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Ireland's wedding-singer priest an internet hit

DUBLIN (AP) -- Father's got talent.

An Irish priest has become a social-media sensation after he surprised a bride and groom by singing a custom-made cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" at their wedding.

Video of the Rev. Ray Kelly's altar-side performance has shot to the top of YouTube in Ireland with more than 240,000 viewings since it was posted Monday following the weekend nuptials of Chris and Leah O'Kane.

The parish priest in the town of Oldcastle, northwest of Dublin, started his version with the words: "We join together here today, to help two people on their way, as Leah and Chris start their life together."

Kelly wins laughter midway as he raises his eyebrows at the stunned couple, and offers a playful wink at the end.

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236Comments
May 30, 2014 10:51AM
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If Father Ray Kelly does not get you closer to God with this song nothing ever will. God Bless Father Ray Kelly.
May 10, 2014 2:42PM
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Everyone under the sun has done their own version of this song and they are available...why is this one removed?
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I am getting an error here, This Video is no longer available due to copyright infringement by Sony.  What???
Apr 28, 2014 5:42AM
Apr 26, 2014 11:01AM
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Beautiful and so very, very special!
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