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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

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...
Fr Paddy colum's this week is about remaining positive

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...

Fr Paddy: ‘Live simply, share generously’ – the impact of Fr Peter McVerry interview...

Tommy Tiernan has inched ahead of Ryan Tubridy in the battle for RTÉ’s weekend viewers after his most recent show clocked up 12,000 more...

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...

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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...

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...
Pope Francis

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...

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