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‘Palpable sense of grief’: Laois priest on how the loss of...

A Laois parish priest has explained how the loss of a traditional Irish funeral has exacerbated the grief that is being experienced by the...

Fr Paddy: Outrageous reference to God … far from funny

The head of the Catholic Church in Ireland recently expressed shock, over what he says is a “blasphemous” satirical clip broadcast on RTE’s New...

Fr Paddy: Light brighter than any Darkness

2020 has been a tough year. For months on end we have been listening out for the figures: how many new cases today? How...

Fr Paddy: Light at the end of the tunnel

Saint Matthew, tells us that the Lord had said through the prophet that the virgin will be with child and they will call him...

Fr Paddy: The Gift of Generosity this Christmas

Christmas 2020 comes after a most challenging year, a year we will never forget. We see light at the end of the tunnel, but...

Fr Paddy – Advent, a time to hope

Current restrictions are about to lift. Whilst we continue to live in this time of pandemic, I’m really looking forward to the resumption of...

Fr Paddy: The Giver is bigger than the Receiver

I love this story from Katharine Hepburn’s childhood; it’s beautiful, in her own words... Once when I was a teenager, my father and I were...

Fr Paddy: When Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

November is a time to remember and pray for family members, colleagues, neighbours and friends who have died since this time last year. Those who...

Fr Paddy: The 10 Spiritual Tips for Winter Lockdown 2020

1. Life is messy (Covid especially: world-wide mess, winter weather, weariness) The lived experience of life is what makes us who we are. If we...

Fr Paddy: November, a time to remember

2020 has been some roller-coaster, one that will be remembered for generations to come as the year of the pandemic. As we begin weeks of...

Fr Paddy: All will be well …

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going...

Fr Paddy: Five ways to build faith in challenging times

Whether you’re struggling with the fear and isolation of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic or you’re just having one of those weeks where nothing...

Fr Paddy: The life story of Matt Talbot

Matt Talbot was born May 1856 in Dublin Ireland. He was one of twelve children, six of whom lived to adulthood. His father was a...

Fr Paddy: Direct Provision – A failed system

This pandemic is far from over, whilst hopefully it remains contained, on our Island. Here in Laois we face the second week of restrictions, which...

Fr Paddy: John Hume – An Instrument of Peace

John Hume put his devotion to what was right above what was best for himself, his life’s work was given its ultimate return in...

Fr Paddy: 19 ways to stay positive

Our world screams out for poetry even if it can’t cope with it. Faith can only exist in a world of poetry. God is always...

New appointments and retirements in Kildare and Leighlin Diocese

Bishop Denis Nulty has announced a number of appointments and retirements of priests in the Kildare and Leighlin Diocese. Locally, Fr Paddy Byrne is to...

Fr Paddy: Suicide – a pandemic that continues to devastate

During the past ten days, five lives have been lost to suicide in Laois. Wonderful lives, abruptly ended, leaving behind families overwhelmed with grief...

Fr Paddy: Returning to mass sensibly and safely

The global pandemic has had a shattering effect on humanity. This deadly virus, has made no exceptions, its ugly presence has wounded Princes, Prime Ministers,...

Laois priest hits out at Pope Francis U-turn on ordaining married...

Laois priest Fr Paddy Byrne has hit out over Pope Francis' decision to do a U-turn on previous plans to allow married men in...

Man arrested after Laois church vandalised in sickening attack

Gardai have arrested and charged a man following criminal damage at a Laois church on Sunday. The candelabra in Abbeyleix church was completely smashed up...

Laois church vandalised in sickening overnight attack

This is sickening. A church in Laois was the victim of senseless vandalism overnight. The candelabra in Abbeyleix church has been completely smashed up. Taking to Twitter...

Laois priest launches blistering attack against planned RIC event

Abbeyleix Parish Priest Fr Paddy Byrne has launched a blistering attack against plans to stage an event commemorating the RIC. Taking to Facebook this afternoon,...

Fr Paddy: Saint John Henry Newman, a wonderful saint

This Sunday, October 13 2019 will be canonized on October 13 2019, in Rome. Pope Francis decreed that Newman and four other blesseds will be...

Get your pets blessed in Abbeyleix this weekend

This week is the celebration of St Francis of Assissi who is the patron saint of animals and they've come up with a novel...

Fr Paddy: Christianity and the scapegoat – a mighty challenge

Christianity is the only religion which worships the scapegoat, the one who is hated, excluded, spat upon, blamed for everything, ridiculed, shamed, and made...

Fr Paddy: The Homelessness Crisis

July 19 marked the third anniversary of the launch of Rebuilding Ireland, the government’s plan to address the housing and homeless crisis. Any honest assessment...

Fr Paddy: The importance of staying positive

Our world screams out for poetry even if it can’t cope with it. Faith can only exist in a world of poetry.  God is...

Fr Paddy: Harvest – A Time of Hope

Recently I was greatly inspired by the kind gesture of a neighbour calling with a bag of fresh vegetables from their garden. There is something...

Fr Paddy: 10 guidelines for a happy and peaceful Summer for...

This week marks the beginning of our summer holidays for all primary school children. Let’s pray that they will all enjoy a happy and...