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Fr Paddy: The gift of generosity this Christmas

Generosity is a wonderful gift. To have a big heart is a blessing that is to be open and compassionate in love to the...

Fr Paddy: Advent – A time to open doors

This week we begin the liturgical season of advent. A hope filled few weeks, when we prepare to welcome, yet again, the light and peace...

Pat Critchley: Paddy and the Giant and being hit by a bullock

This is an extract from Pat Critchley’s latest book Bruno – a collection of stories, yarns and poems – that is being published this week.  The Giant drank Guinness,...

Fr Paddy: Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Jesus couldn’t do much for the man on the cross…his own hands were nailed. He couldn’t take him off, but he gave him more than...

Pat Critchley: The importance of humour, enthusiasm and appreciating what you have

This is an extract from Pat Critchley's latest book Bruno - a collection of stories, yarns and poems - that is being published later this...

Bronwyn Cuddy: Move over Disco Queens, Vsco Girls are here!

Our occasional columnist Bronwyn Cuddy writes this week about bizarre Vsco Girls craze. Stereotypes are nothing new. We’ve all fallen foul of the ‘in-thing’ at some...

Fr Paddy: The Problem of Direct Provision

Fintan O’ Toole (Irish Times) recently wrote: “In 1992, the concept of limbo - a place for the souls of infants who died before...

Fr Paddy: Helpful tips to mind our mental health

Recent research shows that levels of mental illness, anxiety, and depression are at an all-time high, especially among younger people. I recently came across...

Fr Paddy: 10 tips of sound advice from the man above

I really like the following guidelines from the boss's desk!! If we can read them slowly and often it may well help us to implement...

Fr Paddy: November – A Time to Remember

Time moves by too quickly, where has this year gone?! This week we begin winter time. November is a time to remember all our loved ones...

Fr Paddy: What will the Amazon Synod do for the Church?

The Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon Region was controversial long before this Autumn. Self-described orthodox Catholics have worried over its potential impact far from...

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...
Pope Francis

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...
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