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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...

Musings of a modern Laois Mammy: Being pregnant in a pandemic

In her new column, Steph discusses some of the issues that face modern parents as they try to navigate their way through life with...

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...

Musings of a modern Laois Mammy: You can’t have it all

In her new column, Steph discusses some of the issues that face modern parents as they try to navigate their way through life with...

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...

Musings of a modern Laois Mammy: Learning to deal with Mammy Guilt

In her new column, Steph discusses some of the issues that face modern parents as they try to navigate their way through life with...

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...

Mary Theresa Lowndes: Golf shindig in Clifden and subsequent fallout

What would we do without good journalism? Gradually over the last number of years we found out about the abuse in the church, the Magdalene...

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...

Musings of a modern Laois Mammy: Back to school

In her new column, Steph discusses some of the issues that face modern parents as they try to navigate their way through life with...

Peavoy Financial Planning: No speed limits on the road to success – case studies...

In our last blog we looked at some reasons why Public Sector workers might make AVCs. In a follow up to this, today we...

Diary of a Stuck at Home Mum: A week of firsts and some very...

Steph is a Laois mammy of 3 small kids. She has started a blog to document her life as a mammy muddling through parenthood and...

Your local charity and thrift shops: How and where to buy the best books

Whether you get through one book a year or several a month, reading is a brilliant hobby. Proven to be beneficial to our development and...

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....

Weekend Read: The story of the Portarlington to Mountmellick Tramway

National Heritage Week began yesterday and runs until August 23.  Unfortunately due to the current Covid Crisis, Laois County Library Service is not in a...

Diary of a Stuck at Home Mum: Lockdown birthday, going to Carlow and pretend...

Steph is a Laois mammy of 3 small kids. She has started a blog to document her life as a mammy muddling through parenthood and...

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...

Diary of a Stuck at Home Mum: Reading books, play dates and taking a...

Steph is a Laois mammy of 3 small kids. She has started a blog to document her life as a mammy muddling through parenthood and...

Mary Theresa Lowndes: Poverty is the curse of society

My late father was a member of the old IRA. I remember when I was a child he used to tell me all about...

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...

Diary of a Stuck at Home Mum: Father’s Day, getting to work and playdates

Steph is a Laois mammy of 3 small kids. She has started a blog to document her life as a mammy muddling through parenthood and...

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...

Diary of a Stuck at Home Mum: Roast dinners, slurry and dealing with the...

Steph is a Laois mammy of 3 small kids. She has started a blog to document her life as a mammy muddling through parenthood and...

Peavoy Financial Planning: Tomorrow belongs to those that plan today

Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) are a simple and tax efficient way for public servants to save for their retirement. They are extra contributions that public servants can...

Conor Stapleton: Your health insurance status should not determine your cancer outcome

Inequality occurs when some people in a group have greater wealth, greater opportunities and greater access to resources than others. Inequality occurs everywhere. In some...

Mary Theresa Lowndes: Why do we always have to have a scapegoat?

Is everyone perfect? No they are not. Does everyone make mistakes? Yes they do. Did I ever make a mistake? Yes I did and...

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....

Diary of a Stuck at Home: A visit from the grandparents and feeling blessed...

Steph is a Laois mammy of 3 small kids. She has started a blog to document her life as a mammy muddling through parenthood and...

Life after Normal People: Why we loved it and what you can read next

There’s never a bad time to release a series as brilliant as Normal People, but the middle of a pandemic induced lockdown that finds...