Fr. Paddy’s Blog

The Life of Matt Talbot
September 16, 2020

Matt Talbot was born May 1856 in Dublin Ireland. He was one of twelve children, six of whom lived to adulthood. His father was a heavy drinker and, as a...

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The Plague of Gossip
September 11, 2020

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 a wonderful thing to be...

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Students Are More than Points…
September 2, 2020

I have a recurring dream, it centres itself around my leaving cert. I find myself sitting my history exam and not having a clue of any of the answers. I...

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Lord Increase Our Faith
August 27, 2020

You don’t just wake up one morning, light streaming in from the window, birds fluttering about, and jump from your bed with exuberance declaring “I have a faith!” No, it’s...

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Jack Charlton……”Put them Under Pressure”
August 20, 2020

Jack Charlton’s recent death left many deeply saddened. An iconic personality, that won the hearts of the Irish people. He made people believe in themselves. His cap. His fishing. His...

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Direct Provision – A Failed System
August 14, 2020

This pandemic, is far from over, whilst hopefully it remains contained, on our Island. Here in Laois, we face the second week of restrictions, I believe necessary, in our collective...

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An Instrument of Peace
August 6, 2020

John Hume put his devotion to what was right above what was best for himself, his life’s work was given its ultimate return in the Good Friday Agreement he signed...

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Mind Your Mind
July 31, 2020

I was moved by Brendan O Connor’s interview with Brent Pope recently. Brent spoke of his reflective-time during the lockdown. He thought of his mother in New Zealand who had...

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Stay Positive
July 24, 2020

Our world screams out for poetry even if it can’t cope with it. Faith can only exist in a world of poetry. God is always big and bigger. Little minds...

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Appreciate Little Things
July 17, 2020

Ode to a mouse or a spider: Robbie Burns writes well on the little things. When he was ploughing, he disturbed the home of a mouse. He apologised in a...

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Suicide – A pandemic that continues to devastate.
July 9, 2020

During the past ten days, five lives have been lost to suicide in Laois. Wonderful lives, abruptly ended, leaving behind families overwhelmed with grief and sadness. We live in most...

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Ending Direct Provision
July 2, 2020

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Ireland have launched a new study, Protection with Dignity: Roadmap to System Change, which identifies necessary steps for system change to put an end to Direct...

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