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Talking Point: Should Laois GAA move club championship games out of O’Moore Park?

Every Monday for the remainder of the Laois GAA championships, we’re introducing a new GAA column, Talking Point, where we look at the arguments for and...

23 very helpful tips to help make you a happy camper

August is peak camping. The full house signs are up all across the country’s most popular campsites. The summer holidays are in full flow. Families...

Fr Paddy: Life is a continuous process of letting go, in order to begin...

Recently I had a very sad encounter with a young man just as he was being released from prison. I stopped to chat with...
The results of the Junior Cert will be out today

Opinion: The results aren’t everything – but the Leaving Cert isn’t a meaningless piece...

This week a lot of kids around the country received their Leaving Cert results. For many, this is a significant milestone in their lives and...

Talking Point: Should Laois GAA look at introducing divisional teams into the club championships?

Every Monday for the remainder of the Laois GAA championships, we're introducing a new GAA column, Talking Point, where we look at the arguments...

Fr Paddy: The Homelessness Crisis

July 19 marked the third anniversary of the launch of Rebuilding Ireland, the government’s plan to address the housing and homeless crisis. Any honest assessment...

Fr Paddy: The importance of staying 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...

Fr Paddy: Harvest – A Time of Hope

Recently I was greatly inspired by the kind gesture of a neighbour calling with a bag of fresh vegetables from their garden. There is something...

Fr Paddy: The ‘Elephant Man’ story demonstrates the power of love and acceptance

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

Peavoy Financial Planning: Peace of mind for the family

At Peavoy Financial Planning we play a key role in enabling people plan for and manage the risks of everyday life. We regularly see the traumatic impact...

Fr Paddy hits out at Taoiseach Leo Varadkar following Dail comments on ‘sinning priests’

At a recent exchange about funding for a by-pass in Cork, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, compared the leader of the opposition to ‘one of...

Fr Paddy: Cardinal John Henry Newman set to be canonized

The Vatican announced recently that Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman will be canonized on October 13th 2019, in Rome. During a consistory of cardinals July...

Fr Paddy: 10 guidelines for a happy and peaceful Summer for all

This week marks the beginning of our summer holidays for all primary school children. Let’s pray that they will all enjoy a happy and...

Fr Paddy: How to come out on top when faced with adversity

A very clever dog! A wealthy man decided to go on a safari in Africa. He took his faithful pet dog along for company. One...

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

We can wait no longer - Martin Luther King’s Letter to White Church Leaders. In 1960, Martin Luther King was imprisoned after leading a civil...

One year on from GDPR – where do we stand now?

There was a sense of urgency around the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) this time last year; almost reminiscent of the Y2K bug preparation. There...

Fr Paddy: Turning Green is being Christian

Recent European and local elections highlighted that our environment and climate change is a fundamental concern among most citizens. Young people lead this awareness in...

Fr Paddy: Increasing 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,...

Living with an invisible illness: ‘I feel I have robbed my husband’

Louise Boyle is a Dublin native, putting down roots in Portlaoise with her family almost 20 years ago.  As a person with disabilities, and...

Fr Paddy: A prayer for students

As we move through the month of May thousands of students prepare for exams. Exam-time brings with it many mixed emotions and feelings. Soon it...

Fr Paddy reflects on 18 years of being a priest

Vocation is a way of life. Vocation is how we live our lives as followers of Christ. Vocation is much more than a job or...

Fr Paddy: May – the month of Mary

Mary Queen of the May. May is marked with 'Alleluias' as we celebrate the Resurrection and live into the Easter joy we proclaim. May is also...

Weekend Read: A campervan conversion is not just for Easter

Easter traditionally marks the start of the new camping season. The evenings are longer, the weather is improving and the campsites which had been in...

Fr Paddy: Divine Mercy – A sacred gift

How can anyone argue against Divine Mercy Sunday? Divine Mercy is hope wrapped up in a loving God, ever ready to embrace us and forgive...

Fr Paddy: Easter – A time to hope

“He is not here, he is risen”, is the signal message which the women receive as they make their way to anoint this dead...

Fr Paddy: 13 steps to ensure you have brighter days

Take just a few minutes and apply one of the tips below and see how it brightens your day. 1. One minute of appreciation Take a...

Peavoy Financial Planning: Company profits to personal wealth

The transfer of excess profits in your business to an executive pension arrangement is perhaps the most tax efficient way to move company profits into personal...

Fr Paddy: Parable of the Prodigal Son challenges us all

The story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15: 1–3, 11–32) has an extraordinary amount of wisdom and good advice packed into it. Indeed, the more...

Fr Paddy: A mother’s love – A blessing

Sure I love the dear silver that shines in your hair. Does anyone recognise that song? An old, old Irish favourite, Mother Machree. I remember...

John Whelan: Don’t mind what they say, of course there’s an alternative Government

Remember 7 Days? Ok, Today Tonight then? Today Tonight Election Specials with Basil Chubb, Brian Farrell and John Bowman. Now there’s an A-Team of number...
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