St. Finian’s church and graveyard in Lucan, Co. Dublin dates from the 11th century but has been ruined since the 17th century.
It is known colloquially as ‘Esker Church’, reflecting its location on the Esker Riada, a glacial feature which formed a highway across ancient Ireland known as the ‘Slí Mhór’.
Located in the middle of modern housing, it is one of the most historic structures in the area, but has suffered from neglect and anti-social behaviour. The Society for Old Lucan has adopted this monument; they want to learn more about it, to raise local awareness, and to ensure its protection.
The Community Group: Society for Old Lucan
Established in 2017, Society for Old Lucan works to conserve, research and promote Lucan’s local history, heritage, archaeology and folklore. The group is a member of the Federation of Local History Societies and is registered with the South Dublin County Council Public Participation Network. The group has a six-member core committee with roles of chair, treasurer and secretary assigned. Committee members take the lead on individual activities and projects based on their strengths and interests, and they all share a strong connection with St. Finian’s Church.
Thanks to funding from the Heritage Council through Creative Ireland and the Adopt a Monument Scheme, an architectural assessment and a geophysical survey were undertaken in 2019 which identified possible structural remains of an earlier church in the grounds.