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Fr Paddy

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Fr Paddy is the parish priest of Abbeyleix. 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 writes for a number of media outlets. He has almost 31,000 followers on Twitter.

Fr Paddy: Lent a Time to Grow

We live in an instant culture. Perhaps the greatest challenge of our time is to acquire the gift of patience. We don't do waiting very...

Fr Paddy – Blessings on all who care for the sick

February 11, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and also World day of Prayer for the sick. Behind many hall-doors in our Parish and...

Fr Paddy: Giving our brains a rest from time to time can bring us...

The person who has probably done most in the Christian world to promote the idea of concentrating on our breathing as a form of...

Fr Paddy – Anniversary of St Brigid’s Day

This week we reach the midpoint of winter, marked by the cross-quarter day of Imbolc. Traditionally, Imbolc begins at sundown on February 1 and continues...

Fr Paddy – The Last Priests of Ireland

Ardal O’Hanlon, played one of the most famous fictional priests of all time as Father Ted’s lovably dim Dougal McGuire. He was hilarious, but there...

Fr Paddy – Reflect on the past, focus on the future

As we continue to make early footprints into 2024, already we see signs of brighter evenings and earlier mornings. The small stretch, offers hope, early...

Fr Paddy – Happy New Year 2024

I pray that 2024, will be a blessed and healthy one for us all. Every New Year brings with its expectation, uncertainty, hope and a...

Fr Paddy – Christmas is all about gratitude

I recently heard a funny little story of a mother who complained one day to her own mother that it was getting harder and...

Fr Paddy – Visiting the crib

I love visiting the cribs in various churches this time of year. Many of you, have by now placed your crib, in a sacred...
Ireland's Lonely

Fr Paddy: Ireland’s lonely

An Irish pub's Christmas video of a lonely, old man has left people in tears. Viewers were "bawling” after watching the heart-wrenching video for Charlie's...

Fr Paddy – Waiting for the Christ-Child

Christmas seems to come earlier every year. Already we are well accustomed to Christmas songs, selection boxes have been on sale in our supermarkets...

Fr Paddy: ‘Grant me the serenity to accept the people and situations I cannot...

It’s so easy to feel resentful that others are not as we would want them to be. We want them to change but can...

Fr Paddy – The Gift of Kindness

There is story in the Gospel about a leper coming to Jesus on his knees and pleading with him, saying, ‘If you want to,...
Spring

Fr Paddy: Winter darkness can weigh heavily on our mood and energy

It's hard to believe that this time, three years ago, we were in the heart of a national lockdown. The second lockdown was harder than...

Fr Paddy: Remembering loved ones gone before us

This week we begin the new month of November. Traditionally this is the time of year, in the Christian liturgical calendar, when we remember...

Fr Paddy – Round Tables

The universal Synod continues throughout this month of October in Rome. I find it refreshing, following the proceedings, with images of women and men actively...
Fr Paddy in Asia

Fr Paddy: Reflections from Asia

Recently, I enjoyed the enormous privilege, visiting Asia, for the first time. It was a wonderful and unique experience, to engage in a very...

Fr Paddy – St Francis … an iconic saint

Throughout this month of October, a universal Synod of the church, takes place in Rome. This is a historic moment, where discernment, reflection and pragmatic...

Fr Paddy – Story of a Soul

This year seems to be flying by. It's hard to believe that we are now beginning the month of October. I pray, this new month...

Fr Paddy – Keep life simple

Once upon a time there was a businessman who was sitting on the beach in a small Italian village. As he sat, taking a brief...

Fr Paddy: The season of creation

Recent Harvest Thanksgiving Masses, in our local churches, have been a source of deep inspiration. The colour, fragrance, coupled with creativity and gratitude, offered hope...
Pope Francis Mongolia

Fr Paddy – Never Give Up

This month of September, has begun with bright, warm sunshine. We all respond positively to light and warmth, its energy helps us to grow...

Fr Paddy – September, a time to harvest

Imagine that you had to employ a gardener. You ask around among your friends and neighbours, and eventually you hear of two gardeners who...
Foundations

Fr Paddy: The importance of building solid foundations

This was a major week, for over 60,000 students who received their Leaving Certificate results. Sincere best wishes to all students, who soon begin...
Peace of Mind

Fr Paddy – Be kind to your mind

I remember being very moved by Brendan O'Connor’s interview with Brent Pope some time ago. Brent spoke of his reflective time during the lockdown. He...

Fr Paddy – Room in the church for everyone

At 86, Pope Francis, is the oldest Pontiff in over 120 years. Last June, he underwent serious surgery and has made a remarkable recovery. His words...

Fr Paddy – When will the Sun come out to shine?

As I write this article, I look out and wonder when the sun will come out. July has been the wettest month ever recorded on...

Fr Paddy – The Month of August

This week we begin the month of August, traditionally the harvest season. Weather has been a huge focus on conversation and contemplation in recent...

Fr Paddy – The Cost of ‘Stars’

Every institution needs to be accountable, transparent and discerning. We have lived through the consequences of poor governance and its drastic consequences from church to...
Silence

Fr Paddy – Sitting in Silence

From the crowded city streets to the busy town hall square, from the local village community to the crofter’s moorland cottage we find human...