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Singing Hallelujah priest's video removed from YouTube after 32 million hits

It’s a cold and it’s a broken hallelujah.

FATHER RAY KELLY, the singing priest from County Meath is a bona fide internet sensation.

By the start of this week the original video of him singing his own special version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah at a wedding in his parish of Oldcastle had garnered more that 30 million hits.

Now though, the video’s been removed by YouTube following a copyright claim by Sony ATV Publishing, which owns the rights to the original song.


That’s not very Christian of them, is it?

There are several copies of the video on YouTube, with most of them clocking up tens or hundreds of thousands of views. The big daddy – which was first uploaded by YouTube user Invitation Loves Jesus – is gone though.

Meanwhile Father Kelly is making the most of his new found fame with an upcoming concert in the Big Apple.

Okay, so it’s not quite Carnegie Hall but next stop for him is The Town Hall on 123 West 43rd Street.

Who needs Sony?

ray Source: Róisín Flanagan/@RositaFlangita

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