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Peavoy Financial Planning: Life Insurance – Words for the wise!

Life Insurance forms an integral part of every sound financial plan. The following are nine tips to consider when purchasing Life Insurance or when conducting a review...

Fr Paddy: Grandparents are a family’s greatest treasure, their strong foundation

His hands were age-spot-ridden and weathered by time, and they seemed enormous in comparison to the one-week-old puppy he scooped up from the litter. “Here...

Fr Paddy: Life is a gift – Live it, Enjoy it, Celebrate it and...

Next weekend here in Portlaoise we celebrate our Harvest Thanksgiving. An occasion of gratitude and pryer that will happen in many places of worship...

David Peavoy: A key solution to protecting your family

Becoming a parent brings with it many joyous moments all of which are to be treasured and enjoyed. A new baby brings great excitement to...

Cecilia Flynn: Ready for the college life and the bright lights of Dublin

I’m not sure if I should give this entry the title of a beginning or an ending as this summer has been full to...
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Fr Paddy: Reflection on Papal visit

Now that the visit of Pope Francis has concluded, it is good to pause and reflect. Anyone who gave the visit even a small amount...

Isabel Dwyer: 7 must-see female acts at Electric Picnic

Headlining this year's Electric Picnic line-up are Kendrick Lamar, Massive Attack and The Prodigy. Last year's headliners were The XX, A Tribe Called Quest, and...

Isabel Dwyer: Mozambique trip shows that a lot can be said without saying a...

There are thousands of languages in the world but spending time in Mozambique taught me that some things transcend speech. Just over a month ago,...
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Fr Paddy: Tough time for so many members of our church as Pope Francis...

This is an historic week here in Ireland as we welcome Pope Francis. His visit is an important one. The papal mass on the...

Mark Doheny: 18 things nobody tells you about the Leaving Cert and starting college

With the Leaving Cert results due out this morning, our man Mark Doheny has some useful life advice to give the young students of...

Fr Paddy: The Gift Young People Bring to our Church

Pope Francis will travel to Ireland in two weeks to attend the World Meeting of Families which will take place in Dublin. Since the last...
The Laois Labour branch is planning for the next General Election

Eoin Barry: Building a Labour Party for a new generation

The Labour Party finds itself at a political cross road and facing an existential crisis. In 2016 the party experienced its worst election result...

Hilary Treacy: Why GDPR deadline was only just the start of it

The GDPR enforcement date of May 25 has come and gone, but that was only the beginning. While the last couple of months have seen...
Pope Francis

Fr Paddy: Pope Francis – a man of his word

This week a new movie is being released in Ireland detailing the life and papacy of Pope Francis. It is certainly timely as soon...

Fr Paddy: Father John Sullivan – a Man of Healing

John Sullivan was born in Dublin on May 8, 1861. His father, the future Lord Chancellor of Ireland Sir Edward Sullivan was a Protestant....

Fr Paddy: Harvest … a Time to Encourage

There is something very fulfilling eating fresh vegetables that you have nurtured and cultivated with your own hands. As we celebrate the beginning of harvest...

Fr Paddy: Kildare and Leighlin Pilgrimage to Lourdes – a place of serenity

St Bernadette, of Lourdes once said “If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces... never be afraid to pick one of...

Isabel Dwyer: The transition to college

A year ago, I finished the Leaving Cert. A week ago, I passed my first year of college. A year isn’t long, not in the...

Fr Paddy: 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 day, the dog...

Leaving Cert Diary: End of exams hits ‘me like a tonne of bricks’

I apologise for taking two weeks to write again, however ye might recall I mentioned an untidy room. Well 17 kids in a sweet shop...
Pope Francis

Fr Paddy: The Gift and Challenges of internet according to Pope Francis

Pope Francis recently remarked that “The Internet is a gift of God, but it is also a great responsibility.” Francis says that ”Communication technology,...

Leaving Cert Diary: Relief at finishing, throwing shapes in Carlow and turning hay

That’s all folks. All exams are now completed for all students and I’ve never experienced relief like this before. The most surprising thing about being...

Fr Paddy: ‘When one of us is threatened, we are all at risk’

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. “What food might this contain?”...

20 things you’ll know if you ever worked on the bog in Laois

Footing turf on the bog. Always hardship, often misery and sometimes great craic. Anyone who has ever spent a day at it will relate to...

Leaving Cert Diary: Clonaslee girl on the home stretch now

A lot has happened since the last time I chatted you all. With the immediate feeling of the unknown trialled and tested after day one,...

Leaving Cert Diary: One week away from finishing the greatest challenge of my life

The end is now in sight. I can almost smell the freedom that so many leaving cert students now have. With two exams, I'm...

Fr Paddy: First Communion – Sacrament or Pantomime?

Current debate and reflection regarding school patronage is both necessary and relevant. Recent Census statistics however regarding the vast majority of citizens subscribing to...

Leaving Cert Diary: Clonaslee girl reflects on week one and how her bed is...

With week one of the leaving cert 2K18 down - was I not delighted to see Eileen Ní Chuilleanáin make an appearance. No word of...

Leaving Cert Diary: Counting down the days til I can raise my arms like...

First week down. I have completed my first three papers now, English 1 and 2 and half of maths is now done. I am...

Fr Paddy: Identify your doubt, find your mantra, take action

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...
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