What an amazing achievement for our club, 3 young athletes selected to represent Ireland at the Under 21s and Cadet European Championships In Estonia. Robbie will fight in Under 21s while Nicole and Tosia will fight In the cadets. Our thanks to everyone for sticking with us over the hard times of Covid and everything is starting to look a bit brighter. Junsa is always welcoming new members , so if you want to train for fitness, fun or become an aspiring athlete you are welcome to try your hand or should I say foot ! at our great martial art and sport.
The club were delighted to hold a Half Marathon for members during August. Starting with a lap of the Hub, the route took in Quickpenny, Hedgestown and Wimbletown before returning to the Hub via the ring road. There was a nice mixture of experienced athletes who were running as part of their Marathon training plans and newer members who in some cases were completing their first Half Marathon. Well done to all who took part or helped out with organising or water drops. All groups are scheduled to return to training in early September. Places for new members are available by contacting us through our facebook page or email to Luskathleticclub.ie
Our highly successful Cúl Camps 2021 took place in Thomas Ashe Park recently with 125 children aged between 6 and 12 years taking part.The children had an eventful week, with the weather on our side thankfully. A big thank you to all our coaches for ensuring everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable week playing camogie, hurling, football and a couple of spontaneous waterfights!! It was great to see all our young members back playing and training with their friends once again after a difficult year.Our Online Lotto draw takes place live on Facebook every Thursday at 9.00pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.klubfunder.com.The lotto is an important fundraiser for the club and we appreciate all the support.
After 2 years as Lusk Utd Chairman, Ciaran Russell, stood down from his position at the recent AGM in July. Ciaran has been involved in the club for most of his life as a player, coach and committee member. Indeed, Ciaran has spent the best part of a decade on the committee in various roles always giving 100% commitment and bringing a rare skill set that will be a great loss to the committee and the club. The impact Ciaran made as Chairman should not be underrated and he leaves the club in good stead as we come through one of the toughest periods in the club’s and the country’s history. Ciaran has overseen the first club survey, the development of a club strategy, a restructuring of the committee and a very successful girls only academy at which Ciaran was a coach.The Russell name is synonymous with Lusk and with Lusk Utd; Ciaran’s contribution will go a long way to cementing his name in the history of the club and we as a club would like to thank him for all his efforts. We wish him the best for the future, and we hope to see Ciaran back on the sidelines at games or even on the training pitches again in the future. We are also now recruiting for our U16 Girls, U 19 Girls, U 14 boys and U 19 Boys teams and we are delighted to have received an allocation of €25,453 towrds clb machinery under the Sports Capital Grant
Lusk Community Council launched the final ‘Lusk Vision 2030: Lusk for Life’ Strategic Plan via
Virtual Public Information Meeting recently. Following months of independent research, analysis and listening to the people, Lusk Community Council is pleased to launch the final ‘Lusk Vision 2030: Lusk for Life’ Strategic Plan. A virtual public meeting was held online at 7pm on Thursday 26th August to launch the final Strategic Plan. The Plan presents a vision for how Lusk can develop with the best interests of the current and future citizens to the fore.‘Lusk Vision 2030: Lusk for Life’ is a unique community-led action plan for Lusk town commissioned by Lusk Community Council in late 2020, and undertaken by consultants AP+E architects in collaboration with Miriam Delaney and Tara Kennedy. The team listened to public concerns, designed strategies for future development, and provided action plans and recommendations for how proposals can be achieved by the community. The level of engagement from clubs, community groups, stakeholders and individuals demonstrated the huge appetite for positive change in the town. Key messages highlighted the need for better facilities for teenagers and children in Lusk, a need to expand and improve community facilities, build social cohesion, and a desire for an attractive and accessible town centre with retail, employment and recreation opportunities for residents.The report contains an overview ‘Lusk Vision 2030: Lusk for life’ map, which identifies and proposes key design projects. The design projects are accompanied by ‘action plans’ which set out the means to deliver results. The design strategies and proposals are positive, feasible and achievable, and aim for the best possible future for the citizens of Lusk. Finally, the report contains recommendations for action to mobilise community participation and political support in order to achieve success.Lusk Community Council looks forward to working with community stakeholders to implement the Lusk Vision 2030 Plan and recommendations over coming years.
