Saturday 24 February 2018

'Singing priest relative inspires me', says Voice hopeful Dolores

Dolores Kelly
Dolores Kelly

Eimear Rabbitt

Fr Ray Kelly shot to fame after a video of his singing Hallelujah went viral - now a relative of his is hoping to follow in his footsteps.

His cousin's daughter, Dolores Kelly, who also hails from Westmeath, is preparing to woo the Voice of Ireland judges with the Killers' tune All These Things.

Father Ray Kelly (inset) scored unlikely fame after a video of him singing the Leonard Cohen hit at a wedding in 2014 was watched by millions of people on YouTube. It led to him securing a record deal with Universal Music Ireland and releasing his own album.

After the video went viral, Father Ray appeared on The Late Late Show. He has also been interviewed by Ellen De Generes on US TV and has received thousands of requests to officiate at weddings all over the world.

Fr Ray Kelly
Fr Ray Kelly

"I didn't tell him I was doing the competition, I didn't tell many people at all," Dolores told the Herald.

"He is great and he's always singing at family gatherings and loves to do a lot of my favourite songs.

"I want to tell him face to face, so the next time I see him we will have a chat about it - and if I get through he can give me tips," she added with a laugh.

The 28-year-old, who is hoping that her fellow county man Bressie turns his chair for her, has a new lease of life ever since cancelling her wedding two years ago.

"It was just a case of being in a relationship where you don't want to disappoint anyone, but you realise that the two people just aren't right for each other," Dolores said.

"The relationship just wasn't working, but we are both in good places now and have stayed friends."

Dolores was joined at the Voice of Ireland audition by her new boyfriend James, parents and best friend.


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