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Diary of a Stuck at Home Mum: Paddling pools, garden furniture and Donald Trump

Steph is a Laois mammy of 3 small kids. She has started a blog to document her life as a mammy muddling through parenthood and...

Fr Paddy: Returning to mass sensibly and safely

The global pandemic has had a shattering effect on humanity. This deadly virus, has made no exceptions, its ugly presence has wounded Princes, Prime Ministers,...

Diary of a Stuck at Home Mum: Safe cycling, car sickness and messy rooms

Steph is a Laois mammy of 3 small kids. She has started a blog to document her life as a mammy muddling through parenthood and...

Mary Theresa Lowndes: What does the queing for Penneys say about society?

The reopening of Penneys after the Coronavirus restrictions were lifted is an education in how we are driven to buy. We might not afford Brown...

Fr Paddy: 19 ways to Stay 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 always...

Diary of a Stuck at Home Mum: When the rain returned!

Steph is a Laois mammy of 3 small kids. She has started a blog to document her life as a mammy muddling through parenthood and...

Pat Critchley: It’s a generation thing but not all the characters are gone

This Pat Critchley column originally appeared on LaoisToday in January 2018 In my first year English classes I would show this quote: "The children now...

Diary of a Stuck at Home Mum: From the best day to the worst...

Steph is a Laois mammy of 3 small kids. She has started a blog to document her life as a mammy muddling through parenthood and...

Mary Theresa Lowndes: Irish people are not without sin when it comes to racism,...

I cannot tolerate bullying, discrimination, exploitation or violence. I watched the video showing the brutal murder of George Floyd. It was an absolutely evil crime....

Peavoy Financial Planning: Financial tips during Covid-19

In times like these thinking about your financial situation can be stressful. Fears over the spread of coronavirus have caused lots of people uncertainty and...

Diary of a Stuck at Home Mum: The adventures of a three-year-old

Steph is a Laois mammy of 3 small kids. She has started a blog to document her life as a mammy muddling through parenthood and...

Fr Paddy: Spirit of God, loving and free

These days all of us are confronted with situations which seem confusing and contradictory and we wonder where we are going and what the...

Diary of a Stuck at Home Mum: Back to ‘home school’

Steph is a Laois mammy of 3 small kids. She has started a blog to document her life as a mammy muddling through parenthood and...

Mary Theresa Lowndes: Every help should be given to the victims of domestic violence

It is common knowledge that domestic violence has always been a problem in society. Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence regardless of class,...

Fr Paddy: Ascension a time to Hope

This Sunday we celebrate together the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, celebrating the moment when forty days after His Resurrection, our Lord...

Diary of a Stuck at Home Mum: An Easter week of sun-cream, chocolate and...

Steph is a Laois mammy of 3 small kids. She has started a blog to document her life as a mammy muddling through parenthood and...

Mary Theresa Lowndes: The fair deal scheme is anything but fair

I have no time for nursing homes. The old people used to call them the home. And to have to end up in the...

Fr Paddy: Holding on to faith, hope and love in these tough times

Living through this pandemic, coping with isolation whilst managing our mental health is undoubtedly a challenge. It is completely normal to be feeling overwhelmed and...

Diary of a Stuck at Home Mum: A very ‘Un-Easter’ Holiday break

Steph is a Laois mammy of 3 small kids. She has started a blog to document her life as a mammy muddling through parenthood and...

Eoin Barry: Essential that plans are in place to improve community mental health teams...

Over the last couple of months we have all become familiar with the concept of flattening the curve. The importance of keeping the number of...

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...

Conor Stapleton: What it’s like getting a cancer diagnosis – and why staying in...

The last few weeks have changed our lives. We have felt scared, angry, hopeful and every emotion in between. We have put our faith...

Diary of a Stuck at Home Mum: I’ve completely lost track of the days

Steph is a Laois mammy of 3 small kids. She has started a blog to document her life as a mammy muddling through parenthood and...

Fr Paddy: A time for healing

How can we use this time wisely? Perhaps the best use of time right now is, as Jesus said, to love one another. In times...

John F Headen: Remembering the long hot summer of 1959

The summer of 1959 was a long hot summer. Wells springs and roadside pumps started going dry in the month of May and queues of...

Diary of a Stuck at Home Mum: Getting used to our new routine is...

Today was fun - and not fun. We cooked, we made hot air balloons, we did yoga and made an obstacle course. There was also...

Mary Theresa Lowndes: The Ireland of old was not the most pleasant of places

Now that I am locked in due to Covid-19 I have more time than usual to think. I have always had an interest in society...

Fr Paddy: No Social distancing from Christ

Who says that Christ is not Risen this year? When in fact he is dressed in a blue gown in green and white in our...

Feargus Dunne: ‘It’s true what they say. Those small moments are the big moments.’

“Any interest in heading up to Newry for the Laois game tomorrow”? My question appeared to catch my Dad by surprise on this April Saturday...

Mary Theresa Lowndes: 2020 is a year that will stay with us forever

2020 is a year that will stay in my mind for the rest of my life if I survive this evil plague. Covid-19 is...