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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...

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...

Fr Paddy: Easter – ‘All is possible’

Easter 2018 brings with it a time of hope and new beginnings. Signs of continued economic recovery, growing employment bring with it a recovery...

Fr Paddy: A Time To Hope

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day, a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as...

Fr Paddy: Holy Week – a new day dawns

Next Sunday, March 25th, Palm Sunday, we begin Holy Week. Seven days, filled with Religious Symbolism and Rituals, from Washing Feet to Venerating the...

Fr Paddy: Lent – a time to pause

The cycle of liturgical seasons continues and now we find ourselves a over half way through Lent this year, days of reflection and remaking,...

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Wired with Whelan: Snow Patrol in the GAA, Skid Row at ‘The Mental’ and...

It's the dance you should know When the lights are down low Grab your baby Then go Do the hucklebuck Do the hucklebuck If you don't know how to do...

Fr Paddy: Lent – a time to let go

As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a...
Jack Nolan says it is amazing that nobody from Camross played against Offaly

Jack Nolan: ‘Amazing’ nobody from champions Camross featured for Laois

The display of the Laois hurling team on Sunday was a huge disappointment. While they lost by just five points at the finish, in reality...

Fr Paddy: World Meeting of Families….

We can choose our friends but not our family. Truth is most families can be akin to the "Simpsons rather than the Waltons". Family is...

Colm Fingleton: Decision time for tillage farmers as spring is in the air

The tillage farming season will soon kick into gear for 2018 once we get some settled weather and conditions to allow land work to...

Fr Paddy: What lent is all about …

Lent brings with it a time of cutting back, which includes fasting and alms-giving. Lent in the Northern Hemisphere coincides with the Season of...

Fr Paddy: Ash Wednesday is for lovers

ASH Wednesday February 14th St. Valentine's Day, marks the beginning of Lent. Nothing says love like ashes!!!!!!!!!  Traditionally, Lent brings with it a time...
Jack Nolan is delighted with the Laois hurling and football manager's honest interviews

Jack Nolan: Refreshing to interview such honest managers as Kelly and Sugrue

After another win for the Laois footballers and a fine battling display from the hurlers in defeat to All-Ireland champions Galway, there is a...

Wired with Whelan: Suicide is dangerous, it brings on many changes

Through early morning fog I see Visions of the things to be The pains that are withheld for me I realize and I can see That suicide is...

Fr Paddy: Smile frequently …

During his address to the Roman Curia on the occasion of the presentation of Christmas greetings, Pope Francis affirmed, “A bit of good humor...

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