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Toothache

Andrew McDonald: Avoiding toothache needn’t be a pain in the … mouth

Of all body pains, there’s nothing quite like a toothache. Maybe it’s that your mouth is so close to your brain that an oral...
The giver is bigger than the receiver

Fr Paddy: Without counting the cost …

There is story in the Gospel about a leper coming to Jesus on his knees and pleading with him, saying, ‘If you want to,...

Andrew McDonald: Nine reasons why pets improve mental wellbeing

Pets reduce anxiety. Studies have shown that playing with animals, even just for five minutes, helps fight stress hormones. This makes having a pet, particularly...

Fr Paddy: Let go … Let God

It’s good to think of prayer, not just as saying prayers, or speaking to God, but as listening to God. Not just as words but...
Turf

From the Archives – Pat Critchley: Priceless memories from working on the bog

This Pat Critchley piece originally appeared on LaoisToday in 2017 Long before the Spanish sun holidays became the norm, we had the bog. It was...
Alcohol

Andrew McDonald: Alcoholism – fighting fire with fire

Alcoholism leaves a trail of destruction wherever it appears. It devastates the health and wellbeing of sufferers and tears apart their relationships. Furthermore, it is...
Fr Paddy

Fr Paddy: Meandering our way through unprecedented times

Security is an important reality we all desire, even though most of us spend most of our lives doing just that. We long for...
Work office

Andrew McDonald: A mindful workplace is a successful workplace

Mindfulness makes the workplace a more productive environment for both employees and employers. Once simply a Buddhist practice firmly rooted in the East, mindfulness has...
Emo Court

Fr Paddy: A message of Hope following a walk in Emo Court

As we move closer to the Month of May, it brings a sense of hope and fresh opportunity. A recent walk in Emo Court, reminded...
Reading

Andrew McDonald: Reading keeps you (your brain, anyway) young!

Your mind, like your body, needs exercise. Working it helps it stay fit and healthy. Reading is one activity which stimulates mental activity, keeping...
Easter

Fr Paddy: Easter – A time to hope

Easter is a time of hope and new life, an opportunity to begin again in a new way. The Angel said to the wounded followers...
hypnotherapy

Andrew McDonald: How you defeat your anxiety with hypnotherapy

You have two major parts of your mind. The conscious and the subconscious. The first is responsible for all the things you do deliberately, the...
Family Meal new

Fr Paddy: Make time to share a meal this Easter

This is Holy Week, a sacred time when through ritual and symbolism we remember and give thanks for the great sacrifice Jesus made for...
Friendship new

Andrew McDonald: Saving friendships from the aftermath of Covid

Two years of limited socialising, or none at all, left scars. We’re out of practice in the art of being around others. Navigating inevitable bumps...
Priest

Fr Paddy: The danger of keeping silent

The number of priests and members of religious orders in Ireland has dropped by 70% since 1970. In the past three years more than...
Good luck

Andrew McDonald: Good luck? Bad luck? Who can say?

We all experience bad luck. Events do, however, also take favourable turns for us. A problem many people have is the enjoyment of these occasions...
Ukraine

Fr Paddy: The Strangest Dream

Tanks in the city streets of Ukraine. Blocks of flats on fire. Wrecked and burnt-out trucks, twisted metal and shattered windows. Small groups of cold...
Chocolate

Andrew McDonald: Chocolate is good for you

Easter; annual festival when children, and some adults, gorge on sweet things. Also, the part of the Christian year commemorating Jesus of Nazareth’s crucifixion and...
Fr Paddy

Fr Paddy: The Little Flower … a powerful Saint

St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897) was a French Catholic who became a Carmelite nun at an early age. She died in obscurity at the age...
Brain

Andrew McDonald: The benefits of feeling it will all be OK

Thinking is both a blessing and a curse. Properly harnessed, wonderful creativity emerges. Allowed to run free, it frets over the uncontrollable, big questions...
St Patrick Fr Paddy

Fr Paddy: St Patrick – icon of solidarity

After two long years of lockdowns and living with the reality of pandemic, it is with a great sense of joy that we can...

Andrew McDonald: Positive action is controlling the controllable

Living costs are rising fast and predictions are they will worsen over coming months. This is, at least for the individual, uncontrollable. You can choose...
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,...
Pat Critchley fire brigade column

From the Archives – Pat Critchley: Remembering the Portlaoise Fire Brigade from back in...

This piece by Pat Critchley was originally published in his book Hungry Hill and later on LaoisToday in July 2017 The members of the Fire...
World

Andrew McDonald: Much to learn from the more experienced

Cultural differences are plentiful between West and East. Some things are better here, others there and a myriad of nuances exist which are neither...
Lent

Fr Paddy: Make the most of Lent

Saint Basil, known as the Great, was a fourth-century bishop of the Eastern Church who was known for his care for the poor. He was...
Grief

Andrew McDonald: Coping with grief

The sadness of a loved one’s passing is an unwelcome visitor for all of us at one time or another. The cycle of life dictates...
Starfish

Fr Paddy: ‘No one can do everything, but everyone can do something’

In the Bible, the Virgin Mary was named Sella Maris, which means star of the sea. The Virgin Mary is a symbol of guidance and...
Fr Paddy Slowing Down

Fr Paddy: The importance of slowing down

Most of us live rushed lives, dashing from one thing to another. One consequence is that we live on the surface of life, skimming...
Office General

Andrew McDonald: Return to the office is not all bad

In every negative, there is a positive. For many people the plus point of covid lockdown and restrictions was being able to work from...