Three lovely ladies from Lucan

Nostalgia has the incredible power to transport us back in time, evoking cherished memories of days gone by. In the charming village of Lucan, three inseparable friends, Joan McCormack Quinn, Josie Reilly Martin, and, my mother, Patty Dobbs Brady, shared a bond that truly stood the test of time. Today, we’ll journey through their remarkable friendship, captured in a captivating black and white photograph outside the iconic Grove Cinema, now the TSB Bank. Thanks to Mary Mulhall of the Lucan Newsletter and the wonders of technology, we’ll also experience this moment in vibrant colour using tools from

Lucan, a picturesque village in County Dublin, has always been a close-knit community where friendships are forged for a lifetime. Among its residents, three ladies stood out not just for their individual charisma and beauty but also for the unbreakable bond they shared.

Joan McCormack Quinn: Joan was the adventurer of the group, always ready to embark on exciting escapades. Her spirit of exploration led them to countless memorable moments and provided ample material for their shared stories.

Josie Reilly Martin: Josie, was known for her warm and inviting smile, which could brighten even the gloomiest of days. Her passion for community involvement and unwavering support for local causes made her a beloved figure in Lucan.

Patty Dobbs Brady: Patty with her infectious laughter and caring nature, was the glue that held this trio together. She had a knack for bringing joy and laughter into any situation, making her an irreplaceable friend to everyone who knows her.

The Grove Cinema, which you can see behind the ladies, is now the TSB Bank building, was more than just a movie theatre in Lucan; it was a cultural landmark. For these three friends, it was a place where they forged lifelong memories. The cinema was more than just a venue for watching films; it was where they laughed, cried, and shared countless hours of joy. It was also where my Mam, Patty, met my Dad Peter Brady.

The black and white photograph captured outside the cinema encapsulates an era of simplicity and elegance. The women, dressed in fashionable attire of their time, appear as if frozen in a timeless moment, radiating joy, beauty, and camaraderie.

Thanks to the digital age and the ingenious tools available on, Mary Mulhall of the Lucan Newsletter infused life and colour into this treasured black and white photograph. The addition of colour to this snapshot from the past has the power to reignite the emotions and vibrancy of that day.

As we view the colored version, we can imagine the Lucan of yesteryears in all its glory. The vibrant reds, greens, and blues not only enhance the visual appeal but also evoke a sense of nostalgia that transcends time.

Forever Friends in a Timeless Photo, Joan McCormack Quinn, Josie Reilly Martin, and Patty Dobbs Brady, captured in a single photograph outside the Grove Cinema, symbolise the enduring beauty of friendship. Their smiles, their laughter, and their unity are preserved not only in the photograph but also in the hearts of the Lucan community.

This photograph, now imbued with color, serves as a reminder that while times may change, some friendships remain steadfast through the years. The story of these three lovely ladies from Lucan is a testament to the power of friendship and the enduring charm of nostalgia.

As we look at this photograph, we can’t help but be grateful for the technology that allows us to revisit our past and relive our memories. Thanks to Mary Mulhall and, we can cherish this glimpse into Lucan’s history and the timeless friendship of Joan, Josie, and Patty.

Sadly Joan passed away to her reward in 2018, and Josie passed away to her reward in 2019. Mam remembers them every day.