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Fr Paddy: God embraces vulnerability

Thoughts and continued prayers for all students currently sitting state exams. I find it interesting, regarding people's recurrent dreams, top of the list are exams....

Fr Paddy: Church’s first Millennium Saint

Carlo Acutis was born May 3, 1991, in London, where his father was working. Just a few months later, he moved with his parents, Andrea...

Fr Paddy: Summer – a time to enjoy

Time seems to be flying by. The academic year has almost come to conclusion in secondary schools and for third level students, a long...
Leaving Cert Exams

Fr Paddy: 2024 Exam Time

In the last years of his life, the great cellist and conductor Pablo Casals suffered greatly from rheumatoid arthritis and emphysema. At 90, he was...

Fr Paddy – Darkness into Light

The recent walk celebrating 'Darkness into light' has an important message in all our lives. Whilst Darkness into Light raises significant funding towards those seeking...

Fr Paddy: Mary – Queen of May

The month of May, traditionally is associated with devotion to Mary mother of Jesus. Mary holds such an important role, not just in the life...

Fr Paddy – Amazing Grace and a new prayer

After a long period of grey clouds and heavy rainfall, it was such a joy to welcome blue sky and sunshine. I hope that farmers...

Fr Paddy – Finding God

We have become accustomed to bad news. Images on our screens of immense burden placed on vulnerable people. The horrendous conflict in the middle-East. Recent flooding in...

Fr Paddy – Seeing Jesus in others

It is hard to go through a day without feeling negative towards someone who crosses our path. It could be a flippant remark passed in...

Fr Paddy: Time to think – the wisdom of 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,...
Easter

Fr Paddy: Easter – A time to celebrate

“’Did you not know what the Holy one can do with dust?’ It’s a line from a poem for Ash Wednesday by Jan Richardson. In...

Fr Paddy: Easter – A Time of Grace

Easter 2024 has arrived very early. This is one of the earliest dates possible for Easter. The great St Laserian established a particular way of...

Fr Paddy – St Patrick inspires faith

Saint Patrick's feast day is now a global event. The Irish diaspora, have contributed significantly to the four corners of the world. In this regard,...

Fr Paddy – A Prayer in Gratitude for Our Mother

As I write this article, citizens across this Republic, are voting regarding the proposed amendments to our constitution. One such article, is about removing the...

Fr Paddy: Authentic faith

What we can see we can achieve. What we can see in the depth of our heart and soul we can materialise in our...
Martin Luther King

Fr Paddy: Martin Luther King’s letter to white Church leaders

In 1960, Martin Luther King was imprisoned after leading a civil rights march. His dream seemed a long way off. Criticised by white church leaders,...

Fr Paddy: Lent a Time to Grow

We live in an instant culture. Perhaps the greatest challenge of our time is to acquire the gift of patience. We don't do waiting very...

Fr Paddy – Blessings on all who care for the sick

February 11, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and also World day of Prayer for the sick. Behind many hall-doors in our Parish and...

Fr Paddy: Giving our brains a rest from time to time can bring us...

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 – Anniversary of St Brigid’s Day

This week we reach the midpoint of winter, marked by the cross-quarter day of Imbolc. Traditionally, Imbolc begins at sundown on February 1 and continues...

Fr Paddy – The Last Priests of Ireland

Ardal O’Hanlon, played one of the most famous fictional priests of all time as Father Ted’s lovably dim Dougal McGuire. He was hilarious, but there...

Fr Paddy – Reflect on the past, focus on the future

As we continue to make early footprints into 2024, already we see signs of brighter evenings and earlier mornings. The small stretch, offers hope, early...

From the Archives – John F Headen: The history behind the great Laois song...

This piece originally appeared on LaoisToday in March 2020. One of the most popular Laois songs is The Skies O'er Ballyroan.  Written nearly 150 years ago,...

Fr Paddy – Happy New Year 2024

I pray that 2024, will be a blessed and healthy one for us all. Every New Year brings with its expectation, uncertainty, hope and a...

Fr Paddy – Christmas is all about gratitude

I recently heard a funny little story of a mother who complained one day to her own mother that it was getting harder and...

Fr Paddy – Visiting the crib

I love visiting the cribs in various churches this time of year. Many of you, have by now placed your crib, in a sacred...
Shane MacGowan John Whelan

John Whelan: A fond farewell for Shane, a folk hero like no other from...

It was a rainy night in Dublin. We spilled out onto Dame Street.  Oblivious of the spills of rain and spray from the passing...
Ireland's Lonely

Fr Paddy: Ireland’s lonely

An Irish pub's Christmas video of a lonely, old man has left people in tears. Viewers were "bawling” after watching the heart-wrenching video for Charlie's...

Fr Paddy – Waiting for the Christ-Child

Christmas seems to come earlier every year. Already we are well accustomed to Christmas songs, selection boxes have been on sale in our supermarkets...

Fr Paddy: ‘Grant me the serenity to accept the people and situations I cannot...

It’s so easy to feel resentful that others are not as we would want them to be. We want them to change but can...