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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: The Problem of Direct Provision

Fintan O’ Toole (Irish Times) recently wrote: “In 1992, the concept of limbo - a place for the souls of infants who died before...

Fr Paddy: Helpful tips to mind our mental health

Recent research shows that levels of mental illness, anxiety, and depression are at an all-time high, especially among younger people. I recently came across...

Fr Paddy: 10 tips of sound advice from the man above

I really like the following guidelines from the boss's desk!! If we can read them slowly and often it may well help us to implement...

Fr Paddy: November – A Time to Remember

Time moves by too quickly, where has this year gone?! This week we begin winter time. November is a time to remember all our loved ones...

Fr Paddy: What will the Amazon Synod do for the Church?

The Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region was controversial long before this Autumn. Self-described orthodox Catholics have worried over its potential impact far from...

Fr Paddy: Saint John Henry Newman, a wonderful saint

This Sunday, October 13 2019 will be canonized on October 13 2019, in Rome. Pope Francis decreed that Newman and four other blesseds will be...
Pope Francis

Fr Paddy: An ‘Extraordinary Mercy’ – ‘I give you the power of the keys’

Pope Francis made a phone call to a leading theologian and priest who was suspended from active ministry in part over his LGBTQ-affirming work,...

Fr Paddy: Know the importance of pressing the pause button

Time moves by too quickly, this week we will begin the month of October. Sometimes it’s good to hit the pause button. The following reflection...

Fr Paddy: Life is the coffee – the jobs, money and position in society...

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in...

Fr Paddy: Transform your difficulties and draw goodness from the negatives

A minister passing through his church in the middle of the day decided to pause by the altar and see who had come to...

Fr Paddy: Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge.

This Tuesday, September 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge. Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of...

Fr Paddy: Will we adapt to climate chaos?

The much anticipated ‘Climate Action Plan’ was recently released by the Irish Government. The Climate Action Plan arrives as a reaction to both electoral and...

Fr Paddy: Christianity and the scapegoat – a mighty challenge

Christianity is the only religion which worships the scapegoat, the one who is hated, excluded, spat upon, blamed for everything, ridiculed, shamed, and made...

Fr Paddy: Life is a continuous process of letting go, in order to begin...

Recently I had a very sad encounter with a young man just as he was being released from prison. I stopped to chat with...

Fr Paddy: The Homelessness Crisis

July 19 marked the third anniversary of the launch of Rebuilding Ireland, the government’s plan to address the housing and homeless crisis. Any honest assessment...

Fr Paddy: The importance of staying positive

Our world screams out for poetry even if it can’t cope with it. Faith can only exist in a world of poetry.  God is...

Fr Paddy: Harvest – A Time of Hope

Recently I was greatly inspired by the kind gesture of a neighbour calling with a bag of fresh vegetables from their garden. There is something...

Fr Paddy: The ‘Elephant Man’ story demonstrates the power of love and acceptance

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 hits out at Taoiseach Leo Varadkar following Dail comments on ‘sinning priests’

At a recent exchange about funding for a by-pass in Cork, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, compared the leader of the opposition to ‘one of...

Fr Paddy: Cardinal John Henry Newman set to be canonized

The Vatican announced recently that Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman will be canonized on October 13th 2019, in Rome. During a consistory of cardinals July...

Fr Paddy: 10 guidelines for a happy and peaceful Summer for all

This week marks the beginning of our summer holidays for all primary school children. Let’s pray that they will all enjoy a happy and...

Fr Paddy: How to come out on top when faced with adversity

A very clever dog! A wealthy man decided to go on a safari in Africa. He took his faithful pet dog along for company. One...

Fr Paddy: Martin Luther King’s letter to White Church Leaders

We can wait no longer - Martin Luther King’s Letter to White Church Leaders. In 1960, Martin Luther King was imprisoned after leading a civil...

Fr Paddy pens words of appreciation after serving in Portlaoise for seven years

Last week we broke the news that popular Portlaoise priest Fr Paddy Byrne is set to leave for a new role as parish priest...

Fr Paddy: Turning Green is being Christian

Recent European and local elections highlighted that our environment and climate change is a fundamental concern among most citizens. Young people lead this awareness in...

Fr Paddy: Increasing our Faith

You don’t just wake up one morning, light streaming in from the window, birds fluttering about, and jump from your bed with exuberance declaring,...

Fr Paddy: A prayer for students

As we move through the month of May thousands of students prepare for exams. Exam-time brings with it many mixed emotions and feelings. Soon it...

Fr Paddy reflects on 18 years of being a priest

Vocation is a way of life. Vocation is how we live our lives as followers of Christ. Vocation is much more than a job or...

Fr Paddy: May – the month of Mary

Mary Queen of the May. May is marked with 'Alleluias' as we celebrate the Resurrection and live into the Easter joy we proclaim. May is also...

Fr Paddy: Divine Mercy – A sacred gift

How can anyone argue against Divine Mercy Sunday? Divine Mercy is hope wrapped up in a loving God, ever ready to embrace us and forgive...

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