Thursday, February 18, 2016

Remembering the Concert in Olympia Theater Dublin February 2015

"Biggest gig yet"

That is what Father Ray Kelly called the concert on February 19, 2015, exactly one year ago at the Olympia Theater in Dublin Ireland. I am betting many fans only wished they had attended! The venue is just beautiful and we are 100% positive that the concert was excellent. One fan mentioned the "energy" in the performance.

Video of Sound Check

Together Forever, from the album Where I Belong, was the choice piece for performing a sound check before the concert. With only piano accompaniment the song is really just beautiful. A larger version can be found at the bottom of the page featuring the album. Scroll down to Related Video Shorts.
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The fans are hoping for more appearances this coming year but in the meantime, enjoy the photos.

The band on stage

During sound check, performing Together Forever, piano only

Father Ray Kelly at Olympia Theater

A duet as a bonus!

The Poster in front of the Olympia Theater

Father Ray himself captioned this one: "can you tell my nerves?!"

The Olympia Theater

Our favorite photo of the performance

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Memories of Childhood in the Snow

February 2015

About this time last year, Father Ray Kelly was preparing for his Dublin concert at the Olympia Theater, how time flies!
And early last year he took the time to reminds us all about childhood and playing in the snow. Photos that follow credited to Paul Connors and if you are sharp you might notice some of the playfulness in Father Ray's hand. Seems that Paul might have gotten a snowball thrown at him at some point but that's all speculation.
Enjoy the post and the photos.

Post February 2015

‘When I was a child I loved the snow. I yearned to see those large white snowflakes fall from the dark grey sky to form a big white blanket. My mother would take down our coats, hats, scalves and gloves, and help us with our boots.
We had great fun in the snow; my Dad Joe, my brother Joe, and my sisters Rosemarie and Regina would all join in the snowball fighting. Sometimes those snowballs were a way at getting back at my Dad or my older brother for making me mad at what I considered unfair! Needless to say I got many more thrown back at me than I threw, and you know they were always much more accurate with their target.
Then we would set about making the perfect snowman. We rolled and rolled the snow into a huge snowball, that would eventually become the snowman’s body once Dad's strength was on hand to sit it in position!
Once the head was placed on top we set about finding dead branches from the trees to make the arms. Then the face was formed with stones for the eyes and mouth, and a large carrot for his long nose. A few stones to create the buttons, a scarf wrapped around his neck, and one of Dad's old hats completed the perfect snowman!
He was about to come to life. Snow certainly clears the mind, and brings the child in each one of us to the fore, with childhood memories and lots of smiles.
Have a good week everyone. May all you childhood memories bring you lots of smiles’.
Father Ray.
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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Thoughts on Valentine's Day from Father Ray Kelly

Love To Make All Better

On Valentine's Day 2015 Father Ray posted a wonderful personal story and also some historical points about Valentine's Day. We are not entirely sure we believe that the charming young lad in the story never received Valentine's wish from a (many a) girl, but we'll take him for his word.
Here is the post:
A Valentines message from Father Ray:
'As a young boy growing up, I always waited with excitement as the postman dropped all the cards in our letterbox on St Valentine's Day. They were usually all for my brother and sisters, but I never gave up hope!
When I came home from school, mine had arrived. I opened it with joy and excitement, and placed it in a special place for everyone to see. Of course I never even questioned that there was no stamp on the envelope.
On the 14th February every year my card would arrive as regular as clockwork. As I got older, one day I happened to be looking for something in my Mum's room, and hidden in a drawer were four more years of my Valentine card. I placed them back in the same position as I found them. I said nothing, I smiled, and I thought ‘thanks Mum’.
Did you know that the origin of this holiday for the expression of love is not really romantic at all?
Valentine was a Roman Priest at the time when Claudias was the Emperor of Rome, and who also persecuted the Church at that time. Claudias also had an edict that prohibited the marriage of young people. This was based on the theory that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers, because married soldiers might be afraid of what happened to them or their wives or families if they died in battle.
St Valentine lived in a very permissive society. Polygamy would have been much more popular than just one woman and one man living together. Yet some of them were attracted to the Christian faith. But obviously the Church thought that marriage was very sacred between one man and one woman for their life, and that it was to be encouraged. And so it caused a problem for the Christian Church, as to what to do with those attracted to the Christian faith.
Valentine was all for them to marry in the Christian Church. And indeed, he secretly married them, despite the edict issued by Claudias. Valentine was eventually caught, imprisoned and tortured for performing marriage ceremonies against the command of Claudias.
There are many stories about his imprisonment. One was that of a man named Asterius, a man who whose daughter was blind. He was supposed to have prayed and healed his daughter, with the result that Asterius himself became a Christian.
In the year 269 AD Valentine was sentenced to execution, all because of his stand for Christian Marriage. The story goes that the last words he wrote were in a note to Asterius' daughter. He inspired today's cards and greetings by signing it ‘FROM YOUR VALENTINE’.
Valentine's martyrdom has not gone unnoticed by the general public. In fact, Whitefriars St Church in Dublin is one of the three churches that claim to house the remains of Valentine. Today many people make the pilgrimage to the Church to honour the courage and memory of this Christian saint.
Valentine has come to be known as the patron saint of lovers. So today we celebrate it by giving flowers, chocolates, red hearts and dinner dates to the loved ones in our lives.
I hope you all have a very happy Valentines Day tomorrow'.
Father Ray.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sad News on Father Ray Kelly's Facebook Page

