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Andrew McDonald: Letting go what you can’t control

Events which are bigger than us, that we have no way of controlling, are responsible for a great deal of anxiety. Whether bad news stories,...

Fr Paddy: Advent – A counter cultural season

Christmas seems to arrive now by the start of November and ends on Christmas day. In a secular culture the season of Advent, a time...

Andrew McDonald: How hypnotherapy can help you

Hypnotherapy is powerful. Don’t take my word for it, research it online for yourself. There is a huge amount of good scientific evidence to...
Jesus Christ

Fr Paddy: Celebrating the Feast of Christ the King

This week, we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, we are called to work with this King. And this King is the one who...

Andrew McDonald: Hypnosis in the real world

Among the therapies which have been around a long time but are suddenly gaining popularity, hypnotherapy is perhaps one of the misunderstood. As soon as...
Climate Change

Fr Paddy: Climate change and COP26

The two young ladies were noisy. Vinisha Umashankar and Greta Thunberg. Vinisha said: “We’ll build the future, even if you are stuck in the past....
Climate Action Bill

Opinion: Climate Action Plan announcement and why we all need to embrace the changes...

On November 4, the Cabinet approved the Climate Action Plan which details the measures which will be implemented to ensure we stay within the...

Andrew McDonald: Reduce Christmas stress

Christmas, the time of year we are all supposed to love. If we don’t, or at least if we reveal it, we’re likely to...

Fr Paddy: How prayer can help overcome phobias

Many situations in this pandemic world present themselves as almost impossible: coping with stress, keeping going under pressure, addressing tough health issues, coping with...
Keto Diet

Andrew McDonald: What is Keto? And does it work?

Keto, short for ketogenic, is a low carbohydrate, high fat diet which claims to get you losing weight quickly. According to keto experts, up to...

Fr Paddy: November – A time to remember

Halloween did not come from Hollywood but rather its origins are strongly connected to ancient Celtic roots. In Celtic Ireland, about two millennia ago, Samhain...
Alcohol

Andrew McDonald: Alcoholism – destruction in a bottle

Alcoholism wrecks everything. It rips families apart, devastates health, ruins bank balances and ultimately, if not overcome, kills. Problems with the demon drink are as...
Pope Francis

Fr Paddy: In the name of God

Pope Francis, in a keynote address to the popular movements, a group that includes activists working on a wide variety of justice causes, called...

Andrew McDonald: You are the key to overcoming your difficulties

“Sit down next to me” sing the rock band James. It is a call to people who are suffering bad periods in their life,...

Fr Paddy: Nine principles for building solid foundations

One key biblical image is that of building solid foundations, making a dramatic distinction between building on rock as opposed to on sand (Matthew...
Alcohol

Andrew McDonald: Not drinking in the 2020s

Prior to the 2020s, choice was limited for people who chose not to drink alcohol when socialising. Normal everyday drinking options were plentiful enough. Tea,...

Fr Paddy: Leave the phone at home

“God brings forth His Son in thee, whether thou likest it or not, whether thou sleepest or wakest; God worketh His own will. That...

Andrew McDonald: Dealing with cold and flu season

Cold and flu season has started to make its unwanted presence familiar again. Last year, many of us were in lockdown for long periods and...

Fr Paddy: Celebrating the feast of St Francis

This week we celebrate the Feast of St Francis. St Francis is among the most beloved and most familiar of all the saints of...

Andrew McDonald: How to stop the dreaded hiccups

Buddy Holly and Michael Jackson shared the same talent for using a singing technique few artists even seriously attempt, never mind master. A vocal hiccup...

Fr Paddy: Wisdom on life

George Carlin at age 102, offered the following wisdom that is deeply relevant for us all. If you don’t read this to the very end,...

Andrew McDonald: Parent/child sleep wars

The battle to get your kids to sleep is well-known to most parents. It’s a natural part of growing up when children test boundaries and...

Fr Paddy: Harvest thanksgiving .. A time for justice

Perhaps this harvest time is an opportunity for us all, to acknowledge the fruits that we all have in the depth of our being. Fruits...
Dysart Woods

Andrew McDonald: Explore a world from your home

The planned ending of Covid-related restrictions in October will come as a relief to most of us. Nothing is confirmed yet and, as with anything...
Gary O'Reilly and Nicole Turner

Fr Paddy: Don’t quit…

There was once a bunch of tiny frogs, who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high...
Steven Miller Breaking Ball column

Breaking Ball: Brilliant TV service would be huge loss and junior football clubs deserve...

On Sunday evening last as the draw was being made for the second round of the Laois senior football championship, Laois GAA chairman Peter...
Climate Change

Fr Paddy: Climate Crisis all our concern

‘May you live in interesting times’, it’s said, is a translation of a traditional Chinese curse. Sometimes, like the present, we discover we could...

Andrew McDonald: Staying well online

If your friend said they spent their time deliberately annoying other people, how would you react? Be happy that their life was obviously productive and...

Fr Paddy: Take a deep breath

The person who has probably done most in the Christian world to promote the idea of concentrating on our breathing as a form of...
LaoisToday Breaking Ball column

Breaking Ball: Three clubs with new challenges as no rest before championship defence gets...

For Portarlington, Clough-Ballacolla and The Harps, last weekend brought the best of times. After a year-and-a-half of our lives being turned upside down due to...