Eye on the past

Boys from every barony

        LAST month, I left you with a poser on the number of townlands I pass through on one of my regular 5km-limited cycle routes. It’s a question I couldn’t answer myself at the time, and I’m...

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Tom Cox: Eye on the past

    Did you know there are 1,111 townlands in Co Laois, according to the townlands.ie website. In his monthly column,...

Monday, 05/04/21 - 1:26pm Read More

Tom Cox is ‘Digging in the garden’

  I LEFT you last month promising to do a bit of digging in the garden. The garden in question...

Saturday, 07/11/20 - 4:00pm Read More

Tom Cox: An Eye on the past

My bicycle pumps Pump opposite St Brigid’s National School building. YOU may wonder how I dream up the subject matter...

Saturday, 01/08/20 - 12:38pm Read More

Tom Cox: Eye on the Past

The humble spud Tom Cox happily digging-up his first crop of new potatoes LAST week, I had a brief dalliance...

Sunday, 05/07/20 - 12:17pm Read More

Seeing the light

LAST week, I was on my way to Dublin airport on the happy errand of collecting our youngest and her...

Thursday, 23/04/15 - 11:10am Read More

Rathmoyle revisited

IF YOU have been following this column over the last few weeks, you will know that a stroll down Lansdowne...

Friday, 17/04/15 - 10:43am Read More

Falling through the cracks

LAST week, while exploring Laois connections to early 20th-century Dublin, I indulged in a bit of family nostalgia as I...

Friday, 10/04/15 - 10:06am Read More

A walk down Lansdowne Road

IT’S been a while since I found myself in the environs of the capital with time on my hands. But...

Wednesday, 01/04/15 - 3:36pm Read More

Within The Pale

LAST week, I happened to come across a report concerning the latest revision of Irish statute law. Ordinarily, such a...

Friday, 27/03/15 - 9:54am Read More

Time To Think

Fr paddy Byrne: Time to think

  AS we move through the month of May, thousands of students are preparing for exams. Young people have been particularly affected by this pandemic, especially third-level students who have been engaged online for over a year. Think of the...

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Fr Paddy Byrne: A much brighter tomorrow

MARY Robinson has joined more than 150 former heads of state and Nobel laureates in signing an open letter to...

Sunday, 02/05/21 - 4:28pm Read More

Fr Paddy Byrne: Time to think

      I AM greatly inspired by the life of young Cathal Clooney from Abbeyleix. His recent death has...

Sunday, 25/04/21 - 12:41pm Read More

Live simply, share generously’ – Fr Peter McVerry

    TOMMY Tiernan has inched ahead of Ryan Tubridy in the battle for RTÉ’s weekend viewers after one of...

Saturday, 17/04/21 - 12:42pm Read More

Easter – a time for all mankind to hope ..

  IT HAS been a tough year since last Easter, and many people, Christians and others, have found ways of...

Saturday, 03/04/21 - 3:40pm Read More

Fr Paddy Byrne: Time to think

    We need one another now more than ever CAROLE King’s fabulous song ***Tapestry*** begins with these words: ‘My...

Saturday, 13/03/21 - 12:48pm Read More

Fr Paddy Byrne: 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...

Wednesday, 17/02/21 - 11:43am Read More

Fr Paddy Byrne has had ‘Time to think’ about RTE’s New Year’s offensive sketch

  THE head of the Catholic Church in Ireland recently expressed shock over what he says is a “blasphemous” satirical...

Sunday, 10/01/21 - 12:59pm Read More

Joe Biden … a man of faith

    HE carries a rosary in his pocket, one that belonged to his late son Beau. On election day...

Sunday, 29/11/20 - 12:30pm Read More

FR PADDY BYRNE: TIME TO THINK

Ten spiritual tips for winter lockdown Fr Paddy Byrne 1) LIFE IS MESSY The lived experience of life is what...

Thursday, 05/11/20 - 10:44am Read More