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Fr Paddy: Harvest … a Time to Encourage

There is something very fulfilling eating fresh vegetables that you have nurtured and cultivated with your own hands. As we celebrate the beginning of harvest...

20 things you’ll know if you ever worked on the bog in Laois

Footing turf on the bog. Always hardship, often misery and sometimes great craic. Anyone who has ever spent a day at it will relate to...

Fr Paddy: First Communion – Sacrament or Pantomime?

Current debate and reflection regarding school patronage is both necessary and relevant. Recent Census statistics however regarding the vast majority of citizens subscribing to...

Lights, camera, auction – as Cafe en Seine fittings go on sale in Killenard

Ever fancy a piece of the American Dream? Well then, this stunning Airstream Safari Land Yacht travel trailer could be all yours. It goes under the hammer...

Fr Paddy: Identify your doubt, find your mantra, take action

You don’t just wake up one morning, light streaming in from the window, birds fluttering about, and jump from your bed with exuberance declaring...

Jack Nolan: Demise of Laois hurling saddens me greatly

The demise of the Laois hurling team has saddened me greatly in recent weeks. Having closely watched it unfold I am not shocked, but I...

Fr Paddy: Over the coming weeks pray for young people …

I recently came across this inspirational story….. A shop owner placed a sign above his door that said: “Puppies For Sale.” Signs like this always have...

Mark Doheny: 20 helpful tips for the Dublin supporters coming to Portlaoise

For the third year in a row, the Dublin footballers will make a rare trip out of the city for a championship match. They did...

Fr Paddy: Bishop Curry’s royal wedding sermon emphasised the power of love

The Most Rev. Michael Curry, born in Chicago, was selected by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, to present the sermon at their Saturday wedding...

Wired with Whelan: Politicians are great sports so now it’s time they sweetened the...

The Jacks are back, The Jacks are back, Let the Railway End go barmy, ‘Cause Hill 16 Has Never Seen The likes of Heffo’s Army. (1970s Dublin football fans chant...

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Fr Paddy: Angels are gifts from God

Angel of God, my Guardian Dear, To whom God’s love, commits me here, Ever this night, be at my side, To light and guard, to rule and...
The Laois hurling team to face Carlow has been named

Jack Nolan: How has hurling in the county descended to such a low?

What was seen as a glorious opportunity for Laois hurlers to escape from the shadows, play in Croke Park, win a national competition, qualify...

Fr Paddy: Growing Older a Sacred Gift

Growing older brings its challenges ...... But this can be a time to relish and value...the following story I find inspirational... An 87 Year Old...

Fr Paddy: Alfie Evans ‘A Sacred Life’

The world is mourning for Alfie Evans, a British two-year-old who this weekend passed away at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Alfie had an extremely...
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Fr Paddy: ‘See the light of Goodness in all people’

The month of May, brings with it great beauty and certainly uplifts our spirits. As we begin this new month, take time to enjoy...

Fr Paddy: A time to vote No …

The forthcoming referendum on May 25th is fast approaching. A referendum, that calls us to reflect upon issues, that are often deeply sensitive, personal...

Fr Paddy: Remove ‘any fear of holiness’

Gaudete et Exultate The third apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis’ pontificate, published recently is a call to holiness—simple and accessible, without being watered down or...
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Fr Paddy: ‘We all respond to warmth and welcome’

We are at our best when we feel at home and at ease. This is the great Gift of the Risen Lord, just as...

‘Jerry will get a great send-off, and rightly so’

A tribute to Cllr Jerry Lodge by John Whelan The Laois flag is at half-mast at County Hall. It’s for Jerry. On Saturday he will make...

Wired with Whelan: There are three sides to every story

I got the Sky News blues All over me I got the Sky News blues All over me. Looking out my window, Birds singing in the trees. I believe that...

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