Fr. Paddy’s Blog

Keep Life Simple
September 22, 2023

Once upon a time there was a businessman who was sitting on the beach in a small Italian village. As he sat, taking a brief break from the stress of...

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The Season Of Creation
September 15, 2023

Recent Harvest Thanksgiving Masses, in our local churches, have been a source of deep inspiration. The colour, fragrance, coupled with creativity and gratitude, offered hope and consolation for many people...

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Never Give Up
September 7, 2023

This month of September, has begun with bright, warm sunshine. We all respond positively to light and warmth, its energy helps us to grow and blossom. I was particularly inspired,...

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September….. A Time To Harvest
August 31, 2023

Imagine that you had to employ a gardener. You ask around among your friends and  neighbours, and eventually you hear of two gardeners who are available. From people who have...

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Building Solid Foundations
August 25, 2023

This was a major week, for over 60,000 students who recieved their leaving certificate results. Sincere best wishes to all students, who soon begin a new journey. I suggest that...

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Be Kind To Your Mind
August 17, 2023

I remember being very moved by Brendan O'Connor’s interview with Brent Pope some time ago. Brent spoke of his reflective time during the lockdown. He thought of his mother in...

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Room In The Church For Everyone
August 11, 2023

At 86, Pope Francis, is the oldest Pontiff in over 120 years. Last June, he underwent serious surgery and has made a remarkable recovery. His words and actions, in recent...

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When will the sun come out to shine…
August 4, 2023

As I write this article, I look out and wonder when the sun will come out. July has been the wettest month ever recorded on this island. Unfortunately, so far...

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The Month of August
July 28, 2023

This week we begin the month of August, traditionally the harvest season. Weather has been a huge focus on conversation and contemplation in recent times. July, on our island was...

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The Cost of ‘Stars’
July 20, 2023

Every institution needs to be accountable, transparent and discerning. We have lived through the consequences of poor governance and its drastic consequences from Church to Banking, the latest on this...

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Sitting In Silence
July 13, 2023

From the crowded city streets to the busy town hall square, from the local village community to the crofter’s moorland cottage we find human beings going about their business. Some...

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Caoimhín (Kevin) O’Neill R.I.P.
July 7, 2023

Kevin was a giant of a man in so many ways. Throughout his life in all things his role was one of captain, the eldest and proud captain of the...

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