Following on from the recent Rush to Lusk Cycle Route Feasibility Study, Cllr O’Donoghue has called for the fast tracking of the of the implementation of the Study’s findings to connect Lusk to the train station. Fingal County Council’s (FCC) overall objective is to deliver a high-quality, safe and attractive pedestrian/cycle network within and between the towns of Rush and Lusk, and improve connectivity to the local Rush/Lusk train station and to a number of schools and tourist attractions in the area. Councillor O’Donoghue stated ‘The pathway from Lusk to the station is narrow and dangerous. The berm periodically encroaches on the path making space for pedestrians even more narrow. Many Lusk residents cycle and walk from the town to the station, the current road and footpath make it difficult to make for this journey to be made safely. I am calling for the expedition of plans for the construction of the proposed cycle track and walkway from Lusk to the Station, which will also link the town to Rogerstown Park and the proposed Fingal Coastal Way.’ He continued, ‘In the larger picture, this will also take cars off the road, reducing carbon emissions and traffic congestion on the Station Road, encourage fitness and active living while also making commuting to the station safer for cyclists and walkers. I am confident that there will be good news in the near future regarding the installation of this key piece of infrastructure between Lusk and the train station.’
While some of the covid restrictions are still in place , at Junsa we are still training outdoors while we have this fantastic weather. Our more experienced players are in preparation for international competition in August, if our travel restrictions allow it. At Junsa Taekwondo we always try to develop our students to their fullest potential, weather it’s Kyrougi ( fighting competition) Poomsae competition ( sets of Taekwondo moves which are judged in tournaments) or develop them into referees , coaches or train just for fun. There is something for everyone in Junsa Taekwondo.Junsa is always taking on new members young and old or past students are always welcome. Don’t hesitate to contact Master Stuart Russell on 087 7775202 or follow us on Facebook @ JunsaTaekwondo.
It was brilliant to see many of our athletes in competition action as the events came thick and fast across July. Between Dublin Graded meetings, Dublin Juvenile Championships and Leinster Athletics Track & Field Championships there was an opportunity for everyone to take part in their chosen events. There was a large medal haul for our athletes and it was clear to see the long lay off from competition has been put to good use. Thanks to our coaches and volunteers for there fantastic work and well done to all athletes who took part. The club also held a competition for U8 to U11 members on a very wet but fun night at the Hub
At Lusk United our players are central to all we do, so we thought we would let them have their say. We sent our trusty reporter off to a training session to ask some hard hitting questions. Meet our fantastic Under 10 boys.
Why do you like playing for Lusk United? The range of answers we got all centred around one key point… fun. This delighted us as our club ethos is work hard & have fun. Describe your team in one word. Interestingly we didn’t have a word repeated! Good, fantastic, great, class, amazing, best, professional, loud, brilliant and happiness all featured. Positive and reaffirming words. What makes a coach a good coach? A great question as what adults feel is a good coach perhaps doesn’t equate with what children feel. Our U10 boys felt a good coach makes football fun, explains well and is supportive. A coach who listens and helps with good training sessions. One who will tell you the truth, listen to the players and help out. A good coach is someone who tells you and teaches you what you need to improve. Each players’ response focused on having fun, identifying areas for improvement and learning how to improve, proving just how focused and tuned in these boys are. Now that we have peaked your interest, why not tune into our Facebook page to see more from our U 10 boys… Hear about the hardest game they ever played, their favourite footballer and their best memory at Lusk United so far. Meanwhile they will continue to try perfect the Rainbow flick, around the world, shooting on target and defending. Well done Under 10’s we loved hearing from you.
In other news we are delighted to see the completed remedial works to our ball stop nets at Rathmore Road. These works were partially funded by the Fingal County Council Sustainability Competition 2020 and the 2020 Community Enhancement Programme from the Depart of Rural and Community Development, Fingal County Council and the Local Community Development Committee The Executive Committee of Lusk United A.F.C. wish to thank those involved for making this happen.
The ongoing Lusk Community Cultural Centre is a major community re-development project for the town and it is the first step in creating new community facilities in the heart of medieval Lusk for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.
Following years of work on planning this project, May 2021 saw the beginning of the construction works and by June 2021 the foundations were being laid. Ongoing updates on the project can be found on Facebook, search “Lusk Community Cultural Centre”.
This unique project will become a new centre for Arts, Culture and Heritage and will be a springboard for marketing and promoting our town within the tourism sector and beyond.
Lusk Community Council is asking businesses, families and individuals to become a “Founding Friend” for the Cultural Centre and have your brand or name displayed in the building on the Founding Friend Sponsorship wall.By becoming a “Founding Friend” of the Cultural Centre, you can assist with making thisproject a reality for our town. All funds raised by the “Founding Friend” sponsorship will gotowards the community contribution required to fund the overall project. While the project is scheduled to be completed by May 2022, the “Founding Friend Sponsorship” will be open from 1st August to 30th September 2021. Full details are available on the Lusk Community Cultural Centre Facebook page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The other Community Council strategic project for the town is Lusk Vision 2030. The Lusk Vision 2030 report is currently being finalised by the independent consultants and it is planned that the report will be launched during the last week in August. Details of the launch will be available by mid-August and the September Lusk Local will include a full report.