by Emma Dennis
Lusk the little town that we love so well,We’re so lucky to reside here-happily we dwell.
Lusk is the anglicized version of LUSCA meaning ‘cave’,
St.Maccullin is our saint, his incorruptible body rests eternally in our Round Tower grave.
There’s sunshine galore it rarely rains,
We’re the gourmet hub of market gardening set amidst luscious green country plains.
We’ve our very own vineyard brewing the sweetest tasting Lusk wine,
We’ve the historic church of St.Maccullin where we gather to worship God divine.
We’re of Viking descent-our veins pulsate of courageous Norse blood,
Genetically amalgamated with early Christians who fought at our Round Tower & bravely stood.
We’re fused together down the years by strong ‘Luskian’ family ties,
The matching surnames remain today-they shall never die.
We’re a close knit village all united for the same goal,
Deep delight in our little village seeps through each heart & soul.
We support neighbours & deliver COVID shopping to their door,
Kindness & generosity is engrained within EACH Lusk person’s core.
New settlers have flocked in droves and today alongside us abide,
We embrace them with open arms to Lusk-Welcome to North Dublin’s BRIGHTEST side!
They’ve brought new philosophies & help us as a community to improve,
Thanks for stepping up and volunteering YOUR talents every contribution we gratefully use!
There’s the new parkland ‘hub’ where locals casually walk their dogs,
Everyone greets you with a smile-we’re a working class community of friendly Joe Bloggs!
There’s the local GAA & soccer clubs.
A hive of bustling connectivity-with their very own private pubs!
There’s Lusk AC who RUN THIS TOWN,
And the fighters in the Taekwondo and Judo Kan who never surrender or lie down!
There’s the kickboxing, Tidy Towns & Drama School,
Growing up in Lusk there’s a host of opportunity-you won’t turn out a fool!
There’s horses & carts- a Santa at Christmas who rides the ring road,
There’s Bernard who pridefully cycles a painted Dublin barrel with a navy & blue flagged load!
We’re a bunch of colourful characters who stand out a mile,
Yet, we’ve hearts of gold- nobody beats our unique FINGALLIAN smile!
We’ve Supervalu & McCabe’s our ‘Lusk Centre’ shopping stores,
As well as Costcutters where teenagers ‘hang’ outside the front doors!
We’ve the Top Shop & the Bottom Shop where we drink our beer,
As well as Boyle Sports to give our six to one horse a winning chequed cheer!
We’re an eclectic mix of young & old, Vibrancy & good spirit here in Lusk flows like gold.
We’re the best little town in Dublin by far,and you’ll reach us in 20 mins from the city centre by car!
We’re a genetically modified bunch of assorted faces,
We’re a thriving modern suburb with a blessed addition of so many diverse cultures & races!
There’s the rural residencies & mansions out the commons road,
It’s like Connemara up there with a Dublin post code!
We’ve the Black Raven pipers who puff out Amazing Grace from the bandstand,
There’s the Skinny Batch Cafe-opportunistically into any local there you could land!
There’s the scouts who guide the local kids & take them under their wing,
Each weekend is a trip outdoors hiking in Howth or a spot of orienteering!
We’ve The Square, Community Centre & St. Patricks Day parade,
There’s the Bandstand barbers who give a great number 1 with a slick balding blade!
We’ve the dreaded ‘dog snatchers’ who put on cable ties to mark our bins,
We’ve also got Fr.George who acts as Jesus & wipes away all sins!
We’ve the St. Vincent De Paul who advocate alongside our poor,
Here in Lusk we all look out for each other nobody is ‘très grandeur’.
Lusk the town that I love so well,
I wrote this little poem so that the whole world I can tell!