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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: First Communion – Sacrament or Pantomime?

Current debate and reflection regarding school patronage is both necessary and relevant. Recent Census statistics however regarding the vast majority of citizens subscribing to...

Fr Paddy: Identify your doubt, find your mantra, take action

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: Over the coming weeks pray for young people …

I recently came across this inspirational story….. A shop owner placed a sign above his door that said: “Puppies For Sale.” Signs like this always have...

Fr Paddy: Bishop Curry’s royal wedding sermon emphasised the power of love

The Most Rev. Michael Curry, born in Chicago, was selected by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, to present the sermon at their Saturday wedding...

Fr Paddy: Angels are gifts from God

Angel of God, my Guardian Dear, To whom God’s love, commits me here, Ever this night, be at my side, To light and guard, to rule and...

Fr Paddy: Growing Older a Sacred Gift

Growing older brings its challenges ...... But this can be a time to relish and value...the following story I find inspirational... An 87 Year Old...

Fr Paddy: Alfie Evans ‘A Sacred Life’

The world is mourning for Alfie Evans, a British two-year-old who this weekend passed away at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Alfie had an extremely...
Pope Francis

Fr Paddy: ‘See the light of Goodness in all people’

The month of May, brings with it great beauty and certainly uplifts our spirits. As we begin this new month, take time to enjoy...

Fr Paddy: A time to vote No …

The forthcoming referendum on May 25th is fast approaching. A referendum, that calls us to reflect upon issues, that are often deeply sensitive, personal...

Fr Paddy: Remove ‘any fear of holiness’

Gaudete et Exultate The third apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis’ pontificate, published recently is a call to holiness—simple and accessible, without being watered down or...
Pope Francis

Fr Paddy: ‘We all respond to warmth and welcome’

We are at our best when we feel at home and at ease. This is the great Gift of the Risen Lord, just as...

Fr Paddy: Easter – ‘All is possible’

Easter 2018 brings with it a time of hope and new beginnings. Signs of continued economic recovery, growing employment bring with it a recovery...

Fr Paddy: A Time To Hope

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day, a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as...

Fr Paddy: Holy Week – a new day dawns

Next Sunday, March 25th, Palm Sunday, we begin Holy Week. Seven days, filled with Religious Symbolism and Rituals, from Washing Feet to Venerating the...

Fr Paddy: Lent – a time to pause

The cycle of liturgical seasons continues and now we find ourselves a over half way through Lent this year, days of reflection and remaking,...

Fr Paddy: Lent – a time to let go

As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a...

Fr Paddy: World Meeting of Families….

We can choose our friends but not our family. Truth is most families can be akin to the "Simpsons rather than the Waltons". Family is...

Fr Paddy: What lent is all about …

Lent brings with it a time of cutting back, which includes fasting and alms-giving. Lent in the Northern Hemisphere coincides with the Season of...

Fr Paddy: Ash Wednesday is for lovers

ASH Wednesday February 14th St. Valentine's Day, marks the beginning of Lent. Nothing says love like ashes!!!!!!!!!  Traditionally, Lent brings with it a time...

Fr Paddy: Smile frequently …

During his address to the Roman Curia on the occasion of the presentation of Christmas greetings, Pope Francis affirmed, “A bit of good humor...

Fr Paddy: Spring … a time to begin again

If you have not yet done so find time in the next few days to look for the signs of spring in a garden...

Fr Paddy: Dolores O’Riordan – Iconic musical genius

Catholic musician Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer-songwriter of famed Irish band, The Cranberries, died unexpectedly at the age of 46, while in London for a...
Pope Francis

Fr Paddy: ‘New rights’ that clash with traditional morality

At the start of a new year, the Pope dedicated his speech to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which will celebrate the 70th...

Fr Paddy: A Christmas Blessing

Joseph went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem… He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged...

Fr Paddy: Defending the Eighth Amendment

Christmas is upon us. Soon we celebrate the birth of a vulnerable baby, born into a fragile family. A family who said "Yes" to life. Mary...

Fr Paddy: The Greatest story ever told……

About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was the governor...

Fr Paddy: Homelessness is never normal

Another Homeless man living in a tent died in Ranelagh, this week. Citizens deprived of shelter and heat grow daily. On these desperately cold winter...

Fr Paddy: Advent – A season of preparation for the coming of Christ

My recent book "All Will Be Well" is a personal reflection about my own life told through the lens of faith and hopefulness. I'm delighted...

Fr Paddy: Potatoes, Eggs, and Coffee Beans – which one are you?

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going...
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Fr Paddy: Portlaoise Midlands Hospital … An essential service

A recent public meeting regarding maintaining essential and lifesaving services, in Portlaiose General Hospital, was extremely well attended. There was universal consensus, that Portlaoise Midlands...

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