Irish Priest Singing Hallelujah For Wedding Couple
This priest has become an internet sensation after he stunned a congregation by SINGING during a mass.
Fr Ray Kelly from Oldcastle, Co Meath, revealed he loves shocking mass-goers with his hidden talent.
The 60-year-old cleric broke into song – Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah – at the end of a mass and left his audience speechless.
The video has since been shared around the world clocking up hundreds of thousands of views in less than a week.
But the talented priest described how he’s taking it all in his stride.
He said: “I’m singing for a while now. I’ve been doing it since I was a lad, I like to sing. It’s like that.
“It was always in the genes. I was part of the all priests show in Dublin and that broke up a while back.
“But this couple, Leah and Chris O’Kane, they weren’t from the parish at all so they didn’t know I sang.
“Normally if it’s a local wedding, they ask me to sing a song but this couple didn’t know.”
And Fr Kelly described how he mentioned his abilities to the bride to be at the rehearsal but she thought he was joking.
He told Ryan Tubridy on 2FM: “At the rehearsal on Thursdays she was telling me the music that was going to be played.
“And I said sure maybe I’ll give you an auld song myself and she smiled and sad ye, ye okay, okay.
“Then I put on my track for on the day and that’s when it took off.
“The backing track is actually JLS – but don’t tell them.
“I got some standing ovations and a big cheer and a roar. I could see the faces of people there and saw the heads you know, saying ‘where’s that coming from, oh he’s miming oh he’s not’.
“That’s kind of how it builds up.”
Fr Kelly told how he likes to bring music to his mass and that makes it more fun for all involved.
But the people of Oldcastle could have been without the crooning cleric as he only joined the priesthood when he was 35.
Fr Kelly explained: “I’ve been a priest for 25 years. I was in the civil service for 10 years but then I went to the priesthood.
“It was a decision I made over a couple of years. John Paul II came to Ireland in 79 and a few of us went. Then we all went over as part of a Catholic youth group soon after.
“Whether that had an influence, I don’t know.”