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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Fr Paddy: Time to end Direct Provision

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Ireland have launched a new study, Protection with Dignity: Roadmap to System Change, which identifies necessary steps for system change...

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...

1991 Election Memories: Liam Hyland champion of rural Ireland; Cathy Honan’s Senate term, the...

This piece by John Whelan originally appeared on LaoisToday ahead of last year's Local Elections ‘Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose’, the more...

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...

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...

2009 Election Memories: End of the Bertie era, end of the PDs, demise of...

This piece originally featured on LaoisToday on May 12 2019. When Bertie Ahern won his hat-trick of general elections and was installed for his third...

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...

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...

1999 Election Memories: The count that ended up in court as Fianna Fáil glory...

This piece originally featured on LaoisToday on May 6 2019. If it’s nail-biting drama, excitement and intrigue you are looking for, forget about the Game...

Fr Paddy: An Easter that’s very different

On Ash Wednesday we were reminded of our frailty, when we received ash on our foreheads. And we were advised by Jesus in the Gospel...

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1985 Election Memories: A Fianna Fáil landslide, first woman elected, some big casualties, and...

This piece originally featured on LaoisToday on April 22 2019. The local elections of 1985 in Laois were the most significant and dramatic in more...

Fr Paddy: Lockdown

Yes there is fear. Yes there is isolation. Yes there is panic buying. Yes there is sickness. Yes there is even death. But, They say that in Wuhan after so...

2014 Election Memories: Carnage even before the off, FF and FG power sharing, a...

This piece by John Whelan originally featured on LaoisToday on April 28, 2019, ahead of the Local Elections. In the biggest blow to local government...

35 things we learned in the Coronavirus pandemic – 3 minute read … now...

With the world almost entirely shut down and unrecognisable from what it was just a couple of short weeks ago, John Whelan has put...

2004 Election Memories: No TDs, some PDs, a Sinn Féin breakthrough and a split...

This piece by John Whelan originally featured on LaoisToday on April 15 2019 ahead of last year's Local Elections. While the country was still basking...

Fr Paddy: This will call for great resilience of mind and heart

My friends, while the name of the virus we are struggling to control is known as COVID 19 – the entire experience that we...

Fr Paddy: Spiritual Nuggets of Hope in difficult times

This is a particularly tough time in human history where the new coronavirus has many people worried, unsure as to how to act and...

Fond memories and warm tributes for renowned vintage enthusiast

There have been glowing tributes and fond memories recalled following the death of one of Portlaoise town’s most senior citizens. Joe Ryan from the Abbeyleix...

1979 Election Memories: The men in suits, the dealing in Donoghues, and Charlie McDonald...

Forty years ago in 1979 the first ever direct elections to the European Parliament were held in tandem with the local elections on June...

Pat Critchley: Remembering the Portlaoise Fire Brigade from back in the day

This Pat Critchley piece first appeared in his book 'Hungry Hill' in 2008 The members of the Fire Brigade are unsung heroes of our community. Dad...

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