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The Greatest Story Ever Told………..

Posted on
Friday, December 8th, 2017

About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was the  governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s hometown, for the census. As a descendant of

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Homelessness Is Never Normal

Posted on
Friday, December 1st, 2017

Two homeless men including one living in a tent in Ranelagh, died this week. Citizens deprived of shelter and heat grow daily. On these desperately cold winter nights, we must never become desensitised to the plight of homeless citizens, not to mention over 3,000 children this Christmas.

One would think that in such a setting, it would be the best

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Advent…..A Season of Preparation for the Coming of Christ

Posted on
Friday, November 24th, 2017

My recent book “All Will Be Well” is a personal reflection about my own life told through the lens of faith and hopefulness. I’m delighted with this publication. A must read for Christmas!!

In fairness so often we can be bombarded with negativity and bad news. It’s sometimes very important to take that deep breath and simply trust All Will

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Potatoes, Eggs and Coffee Beans

Posted on
Friday, November 17th, 2017

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 to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled

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Portlaoise Midlands Hospital- An Essential Service

Posted on
Friday, November 10th, 2017

A recent public meeting regarding maintaining essential and lifesaving services, in Portlaoise General Hospital, was extremely well attended. There was universal consensus, that Portlaoise Midlands Hospital, is a fundamental service for over 250,000 citizens from Counties Laois, Offaly, Carlow, Tipperary and Kildare who avail of the hospital. In 2016, almost 30,000 people were treated in the A+E Department. This life

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We Are Called To Holiness

Posted on
Friday, November 3rd, 2017

It is quite amazing that we who have faith and believe we will live forever can sometimes allow ourselves to be influenced or contaminated by the unspiritual viewpoint of western culture. We could have heaven on earth, but sometimes we create hell on earth. So many carry the burden and mental exhaustion of living hectic lives that fail to nourish

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November; A Time to Remember

Posted on
Friday, October 27th, 2017

November 2017 is a time to remember all our loved ones who have gone before us. Death is that challenging confrontation that reminds us “We are only here for a short time”. Death points us to mystery. A Christian proclamation, “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again”.

As millions of children and adults participate in the fun

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Government Homelessness Plan Doomed to Fail

Posted on
Friday, October 20th, 2017

Housing is perhaps the greatest challenge this government faces. The chronic lack of social housing coupled with rising house prices intensifies the issue of growing homelessness. In recent years four Government housing strategies, addressing this crisis seems to have failed to bring solution to this real issue felt by too many citizens in this Republic. In a statement on Tuesday

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