Eye on the past

Tom Cox writes about: The winds of change

      A LITTLE over a week ago, we were spending some time in my native Roscommon. In a run of unseasonably kind weather, I had reacquainted myself with my favourite cycling routes and decided to branch out and...

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Tom Cox: The Dunnes of Brittas

              AS any regular reader of this column will know, from time to time...

Monday, 02/08/21 - 12:37pm Read More

Boys from every barony

        LAST month, I left you with a poser on the number of townlands I pass through...

Saturday, 08/05/21 - 12:36pm Read More

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

Time To Think

Fr Paddy Byrne: We must do more to combat climate change

        THE two young ladies were noisy … Vinisha Umashankar and Greta Thunberg. Vinisha said: “We’ll build the future, even if you are stuck in the past. I’m not just a girl from India, I’m a girl...

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Got a phobia? … say a little prayer

Sunday, 07/11/21 - 10:49am Read More

Fr Paddy Byrne: November – a time to remember

      HALLOWEEN did not come from Hollywood; rather, its origins are strongly connected to ancient Celtic roots. In...

Monday, 01/11/21 - 11:32am Read More

Paralympians are an inspiration to us all

    THERE was once a bunch of tiny frogs, who arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach...

Sunday, 12/09/21 - 9:05am Read More

TIme to think: The giver is bigger than the receiver

      I LOVE this story from Katharine Hepburn’s childhood; it’s beautiful, in her own words: “Once, when I...

Sunday, 08/08/21 - 5:40pm Read More

Fr Paddy Byrne: Harvest … a time to give thanks

      TIME seems to be flying by. It’s hard to believe that August has arrived so quickly! I...

Sunday, 01/08/21 - 8:53am Read More

Fr Paddy Byrne: Grandparents truly are a real blessing

      THIS week, we are invited to reflect on the role of grandparents in a special way. Family...

Sunday, 25/07/21 - 5:00pm Read More

Fr Paddy Byrne: Time to think – Gathering around the table …

  I WAS really disappointed for so many children and families, who again were prohibited from celebrating Baptisms, Communions and...

Saturday, 10/07/21 - 10:45am Read More

Fr Paddy Byrne: Don’t judge others before you know them

        POPE Francis often refers to the ‘poison of gossip’. Passing on bad news is negative and...

Saturday, 03/07/21 - 6:53pm Read More

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...

Tuesday, 25/05/21 - 1:24pm Read More