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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.
Clonmacnoise

Fr Paddy: Synodality … Listening and Learning

Recently, the chiming of a bell at the ancient monastic site of Clonmacnoise, was significant. Laity, religious, priests and bishops, all participated at a daylong...

Fr Paddy: God’s Coffee

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...
Father Paddy 18 things to remember for summer

Fr Paddy: 18 Things to remember during our summer rest

The month of June, is a wonderful time of year. Long bright days that awaken within us all a sense of peace and calm. Traditionally...
Leaving Cert Exams

Fr Paddy: No state exam, can ever measure how valued and loved these young...

As we have begun the month of June, I pray sincerely that this bright month, will be a time of rich blessing, health of...
The Past

Fr Paddy: Anything that you have to control, controls you

Anything that you have to control, controls you. There are many variations to this story, but it’s quite instructive. In South America, Africa and Asia,...
Saint Charles de Foucauld

Fr Paddy: Saint Charles de Foucauld – an inspirational Christian

The following is a biography of the wonderful life, of an inspirational Christian, recently canonised by Pope Francis. For all of us it is...
The giver is bigger than the receiver

Fr Paddy: Without counting the cost …

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

Fr Paddy: Let go … Let God

It’s good to think of prayer, not just as saying prayers, or speaking to God, but as listening to God. Not just as words but...
Fr Paddy

Fr Paddy: Meandering our way through unprecedented times

Security is an important reality we all desire, even though most of us spend most of our lives doing just that. We long for...
Emo Court

Fr Paddy: A message of Hope following a walk in Emo Court

As we move closer to the Month of May, it brings a sense of hope and fresh opportunity. A recent walk in Emo Court, reminded...
Easter

Fr Paddy: Easter – A time to hope

Easter is a time of hope and new life, an opportunity to begin again in a new way. The Angel said to the wounded followers...
Family Meal new

Fr Paddy: Make time to share a meal this Easter

This is Holy Week, a sacred time when through ritual and symbolism we remember and give thanks for the great sacrifice Jesus made for...
Priest

Fr Paddy: The danger of keeping silent

The number of priests and members of religious orders in Ireland has dropped by 70% since 1970. In the past three years more than...
Ukraine

Fr Paddy: The Strangest Dream

Tanks in the city streets of Ukraine. Blocks of flats on fire. Wrecked and burnt-out trucks, twisted metal and shattered windows. Small groups of cold...
Fr Paddy

Fr Paddy: The Little Flower … a powerful Saint

St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897) was a French Catholic who became a Carmelite nun at an early age. She died in obscurity at the age...
St Patrick Fr Paddy

Fr Paddy: St Patrick – icon of solidarity

After two long years of lockdowns and living with the reality of pandemic, it is with a great sense of joy that we can...
Martin Luther King

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

In 1960, Martin Luther King was imprisoned after leading a civil rights march. His dream seemed a long way off. Criticised by white church leaders,...
Lent

Fr Paddy: Make the most of Lent

Saint Basil, known as the Great, was a fourth-century bishop of the Eastern Church who was known for his care for the poor. He was...
Starfish

Fr Paddy: ‘No one can do everything, but everyone can do something’

In the Bible, the Virgin Mary was named Sella Maris, which means star of the sea. The Virgin Mary is a symbol of guidance and...
Fr Paddy Slowing Down

Fr Paddy: The importance of slowing down

Most of us live rushed lives, dashing from one thing to another. One consequence is that we live on the surface of life, skimming...
Fr Paddy

Fr Paddy: Stay positive because life is the best educator

February is such a beautiful month. The brighter evenings and earlier mornings, awakens within us, a new energy. Winter has passed and thankfully the darkness...
Spring

Fr Paddy: A springtime of hope

There was a great sense of relief and unburdening, when An Taoiseach Micheal Martin, announced the ending of most of the restrictions, regarding COVID-19. We...
Ashling Murphy

Fr Paddy: Remembering Ashling Murphy

The recent tragic death of Ashling Murphy, has left a deep sense of vulnerability and pain, in the heart and soul of our nation. Ashling’s,...
Fr Paddy

Fr Paddy: Five spiritual tips for new year 2022

The best resolutions are elastic, they cannot be broken with a single act. If you swear never to touch red meat, one burger ruins the...
Fr Paddy

Fr Paddy: Happy New Year

A new year is here! This means new beginnings, new journeys, and new resolutions. The New Year is often seen as an opportunity to improve...

Fr Paddy: Let the light shine

At this time, every year, we hear these words from Scripture: ‘The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light’. Familiar words indeed,...
O Holy Night

Fr Paddy: ‘O Holy Night’ continues to inspire hope and comfort

The gun should never have been left lying around in the first place. Making the carelessness even worse was that it was loaded. With two...
Fr Paddy

Fr Paddy: The Little Drummer Boy

Generosity is a wonderful gift. To have a big heart is a blessing that is to be open and compassionate in love to the...

Fr Paddy: Advent – A counter cultural season

Christmas seems to arrive now by the start of November and ends on Christmas day. In a secular culture the season of Advent, a time...
Jesus Christ

Fr Paddy: Celebrating the Feast of Christ the King

This week, we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, we are called to work with this King. And this King is the one who...