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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: Outrageous reference to God … far from funny

The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland recently expressed shock, over what he says is a “blasphemous” satirical clip broadcast on RTE’s New...

Fr Paddy: Light brighter than any Darkness

2020 has been a tough year. For months on end we have been listening out for the figures: how many new cases today? How...

Fr Paddy: Light at the end of the tunnel

Saint Matthew, tells us that the Lord had said through the prophet that the virgin will be with child and they will call him...

Fr Paddy: The Gift of Generosity this Christmas

Christmas 2020 comes after a most challenging year, a year we will never forget. We see light at the end of the tunnel, but...

Fr Paddy: The life of faith also teaches us how to wait

There are many ways to wait. We know many people today who are waiting for the arrival of a better world. There are those...

Fr Paddy – Advent, a time to hope

Current restrictions are about to lift. Whilst we continue to live in this time of pandemic, I’m really looking forward to the resumption of...

Fr Paddy: Joe Biden … A man of faith

He carries a rosary in his pocket, one that belonged to his dead son, Beau. On Election Day, he went to Mass, as he...

Fr Paddy: The Giver is bigger than the Receiver

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

Fr Paddy: When Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

November is a time to remember and pray for family members, colleagues, neighbours and friends who have died since this time last year. Those who...

Fr Paddy: The 10 Spiritual Tips for Winter Lockdown 2020

1. Life is messy (Covid especially: world-wide mess, winter weather, weariness) The lived experience of life is what makes us who we are. If we...

Fr Paddy: November, a time to remember

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

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...