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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: November, a time to remember

2020, has been some roller-coaster, that will be remembered for generations to come, as the year of the pandemic. As we begin weeks of greater...

Fr Paddy: All will be well …

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...
Pope Francis

Fr Paddy: Pope Francis warns of ‘extremist, resentful and aggressive nationalism’

On the anniversary of St Francis of Assisi’s death, Pope Francis celebrates Mass before the Saint’s tomb and signed his Encyclical “Fratelli tutti”. Pope Francis,...

Fr Paddy: St Francis – an iconic Saint

Upon his election in March 2013, Pope Francis said: 'Some people want to know why I wished to be called Francis. For me, Francis...

Fr Paddy: Five ways to build faith in challenging times

Whether you’re struggling with the fear and isolation of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic or you’re just having one of those weeks where nothing...

Fr Paddy: The life story of Matt Talbot

Matt Talbot was born May 1856 in Dublin Ireland. He was one of twelve children, six of whom lived to adulthood. His father was a...

Fr Paddy: The plague of gossip

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: Students are more than just points

I have a recurring dream, it centres itself around my leaving cert. I find myself sitting my history exam and not having a clue of...

Fr Paddy: Lord increase 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: Jack Charlton … ”Put ’em under pressure”

Jack Charlton’s recent death left many deeply saddened. An iconic personality, that won the hearts of the Irish people. He made people believe in themselves....

Fr Paddy: Direct Provision – A failed system

This pandemic is far from over, whilst hopefully it remains contained, on our Island. Here in Laois we face the second week of restrictions, which...

Fr Paddy: John Hume – An Instrument of Peace

John Hume put his devotion to what was right above what was best for himself, his life’s work was given its ultimate return in...

Fr Paddy – Mind your mind and don’t judge others

I was moved by Brendan O Connor’s interview with Brent Pope recently. Brent spoke of his reflective-time during the lockdown. He thought of his mother...

Fr Paddy: 19 ways to stay 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 always...

Fr Paddy: Ode to a mouse or a spider

Robbie Burns writes well on the little things. When he was ploughing, he disturbed the home of a mouse. He apologised in a poem....

Fr Paddy: Suicide – a pandemic that continues to devastate

During the past ten days, five lives have been lost to suicide in Laois. Wonderful lives, abruptly ended, leaving behind families overwhelmed with grief...

Fr Paddy: Time to end Direct Provision

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Ireland have launched a new study, Protection with Dignity: Roadmap to System Change, which identifies necessary steps for system change...

Fr Paddy: Returning to mass sensibly and safely

The global pandemic has had a shattering effect on humanity. This deadly virus, has made no exceptions, its ugly presence has wounded Princes, Prime Ministers,...

Fr Paddy: 19 ways to Stay 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 always...

Fr Paddy: Spirit of God, loving and free

These days all of us are confronted with situations which seem confusing and contradictory and we wonder where we are going and what the...

Fr Paddy: Ascension a time to Hope

This Sunday we celebrate together the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, celebrating the moment when forty days after His Resurrection, our Lord...

Fr Paddy: Holding on to faith, hope and love in these tough times

Living through this pandemic, coping with isolation whilst managing our mental health is undoubtedly a challenge. It is completely normal to be feeling overwhelmed and...

Fr Paddy: A time for healing

How can we use this time wisely? Perhaps the best use of time right now is, as Jesus said, to love one another. In times...

Fr Paddy: No Social distancing from Christ

Who says that Christ is not Risen this year? When in fact he is dressed in a blue gown in green and white in our...

Fr Paddy: An Easter that’s very different

On Ash Wednesday we were reminded of our frailty, when we received ash on our foreheads. And we were advised by Jesus in the Gospel...

Fr Paddy: Lockdown

Yes there is fear. Yes there is isolation. Yes there is panic buying. Yes there is sickness. Yes there is even death. But, They say that in Wuhan after so...

Fr Paddy: This will call for great resilience of mind and heart

My friends, while the name of the virus we are struggling to control is known as COVID 19 – the entire experience that we...

Fr Paddy: Spiritual Nuggets of Hope in difficult times

This is a particularly tough time in human history where the new coronavirus has many people worried, unsure as to how to act and...

Fr Paddy: Blessed Carlo Acutis … Patron of the Internet

I am greatly taken by the life story of Carlo Acutis, a young, talented and deeply spiritual teenager whose life story is a real...

Fr Paddy: Lent … A time to pause and maybe a time to lighten...

Last Wednesday we began Lent, the season of reflection that leads us towards the three days of the Triduum, with Easter Sunday falling on...