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Fr Paddy is a curate in the hugely vibrant Portlaoise Parish. From Carlow town, he was educated in Carlow CBS and studied Business and Politics in Trinity College Dublin before training to be a priest in Carlow College. He is the youngest priest in the Kildare & Leighlin diocese and writes for a number of media outlets. He has almost 14,000 followers on Twitter.

Fr Paddy: Harvest … A time to give thanks

Time seems to be flying by. It’s hard to believe that August has arrived so quickly!! I pray that this wonderful Season of hope,...

Fr Paddy: Grandparents – a real blessing

This week, in a special way we are invited to reflect on the role of grandparents. Family is all about ‘connection’, and grandparents are vital...

Fr Paddy: Sadness and anger at the death of Fr Stan Swamy SJ

News of the death in prison of Fr Stan Swamy SJ, an Indian human rights activist, has occasioned great sadness and not a little...

Fr Paddy: Gathering around the table

I was really disappointed for so many children and families who again were prohibited from celebrating baptisms, communions and confirmations. Our churches continue to be...

Fr Paddy: Don’t judge people before you know them

Pope Francis often refers to the “Poison of Gossip”. Passing on bad news is negative and toxic. The more at peace we are within ourselves,...

Fr Paddy: There is light at the end of the tunnel

Even though it’s summer, this has the feel of spring about it. We seem to be like calves released from our winter hibernation, stampeding...

Fr Paddy: How the story of The Elephant Man helps us all to understand...

The movie The Elephant Man tells the true story of John Merrick. Merrick was born in the slums of England in 1862, and almost...

Fr Paddy: Celebrating the 1,500th anniversary of St Colmcille

St. Colmcille (also known as St. Columba) is one of Ireland's patron saints, a distinction he shares with St. Patrick and St. Bridget. He was...

Fr Paddy: What is peace of mind? Seven tips to help you achieve it

Peace of mind is a feeling of being safe or protected - it is the absence of worry. It’s achieving a calm state of mind...

Fr Paddy: A prayer for students during the pandemic

As we move through the month of May thousands of students prepare for exams. Young people have been particularly affected by this pandemic. Third level...

Fr Paddy: Last will and testament

The celebration of the Ascension of our Lord into Heaven is an important feast. It brings with it both promise and hope. These days...

Fr Paddy: Prayer is a sacred conversation

Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern not yourself with what...
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Fr Paddy: Things are getting better – a much brighter tomorrow awaits

Mary Robinson has joined more than 150 former heads of state and Nobel laureates in signing an open letter to US president Joe Biden...

Fr Paddy: Blessed Carlo Acutis – Patron of the Internet

I am greatly inspired by the life of young Cathal Clooney Abbeyleix. His recent death has left an enormous void to his wonderful family. Cathal...

Fr Paddy: ‘Live simply, share generously’ – the impact of Fr Peter McVerry interview...

Tommy Tiernan has inched ahead of Ryan Tubridy in the battle for RTÉ’s weekend viewers after his most recent show clocked up 12,000 more...

Fr Paddy: Easter is a way of life

“He is not here, he is risen”, is the signal message which the women receive as they make their way to anoint the dead...

Fr Paddy: Easter … A time to Hope

It has been a tough year since last Easter, and many people, Christians and others, have found ways of making the best of a...

Fr Paddy: A second Easter in lockdown but still a sacred week

This is our Second Easter, in Lockdown. As restrictions continue, our television rooms have now become the place where we can participate in Mass, say...

Fr Paddy: Forgiveness and healing

A woman, pushing on in years, boasted to her pastor that she did not have an enemy in the world. He was very impressed. What...

Fr Paddy: St Patrick … An icon of hope

Will we ever forget last St Patrick’s day? Lockdown had just began, we faced a very uncertain future. Most of us felt frightened and anxious....

Fr Paddy: We need each other

Carole King’s fabulous song Tapestry begins with these words: ‘My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue, an everlasting vision of...

Fr Paddy: Stir yourself – Spring time is on the way

Brendan Kennelly’s poem Begin launches us into our Spring-time. This past week has seen changes in the weather. The extra light each morning and evening...
Pope Francis

Fr Paddy: Renewing Faith, Hope and Love – Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2021

In his message for Lent 2021, Pope Francis focuses on the three theological virtues inviting us to “renew our faith, draw from the living...

Fr Paddy: Lent – A time for true prayer

Lent in lockdown is perhaps enough penance for any of us!! Living through a pandemic brings huge challenges, not just physically but also emotionally and...

Fr Paddy: Be Not Afraid…

Fear and anxiety about a possible future event or circumstance is often a greater suffering than the suffering we endure when (and if) the...

Fr Paddy: The Hill We Climb

Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in US history, has become an international voice of hope. She is a hugely inspirational woman. Her voice is...

Fr Paddy: It’s nearly Spring … A Time of Hope

As the evenings lengthen and new signs of life appear in our gardens, we welcome a new spring. The following ancient story tells how the...

Fr Paddy: Outrageous reference to God … far from funny

The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland recently expressed shock, over what he says is a “blasphemous” satirical clip broadcast on RTE’s New...

Fr Paddy: Light brighter than any Darkness

2020 has been a tough year. For months on end we have been listening out for the figures: how many new cases today? How...

Fr Paddy: Light at the end of the tunnel

Saint Matthew, tells us that the Lord had said through the prophet that the virgin will be with child and they will call him...