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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.
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: 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: 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...
Climate Change

Fr Paddy: Climate change and COP26

The two young ladies were noisy. Vinisha Umashankar and Greta Thunberg. Vinisha said: “We’ll build the future, even if you are stuck in the past....

Fr Paddy: How prayer can help overcome phobias

Many situations in this pandemic world present themselves as almost impossible: coping with stress, keeping going under pressure, addressing tough health issues, coping with...

Fr Paddy: November – A time to remember

Halloween did not come from Hollywood but rather its origins are strongly connected to ancient Celtic roots. In Celtic Ireland, about two millennia ago, Samhain...
Pope Francis

Fr Paddy: In the name of God

Pope Francis, in a keynote address to the popular movements, a group that includes activists working on a wide variety of justice causes, called...

Fr Paddy: Nine principles for building solid foundations

One key biblical image is that of building solid foundations, making a dramatic distinction between building on rock as opposed to on sand (Matthew...
Fr Paddy

Fr Paddy: Leave the phone at home

“God brings forth His Son in thee, whether thou likest it or not, whether thou sleepest or wakest; God worketh His own will. That...

Fr Paddy: Celebrating the feast of St Francis

This week we celebrate the Feast of St Francis. St Francis is among the most beloved and most familiar of all the saints of...

Fr Paddy: Wisdom on life

George Carlin at age 102, offered the following wisdom that is deeply relevant for us all. If you don’t read this to the very end,...

Fr Paddy: Harvest thanksgiving .. A time for justice

Perhaps this harvest time is an opportunity for us all, to acknowledge the fruits that we all have in the depth of our being. Fruits...
Gary O'Reilly and Nicole Turner

Fr Paddy: Don’t quit…

There was once a bunch of tiny frogs, who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high...
Climate Change

Fr Paddy: Climate Crisis all our concern

‘May you live in interesting times’, it’s said, is a translation of a traditional Chinese curse. Sometimes, like the present, we discover we could...

Fr Paddy: Take a deep breath

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: Ten tips for keeping balance and Minding 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 these...

Fr Paddy: Olympic Inspiration

Wilma Rudolph is the absolute proof that nothing is impossible. Born prematurely, in a family of 21 children, with little to no resources to sustain...

Fr Paddy: The giver is bigger than the receiver

I love this story from Katharine Hepburn’s childhood; it is beautiful, in her own words... “Once when I was a teenager, my father and I...

Fr Paddy: Harvest … A time to give thanks

Time seems to be flying by. It’s hard to believe that August has arrived so quickly!! I pray that this wonderful Season of hope,...

Fr Paddy: Grandparents – a real blessing

This week, in a special way we are invited to reflect on the role of grandparents. Family is all about ‘connection’, and grandparents are vital...

Fr Paddy: Sadness and anger at the death of Fr Stan Swamy SJ

News of the death in prison of Fr Stan Swamy SJ, an Indian human rights activist, has occasioned great sadness and not a little...

Fr Paddy: Gathering around the table

I was really disappointed for so many children and families who again were prohibited from celebrating baptisms, communions and confirmations. Our churches continue to be...

Fr Paddy: Don’t judge people before you know them

Pope Francis often refers to the “Poison of Gossip”. Passing on bad news is negative and toxic. The more at peace we are within ourselves,...

Fr Paddy: There is light at the end of the tunnel

Even though it’s summer, this has the feel of spring about it. We seem to be like calves released from our winter hibernation, stampeding...

Fr Paddy: How the story of The Elephant Man helps us all to understand...

The movie The Elephant Man tells the true story of John Merrick. Merrick was born in the slums of England in 1862, and almost...