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Lucan is a suburban town in South Dublin, Ireland. It is located 13 km 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 County Kildare. It is also connected by road to Clondalkin, Palmerstown and Dublin city centre.HistoryIn the Irish language, 'leamhcán' means 'place of the elm trees'. Another interpretation "Place of the Marshmallows" is mentioned in Francis Elrington Ball's "History of the County Dublin" (1906), marshmallow being the flower and not the confectionery. "The name probably comes from a people that travelled by river, as Lucan is the first place that elm trees are encountered if travelling inland from the Liffey.There is evidence of pre-historic 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.Patrick Sarsfield, the Irish Jacobite leader, was born in Lucan and was granted the title Earl of Lucan by King James II.
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