Sunday 4 December 2016

Ireland’s singing priest: ‘All of a sudden I have a music career in the US and my own album’

Published 04/05/2015 | 11:03

Fr. Ray Kelly
Fr. Ray Kelly

Ireland’s singing priest Fr. Ray Kelly has opened up about his new career in music after shooting to the heights of internet fame last year.

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The priest, from Oldcastle Co. Meath, was recorded singing Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ in mass last April and the video was posted to Youtube where it has been watched more than 50 million times.

Since the video’s success, Fr. Kelly has recorded and released an album with Universal in America and Ireland. This week, it is set for it’s Australian launch.

“It’s been mad. I never thought this would happen at this stage of my life,” said Fr. Kelly speaking to The Irish Sun.

“”I was thinking of nearly retiring and now all of a sudden I’ve a music career,” he said.

The priest has been to Britain, Germany and the US to promote his album.

Fr. Kelly said his recent success has attracted American tourists to his Co. Meath parish, all hoping to hear the priest bang out a chorus or two from the alter.

“They might fly into Dublin airport on Sunday morning and their first port of call was to Oldcastle for 11.30am Mass and then go off on their holidays but they wanted to meet me and hear me sing,” he said. 

The priest revealed that the success hasn’t yet gone to his head though and parishioners should not expect the new levels of fame to change him.

“As for myself, there’ll be no Lambourghini outside the church or a yacht,” he said.

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