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Fr Paddy: Martin McGuinness – an IRA leader turned peacemaker

Tributes have been pouring in from across the political divide since Martin McGuinness’ death was announced on March 21st. Indeed a significant date...The spring...
John Whelan says that Enda Kenny gave Donald Trump a right kicking on immigration on St Patrick's Day

Wired with Whelan: Stop bitching about Paddy’s Day – the world is green…with envy

St Patrick was a gentleman he came from dacent people He built a church in Dublin Town and on in put a steeple His father was...
Raised Bed Percolation Area we recently completed in Ballinakill

Dan Keane: This is the worst time of year to be doing your Percolation...

Now that spring has sprung and everyone is thinking of building, many people turn their eyes to the Percolation Testing process.  Water tables are...
The glitz and glam were on display in Castletown on Thursday night

Castletown celebrate their Senior A hurling title success

Castletown GAA club held their GAA dinner dance on Thursday night where members of their victorious Senior A hurling team were honoured for their...
The Laois hurlers are experiencing a really tough time at the moment

Jack Nolan: Hard not to feel sorry for hurlers after latest drubbing

While I was critical of some Laois hurlers after the first-round league defeat by Kerry and praised them after the second-round defeat of Offaly...
And they're off ...

Mark Doheny: A bluffer’s guide to getting through Cheltenham week

Ah, Cheltenham. What a brilliant time of year. It can also be a stressful time of year - everyone - and I mean everyone...
In her column this week, Alison Dunne gets a tour of Castle Durrow which is a trip down memory lane

Alison Dunne: My tour of Castle Durrow is a trip down memory lane

Castle Durrow has been completely restored and decorated by Peter and Shelley Stokes, carefully preserving its heritage and original character. Peter and Shelley have been...
Fr Paddy's latest column is in response to the Tuam babies scandal

Fr Paddy: The Tuam babies scandal – anger, pain and disgust

The finding of babies mortal remains in a former mother and baby residential home in Tuam, has awakened much anger, pain and disgust. The plight...
A young looking John Whelan with some of the Rainbow People in the Slieve Bloom mountains in 1993

Wired with Whelan: More like 40 shades of grey than 40 shades of green

I close my eyes and picture the emerald of the sea From the fishing boats at Dingle to the shores of Dunardee I miss the river...
Jumpsuits are huge this season and are very easy to wear.

Two Broke Divas: It’s almost communion season – we have your style sorted

With communion and confirmation season almost upon us, we’ve picked some of our favourite high-street dresses that won’t be too hard on the bank -...
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Fit with Brid: Some big goals as we get up and running again

Back in my pre-baby days I was really getting into my stride with the whole long-distance-running-thing and in the summer before I got pregnant...
If you avoid shopping in Penneys, then you could be guilty of having Notions

Mark Doheny: 10 things that show you have NOTIONS

Nobody likes people with notions. So to help you avoid becoming unpopular we've compiled a handy list. Avoid doing these things and people won't...

Noel Garvan: The three changes I’d introduce to improve Gaelic football

One of the easiest things I could do as a GAA person is be negative about Gaelic football. It’s become the norm over the past...
Brendan Quigley's return from injury will be a big boost to the Laois footballers

Jack Nolan: Trying times for Laois players, management and supporters

Another whopping defeat for an unfortunate Laois hurling side and a late loss for a 14-man football team yesterday made for a sad weekend...

Dan Keane: When building your house, your friends won’t work for nothing

Following on from my last column, today we will look at budgets to allow an appropriate design for your build. After your Pre-Planning meetings with...
Pope Francis

Fr Paddy: What we can learn from Pope Francis’s simple lessons

Pope Francis continues to inspire so many by his simple and yet profound catechetical teaching. He speaks with authority by virtue to his radical witness...

Wired with Whelan: There is no such thing as free travel …

Are ye right there, Michael? Are ye right? Do you think that you can get the fire to light? (Percy French – 1902) There is...

Stephen Dowling: Look after those heifers – they’re the future of your enterprise

Our Farm This week saw the last of the ploughing finished. Cows and calves are healthy, while mild weather has created good conditions for grass...

Kelly Lou: My top 12 tips for baking better cakes

Baking can be a case of trial and error. I've had many a baking disaster in my time. With practice you will get better...

It’s that time of year! Check out our delicious pancake recipe

Today is Pancake Tuesday – the last day before lent when we can all binge on pancakes without the feeling of guilt hanging over us. For...