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Fr Paddy – Advent, a time to hope

Current restrictions are about to lift. Whilst we continue to live in this time of pandemic, I’m really looking forward to the resumption of...

Peavoy Financial Planning: Increase your family balance sheet

For those of you who are registered to use the Revenue On-line Service (ROS), the extended Pay and File deadline for on-line tax returns...

Brian Moss: Laois hurling, kindness of school kids and Diego Maradona

Another Fine Mess! Well only one place to start this week really and that's with the now vacant Laois hurling managers position, with the news...

Fr Paddy: Joe Biden … A man of faith

He carries a rosary in his pocket, one that belonged to his dead son, Beau. On Election Day, he went to Mass, as he...

Brian Moss: Queen Dolly, reliving a classic, the PC police and town pride

All Hail Queen Dolly Starting this week in “could 2020 get any weirder" news - it turns out that none other than country music queen...

Mary Therese Lowndes: Senseless mink farming

I was shocked when I heard on the TV news that there is a new strain of the coronavirus in Denmark. This mutation originated in...

Fr Paddy: The Giver is bigger than the Receiver

I love this story from Katharine Hepburn’s childhood; it’s beautiful, in her own words... Once when I was a teenager, my father and I were...

Brian Moss: THAT Interview, Leo’s Leaks, the Cost of Confidence and Stephen Kenny’s Bad...

On Air but Not Aware! Well there is only one story to start with this week and it's with THAT interview. I couldn't help but cringe...

Fr Paddy: When Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

November is a time to remember and pray for family members, colleagues, neighbours and friends who have died since this time last year. Those who...

Brian Moss: In America, Christmas relief, Munnelly back for more and taxi for Ole

Only in America - thankfully Starting this week across the big pond, well you couldn't ignore the US elections even if you wanted to! I was...

John F Headen: Timahoe’s Volunteer Band and their trouble with The Black and Tans

This piece was originally published on LaoisToday in March of this year.  In this piece John F Headen tells the famous story of how a...

Tara Hanneffy: Five spooky Halloween reads

It’s that time of the year again when shops are selling vividly orange pumpkins in various sizes, children wander around in wacky costumes, and...

Fr Paddy: The 10 Spiritual Tips for Winter Lockdown 2020

1. Life is messy (Covid especially: world-wide mess, winter weather, weariness) The lived experience of life is what makes us who we are. If we...

Brian Moss: Yoga in Mountrath, the inspirational Marcus Rashford and what a load of...

And Breathe ... relaxing times in Mountrath We start this week with a slow, deep, deep breath. Now isn't that nice When I was in secondary...

Fr Paddy: November, a time to remember

2020 has been some roller-coaster, one that will be remembered for generations to come as the year of the pandemic. As we begin weeks of...

Brian Moss: Bad lights, Zach has our back and poetry for the soul

Come towards the light A newer greener way of living is certainly a movement that has gained momentum over the past few years and rightfully...

Musings of a Modern Laois Mammy: A Covid birthday party

So, this weekend the little man of the house turns the big two! I can’t help but reflect on his two short (but long) years...

Brian Moss: A scare in Rosenallis, the Stephen Kenny era and a plea to...

Yet again it's been another busy week, from beauty pageants to Irish football fans here's my quick look back on the last seven days. Rubbish...

Fr Paddy: All will be well …

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going...

Peavoy Financial Planning: Aiming for tax free money

The rules of most Occupational Pension Schemes allow a retiring member to avail of a Lump Sum based on their final salary and length...

Mary Theresa Lowndes: Be so careful about listening to the false information that is...

They say that everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. But if someone's opinion is going to cause harm they are not entitled...

Musings of a Modern Laois Mammy: Spin it – a mother’s version of spin-doctoring

So, today I’m calling time on berating myself for the different things that aren’t going according to plan in my life, which is pretty...
Pope Francis

Fr Paddy: Pope Francis warns of ‘extremist, resentful and aggressive nationalism’

On the anniversary of St Francis of Assisi’s death, Pope Francis celebrates Mass before the Saint’s tomb and signed his Encyclical “Fratelli tutti”. Pope Francis,...

Fr Paddy: St Francis – an iconic Saint

Upon his election in March 2013, Pope Francis said: 'Some people want to know why I wished to be called Francis. For me, Francis...

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...