Thursday 8 December 2016

He's 'down with this sort of thing' - is Mayo's Fr John Kenny Ireland's trendiest priest?

Published 16/09/2015 | 08:21

Fr John Kenny with model Emma Quinlan
Pic: Fr John Kenny/Facebook
Fr John Kenny with model Emma Quinlan Pic: Fr John Kenny/Facebook
Fr John Kenny with model Holly Carpenter Pic: Fr John Kenny/Facebook
Fr John Kenny taking part in the Darkness to Light event Pic: Fr John Kenny/Facebook

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If Father Ted lived in the real world, he would be seething with the same amount of jealousy he held for his Eurovision rival Fr Dick Byrne.

Fr John Kenny with former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh Pic: Fr John Kenny/Facebook
Fr John Kenny with former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh Pic: Fr John Kenny/Facebook
Fr John Kenny with Mickey Mouse Pic: Fr John Kenny/Facebook

Mayo priest Fr John Kenny, who is the based in the Tuam archdiocese, is known to many for his prolific fundraising work, helping raise tens of thousands of euro for various different charities.

And to help raise the profile of the charities he works with, Fr Kenny utilises his social media accounts, which are filled with loads of fun selfies.

Fr John Kenny with a newly wed couple Pic: Fr John Kenny/Facebook
Fr John Kenny with a newly wed couple Pic: Fr John Kenny/Facebook
Fr John Kenny with model Emma Quinlan Pic: Fr John Kenny/Facebook
Fr John Kenny with the Sam Maguire Pic: Fr John Kenny/Facebook

Fr Kenny, from Partry, Co Mayo, has participated in events such as 'Cycle for Suicide' and 'Darkness Into Light'. The Laura Lynn and Barretstown charities have also benefited from Fr Kenny's fundraising efforts.

He's also taken to the catwalk for charity, looking dapper in waistcoat and bow tie.

Fr John Kenny with a wedding party Pic: Fr John Kenny/Facebook
Fr John Kenny with a wedding party Pic: Fr John Kenny/Facebook
Fr John Kenny on the catwalk for a charity event Pic: Fr John Kenny/Facebook
Fr John Kenny Pic: Fr John Kenny/Facebook

Photographs from his Facebook account - on which he has 1,800 friends - shows him posing with former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh, ITV star Christine Bleakley whom he met while she was filming series 'The Wild Atlantic Way', model Emma Quinlan and Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Speaking to the 'Irish Daily Mail', Fr Kenny said the charity events and his Facebook page brings him closer to his parishioners, as well as highlight the work the various different charities do.

Referring to his photograph with model Emma Quinlan which is used as his profile picture on his Facebook account, Fr Kenny told the newspaper: "The profile picture is a selfie with Emma, from a recent charity event.

"The poor girl was too cold to get out of the car because of what she was wearing. I just jumped into the car beside her and took the selfie for the fun of it while we were waiting around."

Charity selfies aside, Fr Kenny also takes selfies of himself with couples he has just wed.

We want this guy at our wedding.... can you imagine the fun to be had?

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