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Fr Paddy: Saint John Henry Newman, a wonderful saint

This Sunday, October 13 2019 will be canonized on October 13 2019, in Rome. Pope Francis decreed that Newman and four other blesseds will be...

Peavoy Financial Planning: How to reduce your Income Tax bill

It's Income Tax time again: time to gather up those receipts, get out those tax forms and sharpen up the pencil. Paying more tax than...
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Fr Paddy: An ‘Extraordinary Mercy’ – ‘I give you the power of the keys’

Pope Francis made a phone call to a leading theologian and priest who was suspended from active ministry in part over his LGBTQ-affirming work,...

Fr Paddy: Know the importance of pressing the pause button

Time moves by too quickly, this week we will begin the month of October. Sometimes it’s good to hit the pause button. The following reflection...

Peavoy Financial Planning: Is the tax treatment of Co-Habiting couples unfair?

In recent times, family structures in Ireland have changed beyond what would have been considered the ‘traditional’ family unit; that of a man and a...

Fr Paddy: Life is the coffee – the jobs, money and position in society...

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in...

Fr Paddy: Transform your difficulties and draw goodness from the negatives

A minister passing through his church in the middle of the day decided to pause by the altar and see who had come to...

Fr Paddy: Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge.

This Tuesday, September 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day. Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge. Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of...

Peavoy Financial Planning: Why you have to consider insurance for funeral expenses

Death is understandably a topic that people don’t like to think about, but as we all know it’s an unavoidable part of life. At Peavoy Financial...

Fr Paddy: Will we adapt to climate chaos?

The much anticipated ‘Climate Action Plan’ was recently released by the Irish Government. The Climate Action Plan arrives as a reaction to both electoral and...

Fr Paddy: Christianity and the scapegoat – a mighty challenge

Christianity is the only religion which worships the scapegoat, the one who is hated, excluded, spat upon, blamed for everything, ridiculed, shamed, and made...
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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...
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