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Fr Paddy: Prayer is a sacred conversation

Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern not yourself with what...

Fr Paddy: Easter is a way of life

“He is not here, he is risen”, is the signal message which the women receive as they make their way to anoint the dead...

John Whelan: Celebrating the great Jim Yorke, a photographer who excelled in a different...

This is an extract from Growing Pains and Growing Up, John Whelan's book celebrating 40 years in Journalism. It originally appeared on LaoisToday in...

Fr Paddy: Easter … A time to Hope

It has been a tough year since last Easter, and many people, Christians and others, have found ways of making the best of a...

Fr Paddy: A second Easter in lockdown but still a sacred week

This is our Second Easter, in Lockdown. As restrictions continue, our television rooms have now become the place where we can participate in Mass, say...

Fr Paddy: Forgiveness and healing

A woman, pushing on in years, boasted to her pastor that she did not have an enemy in the world. He was very impressed. What...

Fr Paddy: St Patrick … An icon of hope

Will we ever forget last St Patrick’s day? Lockdown had just began, we faced a very uncertain future. Most of us felt frightened and anxious....

Fr Paddy: We need each other

Carole King’s fabulous song Tapestry begins with these words: ‘My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue, an everlasting vision of...
2016 General Election Laois-Offaly

Election Memories: FF leave seat behind them as Sinn Féin make a gain in...

This piece by John Whelan originally appeared on LaoisToday on January 19, 2020, ahead of last year's General Election.  Although joined at the hip since...
2011 General Election Laois-Offaly

Election Memories: FF meltdown makes way for Stanley in Laois-Offaly in 2011

This piece by John Whelan was originally published on LaoisToday on January 26, 2020, in the run up to last year's General Election.  Have you...

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Fr Paddy: Stir yourself – Spring time is on the way

Brendan Kennelly’s poem Begin launches us into our Spring-time. This past week has seen changes in the weather. The extra light each morning and evening...
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Fr Paddy: Renewing Faith, Hope and Love – Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2021

In his message for Lent 2021, Pope Francis focuses on the three theological virtues inviting us to “renew our faith, draw from the living...

Fr Paddy: Lent – A time for true prayer

Lent in lockdown is perhaps enough penance for any of us!! Living through a pandemic brings huge challenges, not just physically but also emotionally and...

Fr Paddy: Be Not Afraid…

Fear and anxiety about a possible future event or circumstance is often a greater suffering than the suffering we endure when (and if) the...

Fr Paddy: The Hill We Climb

Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in US history, has become an international voice of hope. She is a hugely inspirational woman. Her voice is...

John Whelan: Timahoe – a towering example of the delights on our doorstep

We have learned many things and a great deal this past year. One of them has to be to appreciate the appeal of attractions and...

Fr Paddy: It’s nearly Spring … A Time of Hope

As the evenings lengthen and new signs of life appear in our gardens, we welcome a new spring. The following ancient story tells how the...

John Whelan: The Slieve Blooms – a cut above the rest

Far off hills are greener, or so the saying goes. But for my money the Slieve Blooms would more than hold their own with any, near or...

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...

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