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Andrew McDonald: Diets do not work

The four words in the title above will come like a hammer blow for some and perhaps as a relief for many others. The truth...

Fr Paddy: Prayer is a sacred conversation

Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern not yourself with what...
Bronwyn Cuddy article on reading

Bronwyn Cuddy: ‘Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life’ – Fernando Pessoa  

This piece was originally published on LaoisToday in March of 2020 as the world was going into lockdown - but its advice and sentiments...
Andrew McDonald column

Andrew McDonald: Post-lockdown stress and how to deal with it

Whisper it! Keep fingers crossed! It looks like we’re on the final leg of Covid lockdown. With luck, we’re soon going to be back...
Fr Paddy colum's this week is about remaining positive

Fr Paddy: Things are getting better – a much brighter tomorrow awaits

Mary Robinson has joined more than 150 former heads of state and Nobel laureates in signing an open letter to US president Joe Biden...

Andrew McDonald: Healing the past with your present – how it works

Regression therapy works by reassessing memories which get stored in your mind. As you know, both your conscious and subconscious minds are like sponges. If...

Fr Paddy: Blessed Carlo Acutis – Patron of the Internet

I am greatly inspired by the life of young Cathal Clooney Abbeyleix. His recent death has left an enormous void to his wonderful family. Cathal...

Andrew McDonald: Healing the past with your present

Sometimes the only way to move forward is by stepping back. Anxiety and depression are, as we have already discussed, very frequently linked to...

Fr Paddy: ‘Live simply, share generously’ – the impact of Fr Peter McVerry interview...

Tommy Tiernan has inched ahead of Ryan Tubridy in the battle for RTÉ’s weekend viewers after his most recent show clocked up 12,000 more...

Andrew McDonald: Three ways hypnotherapy works for anxiety and depression

Hypnotherapy opens up your path to recovery from anxiety or depression by getting in touch with your subconscious mind. It does this via a number...

Fr Paddy: Easter is a way of life

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

Andrew McDonald: The power of your breath

Did you know one of the most powerful things you possess is your breath? No, I’m not telling you to stop eating garlic or onions!...

Fr Paddy: Easter … A time to Hope

It has been a tough year since last Easter, and many people, Christians and others, have found ways of making the best of a...

Peavoy Financial Planning: Making your savings work for you

With deposit rates at an all time low, some investors are seeking a different solution for money they have to invest for the long...

Andrew McDonald: The benefits of being kind

THE NEWS in the last couple of weeks has been particularly tragic and shocking. The purpose of this column is not to make political points...

Fr Paddy: A second Easter in lockdown but still a sacred week

This is our Second Easter, in Lockdown. As restrictions continue, our television rooms have now become the place where we can participate in Mass, say...

Andrew McDonald: The importance of sleep

There’s no doubt about it, the stress of lockdown and lifestyle changes it has forced upon us have had a massive effect on wellness. Common...

Fr Paddy: Forgiveness and healing

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...

Andrew McDonald: Some fun and free apps to help you exercise

A slight change of tone this week. Today we’re going to look at free* phone apps you can use to encourage you to leave...

Fr Paddy: St Patrick … An icon of hope

Will we ever forget last St Patrick’s day? Lockdown had just began, we faced a very uncertain future. Most of us felt frightened and anxious....

Andrew McDonald: What is Hypnotherapy? Or perhaps, what isn’t it?

If there is a question hypnotherapists are most frequently asked, “is it true you can control people” has to be it. Stage hypnosis has a...

Fr Paddy: We need each other

Carole King’s fabulous song Tapestry begins with these words: ‘My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue, an everlasting vision of...

Andrew McDonald: Getting out of Black and White thinking

Sources suggest we’re going to be stuck in a lockdown morass until May. Two weeks ago I said we would look at other things...

Fr Paddy: Stir yourself – Spring time is on the way

Brendan Kennelly’s poem Begin launches us into our Spring-time. This past week has seen changes in the weather. The extra light each morning and evening...

Andrew McDonald: Meditation – Don’t try to make it perfect

If I had a Euro for every time somebody said to me “I can’t meditate properly”, I’d be a rich man. I usually respond by...
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Fr Paddy: Renewing Faith, Hope and Love – Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2021

In his message for Lent 2021, Pope Francis focuses on the three theological virtues inviting us to “renew our faith, draw from the living...

Andrew McDonald: Beat the lockdown blues

This lockdown seems to be the most difficult so far for many people. Restriction fatigue has certainly set in. It’s also perhaps the worst...

Fr Paddy: Lent – A time for true prayer

Lent in lockdown is perhaps enough penance for any of us!! Living through a pandemic brings huge challenges, not just physically but also emotionally and...

Andrew McDonald: (New Year) February Resolutions

Did you make a new year resolution for 2021? If you did, how is it going? If it’s a breeze, congratulations, this article isn’t...

Fr Paddy: Be Not Afraid…

Fear and anxiety about a possible future event or circumstance is often a greater suffering than the suffering we endure when (and if) the...