At the start of 1985, Lucan consisted of two parishes – St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s up in Esker. By the end of the year, a third Parish was announced – Divine Mercy, Lucan South, with responsibility for development going to Fr. Cathal Price.
School life began in October with 8 pupils and 1 teacher. By November, the number had grown to 18, in a building owned by Stewarts Hospital. A 5 acre site was allocated for permanent school buildings. There were currently 35 new houses occupied in the parish, with 85 to be complete by Christmas. By June ’86, it was expected that 220 houses would be complete. “Fr Prices has a pre-fab Mass Centre which has a Sunday congregation of 50 and growing fast.”
From these humble beginnings our parish has grown and the existing church was built and opened 17th September 2000 having been designed by architect Anthony Gallagher. Today there is a much larger community that call Lucan South parish their home. Yesterday 13th January 2023 the current parish priest Fr. Aidan Kieran met with the founding parish priest of our parish and are pictured together below.