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Lucan is a village and suburb in South Dublin. It is located 12km from Dublin city centre and is situated on the River Liffey and River Griffeen. It is located just off the N4 road and is close to the county boundary with Kildare.HistoryIn Celtic Irish language, 'leamhcán' means 'place of elms', a reference to the Elm trees that abound Lucan village and surrounds from ancient times.There is evidence of prehistoric 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.When Oliver Cromwell came to Ireland, Lucan was a village of 120 inhabitants.In 1566, Sir William Sarsfield acquired Lucan Manor, and the property became closely associated with the Sarsfield family. Patrick Sarsfield, the Irish Jacobite leader, was born in the castle that had occupied the manor grounds and was granted the title Earl of Lucan by King James II.Lucan House was built on the site of Sarsfield's castle in 1772, by Rt. Hon. Agmondisham Vesey, who had married into the Sarsfield family. The circular ground floor dining room is said to have been an inspiration for the Oval Office of the White House. The decorative plasterwork was carried out by Michael Stapleton. Over the years, the house passed out of the Vesey family and, since 1942, has been the residence of the Italian ambassador to Ireland. In the grounds of the house is the spa, the waters of which attracted people to the town in previous times.Lucan is in County Dublin. Plan the details of your Lucan holiday and any onward adventuring with our easy-to-use Ireland journey planner.
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