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Fr Paddy: Grandparents are a family’s greatest treasure, their strong foundation

His hands were age-spot-ridden and weathered by time, and they seemed enormous in comparison to the one-week-old puppy he scooped up from the litter. “Here...

Fr Paddy: The Gift Young People Bring to our Church

Pope Francis will travel to Ireland in two weeks to attend the World Meeting of Families which will take place in Dublin. Since the last...
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Fr Paddy: Pope Francis – a man of his word

This week a new movie is being released in Ireland detailing the life and papacy of Pope Francis. It is certainly timely as soon...

Fr Paddy: Father John Sullivan – a Man of Healing

John Sullivan was born in Dublin on May 8, 1861. His father, the future Lord Chancellor of Ireland Sir Edward Sullivan was a Protestant....

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...

Fr Paddy: Kildare and Leighlin Pilgrimage to Lourdes – a place of serenity

St Bernadette, of Lourdes once said “If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces... never be afraid to pick one of...

Fr Paddy: A very clever Dog!

A wealthy man decided to go on a safari in Africa. He took his faithful pet dog along for company. One day, the dog...
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Fr Paddy: The Gift and Challenges of internet according to Pope Francis

Pope Francis recently remarked that “The Internet is a gift of God, but it is also a great responsibility.” Francis says that ”Communication technology,...

Fr Paddy: ‘When one of us is threatened, we are all at risk’

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. “What food might this contain?”...

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...

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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...

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...

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