I remember been in the folk choir down in Oldcastle, Co. Meath where I am originally from and we used to sing at the the Masses. Fr. Ray Kelly is the parish priest there and he used to sing too at the Masses songs such as The Old Wooden Cross and You Raise Me Up. He clearly loves singing, always has and it is great to see him getting noticed for his singing.
Father Kelly sang at bride and groom Chris and Leah O’Kane’s wedding a version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah with the lyrics wrote by a young girl from Enniskillen.
Fr. Kelly said,
“Normally local people know I sing at weddings, funerals or when I’m asked, but they didn’t know – the bride Leah is from Dublin and the groom Chris is from Cookstown in County Tyrone,’ he told BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback radio programme. They were having their reception at a hotel about ten miles away and chose our church. We had the rehearsal on Thursday evening and at the end I said, “sure maybe I’ll sing an aul song for you myself” – Leah grinned and said “OK sure” but I don’t think she was taking it too seriously.”
The YouTube video of Fr Kelly’s amazing performance has already been watched more than 16 million times at present but I’m sure that figure with rise.
You can view the video here:
He has appeared on with Ray D’Arcy. You can view him on talking here:
Last night he appeared on The Late Late Show:
Best of luck Father Ray with everything! 🙂