Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St Patrick's Day and a Happy Birthday to the Pups

St Patrick's Day!

Many Facebook updates, stay tuned to the Facebook Page for the latest.
Father Ray wishes everyone a Happy St Patrick's Day!
Buddy and Biddy's birthday is also today, Happy Birthday
to them!!

Germany Celebrations Recap

Here is the Facebook Post:
I had the pleasure of spending last weekend as an invited guest to Munich in Germany for their St Patrick' s Celebrations. Having had a wonderful guide to show me some of the sites of the city. 1. Town Hall with its Carillion which plays four different tunes on the hour. We climbed the 306 steps to the bell tower of St Peter' s Church where we saw some wonderful scenes and buildings of the city.
On Saturday we had our St Patrick's Mass at 6.pm in St Ludwig Church
I was the main celebrant at the Mass and while I delivered my homily in English, Mary Ronane followed me with a perfect German translation.
The Mass was attended by over 1000 people and our music was provided by Dean Power (Tenor ), Teresa O'Donnell ( Harp ), Abigail McDonagh ( Violin ) and Dermot Hyde ( Uilleann Pipes ) I sung the Gloria during the Mass and led the people with Hail Glorious Saint Patrick.
After the Mass each there was a short concert and each musician entertained the congregation in the church and needless to say I sang "Hallelujah".
Meanwhile, from about midday on the Saturday, Bavarian TV were making a tv programme including myself with famous chef Fritz Haring. He runs a Resturaunt on the lake outside Munich in a small town called Tutzinger and he travels the world making tv programs. The show will probably not feature on Bavarian TV until St Patrick' s Celebrations 2018.
Then it was off the Hofbrauhaus for the Pre Parade Party where there was a sold out night of entertainment. Over 600 fitted into the hall. I entertained the audience with a selection of Songs from my album "Where I Belong". In the Irish spirit of the evening, Galway Bay and Danny Boy were the favourites and I finished up with "Hallelujah". I was delighted to meet two of my special friends Marion and Tomas from Dresden who came with their young daughter to the show to say hello.
Last year they invited me to Dresden to sing at their wedding and we have become very close friends since then.
St Patrick was in attendance too.
At 9.30am on Sunday morning, we attended our pre parade breakfast. I met the Irish Minister of Agriculture, Michael Creed, after a typical Irish/ English breakfast it was off to the parade for a midday start.
I was in a horse-drawn carriage and I thought I should make friends with the horses before they pulled me along. Thousands of people lined the streets (estimated at 20,000). I felt like royalty in my carriage as I waved to the people. Minister Creed met some of his Kerrygold Cows on the parade. And The "Walking Man " stretched out his arm as we passed him along Leopold Boulevard.
When we reached the platform on the Wittelsbacherplatz I blessed to Shamrock in the Irish language. Then various speakers including our Irish Minister spoke and the the real party started with plenty of entertainment for a few hours. Again I sang my few Irish songs and finished up with Hallelujah.
My sincere thanks to Fr Nial Leahy for his kind hospitality over the weekend, and to Paul Daly, David Dempsey and all the organising committee for inviting me to be part of this special Irish Weekend in Munich. I hope we can do it again sometime.




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Monday, March 13, 2017

St Patrick's Celebrations in Germany, a very busy Fr Ray Kelly

From Germany

A bit of publicity!
http://www.sueddeutsche.de/muenchen/gottesdienst-youtube-priester-singt-fuer-muenchen-1.3414649


Translated page (verbatim) from Süddeutsche Zeitung München:

Youtube priest sings a "Hallelujah" for Munich

 2014!  People, pictures, emotions - RTL Jahresrueckblick
After his success on the Internet, Father Ray Kelly got records and television appearances. (Photo: Andreas Rentz / Getty Images)
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On Saturday, 11 March, at 6 pm, the singing priest Father Ray Kelly comes to a church service in the St. Ludwig church in the Maxvorstadt.
The occasion is St. Patrick's Day, the Irish national holiday.
Ray Kelly was known worldwide three years ago by his version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah".
By Franziska Gerlach
He is an Internet star with a good line to the sky, and on Saturday he wants to bring his message to the Munich - and especially the song that has made him known worldwide: "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen . This weekend is also celebrated on the Isar of St. Patrick's Day, the national holiday of the Irish. And on this occasion comes Father Ray Kelly: On Saturday, 11 . March, at 6 pm, the singing priest in St. Maxvorstadt celebrates a worship for the National Saint, together with the Irish Jesuit priest Niall Leahy SJ.

It was also the clergy who worked for the Pfarrverband Grünwald, who invited him to Munich. The two countrymen are told in English and German, as Ray Kelly tells. Above all, the 63- year-old priest from County Meath wants to sing his version of "Hallelujah" with the Munichers, the song with which he became known worldwide three years ago.


The 1984 song , written by the recently deceased Songpoeten, is one of the most popular songs ever. Not so easy, so to excite attention. Although Kelly has sung as a child and later charity albums released. But he did not have a career on the net when he sang a "Hallelujah" as a surprise for a wedding couple in April 2014 . A wedding guest filmed the singing insert and put the video on the net. More than 55 million copies were called up to date, followed by records and TV shows, the full program.

The man does not seem exaggerated. In his sermon in St. Louis, he says calmly, he would like to bring the message of hope and faith to the Munich ministers, the message of hope and faith that was also the concern of St. Patrick. This is said to have lived in the fifth century and is considered the most important spreader of the Christian faith in Ireland. Everywhere in the world St. Patrick's Day is celebrated, on the European mainland the Munich Parade is the largest. It starts on Sunday, 12 . March, at twelve o'clock at the Münchner Freiheit, and crossed Leopold- and Ludwigstraße as far as Wittelsbacherplatz.


That on Sunday the Fröttmaninger stadium will shine green, Kelly has already heard. Perhaps he will also check out this, because Kelly wants to make sightseeing in Munich and refresh memories - more than 40 years ago he was here last.

Facebook post from Fr Ray





Hallelujah performance, now on YouTube:





Blessing of the Shamrock






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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Spotify Play List and St Patrick's Concert Reminder

Father Ray on Spotify!

We would have very much wanted to see Fr Ray's expression, when a crystal ball, way back in April 2014, predicted that he would be a YouTube sensation, a Facebook celebrity and a Spotify star. Here is the Facebook post with the Spotify play list for St Patrick's Day.



Don't Forget to go to Germany!

Coming up is the celebration of Mass and a concert in Germany. Lucky lucky German fans!

Irish Mass in honor of St Patrick

The Irish Mass in honor of Saint Patrick will take place in the
University Church of St. Ludwig on March 11 at 18:00.
The main celebrant: Fr. Ray Kelly, "the singing priest". Google: Fr. Ray Kelly Halleluia.
Irish music. In German, English and Irish.
Celebrate With a Concert!
Then: Munich's Irish Night 2017 at 20:00 with Fr. Ray Kelly at the Hofbräuhaus - Festsaal.
Http://www.stpatricksday.de




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