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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Fr Paddy: Harvest thanksgiving .. A time for justice

Perhaps this harvest time is an opportunity for us all, to acknowledge the fruits that we all have in the depth of our being. Fruits...

Fr Paddy: Olympic Inspiration

Wilma Rudolph is the absolute proof that nothing is impossible. Born prematurely, in a family of 21 children, with little to no resources to sustain...

Fr Paddy: The giver is bigger than the receiver

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

Fr Paddy: Harvest … A time to give thanks

Time seems to be flying by. It’s hard to believe that August has arrived so quickly!! I pray that this wonderful Season of hope,...

Fr Paddy: Grandparents – a real blessing

This week, in a special way we are invited to reflect on the role of grandparents. Family is all about ‘connection’, and grandparents are vital...

Fr Paddy: Sadness and anger at the death of Fr Stan Swamy SJ

News of the death in prison of Fr Stan Swamy SJ, an Indian human rights activist, has occasioned great sadness and not a little...

Fr Paddy: Gathering around the table

I was really disappointed for so many children and families who again were prohibited from celebrating baptisms, communions and confirmations. Our churches continue to be...

Fr Paddy: Don’t judge people before you know them

Pope Francis often refers to the “Poison of Gossip”. Passing on bad news is negative and toxic. The more at peace we are within ourselves,...

Fr Paddy: There is light at the end of the tunnel

Even though it’s summer, this has the feel of spring about it. We seem to be like calves released from our winter hibernation, stampeding...

Laois woman at the heart of the gruelling Bristol Channel swim in support of...

On July 22, five middle aged women will set off in relay format to swim across the Bristol Channel at its widest point –...

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Fr Paddy: How the story of The Elephant Man helps us all to understand...

The movie The Elephant Man tells the true story of John Merrick. Merrick was born in the slums of England in 1862, and almost...

Fr Paddy: Celebrating the 1,500th anniversary of St Colmcille

St. Colmcille (also known as St. Columba) is one of Ireland's patron saints, a distinction he shares with St. Patrick and St. Bridget. He was...

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

This piece by John Whelan originally appeared on his Vanhalla - Camper Heaven blog earlier this year.  We have learned many things and a great...

Fr Paddy: What is peace of mind? Seven tips to help you achieve it

Peace of mind is a feeling of being safe or protected - it is the absence of worry. It’s achieving a calm state of mind...

Fr Paddy: A prayer for students during the pandemic

As we move through the month of May thousands of students prepare for exams. Young people have been particularly affected by this pandemic. Third level...

Fr Paddy: Last will and testament

The celebration of the Ascension of our Lord into Heaven is an important feast. It brings with it both promise and hope. These days...

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...
Wandering Elk cafe in Portlaoise is set to open this week

In Pictures: A sneak peek as Zach Tuohy’s Wandering Elk cafe prepares to open

Something is brewing on Bull Lane in Portlaoise. And it’s not just the smashing new pavements and cobblestones. It’s got a buzz about it. A...
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Fr Paddy: Things are getting better – a much brighter tomorrow awaits

Mary Robinson has joined more than 150 former heads of state and Nobel laureates in signing an open letter to US president Joe Biden...

Fr Paddy: Blessed Carlo Acutis – Patron of the Internet

I am greatly inspired by the life of young Cathal Clooney Abbeyleix. His recent death has left an enormous void to his wonderful family. Cathal...

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