared to Lucan Castle, which had 12 hearths. (Rates were assessed by the number of chimneys a building had – perhaps that is why small workers cottages only had a hole for the smoke to flow through!)

In 1630, it was occupied by a Catholic, Mr. Nottingham, who married a sister of William Sarsfield of Lucan. Like the Sarsfields, he was evicted from his property during the Commonwealth. However, after the Restoration in 1660, the Nottinghams regained possession. The family also owned a castle in Finnstown and a mill in Esker.

During penal times, the estate was owned by a Mr.Geraghty who, had a brother a priest. Local legend has it that the priest hid in the castle, but was soon discovered by soldiers, whereon he is said to have thrown his chalice into a holy well in a nearby field, and escaped through a secret tunnel which ran to Hermitage. It was said that up till recently, the waters of the well could be heard running underneath the castle.

In 1733, the Bellews were the owners and following them, the property was owned by a family called Rochfort, who had a lot of land in the area around 1850. At this time the estate contained 283 acres.

Ballyowen Castle in 1906

By 1900 all that remained of the castle was a tower, with a modern farm building at the base. Traces of an old fosse could also be found in the surrounding fields, where today’s modern housing estates are standing. In 1901, the populations was 52. Ballyowen Castle is now the home of Eurospar.

A portion of the castle is preserved, so next time you visit the centre, check out the built-up remains of old doorways, windows and steps in the stonework.

Divine Mercy and Lucan South

Today the areas of Balgaddy and much of Ballyowen form part of a thriving community with its own church and school, and in December 1995 this area became a parish in its own right. Now the new parish of Divine Mercy, Lucan South lies between Lucan and Clondalkin.