February 11, 2016

We are deeply saddened and heartbroken to hear about Father Ray's sister Regina's passing. Regina was a young vibrant 59 and Father Ray just mentioned on a recent interview how "she pulled out all the stops" yearly to make Christmas dinner for the family. Thoughts and prayers for strength and peace are with Father Ray Kelly and his family.

Please see announcement on his Facebook Page:
I am so sad to announce that my beautiful sister Regina lost her battle against cancer at 8.40am this morning. May she rest in peace.

Link to announcement

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Monday, February 8, 2016

More Memories: Besties 2014, Father Ray Kelly Wins an Award

Fun Awards

Bet nobody outside Ireland knew about the "Besties" before this! These are the Irish Viral Video Awards and the video that started it all definitely took the top.
Here is Father Ray with his award and the message posted on Facebook about that and his (2015) upcoming concert in Dublin's Olympia Theater in February 2015.

(Posted on February 2015)

A personal message from Father Ray...

'Hello everyone. I hope you’re having a great weekend, whatever you’re up to.
Well it's less than two weeks to go before my BIG GIG at the Olympia in Dublin! My manager Gordon and my musical director have been here with me planning the programme and song selection for the show.
As we were preparing it I have to admit feeling very excited, but having feelings of anxiousness too. Oh I know it will be all right on the night, in fact I really believe it will be a great show on the night. So if there is a bit of heart-pounding in my chest, and butterflies in my stomach, then it's ok because I believe having those feelings is part of my body's way of helping me to do my best.
I got a lovely surprise this week too. I received a beautiful trophy. As you know my version of ‘Hallelujah’ at Chris & Leah’s wedding went viral, receiving over 40 million hits on YouTube (and still climbing!) So to mark that I won a 2014 Besties Award (the Irish Viral Video Awards for Ireland).
I have to say I love awards like that, something I will always have.
Stay safe, and hopefully I’ll be seeing some of you at the concert on the 19th'.
Father Ray.
Sound check photo at the Olympia Theater, Dublin 2015

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Memories From 2015, Personal Messages from Father Ray Kelly

Photo credit Universal Music Ireland
Oh how we enjoyed seeing those words through the past years! Of the Facebook postings we enjoyed the most in 2014 and 2015 were the "Personal Messages" that Father Ray Kelly would write on occasion to update his fans on his adventures and daily life.
Here is one that Father Ray posted to kick off 2015; by then the album Where I Belong had been released and Fr Ray was on full promoting mode. A couple of concerts were in the lineup and an upcoming trip to New York City for St Patrick's Day. Whew!
But first, Father Ray shares his 2014 Christmas with family and kicks off plans for 2015. We will be plucking more of these gems from Father Ray Kelly's Official Facebook Page.

 A personal message from Father Ray (January 2015):
"Happy New Year to everyone! I love Christmas, and it was very short for me this year with my family, just over 24 hours to be exact, as I was back in my parish for an evening mass on Boxing Day or St Stephen's day.
Christmas Day began with celebrating the Eucharist (Mass) with my two parish communities in Moylagh and Oldcastle. After that I packed my car with pressies for the family and my two dogs Biddy and Buddy. I celebrated Mass again with my family in my home in Tyrrellspass, and then it was off to see my sister in Kilbeggan for feasting with some of her family.
When there are children around Christmas is always so special, and my sister’s daughter Gillian, along with her husband and four children, were with us for the Christmas dinner. Needless to say, her children were still full of the joys of Santa Claus, although getting more tired every minute as they were awake from about 5.00am!
They were excited to hear that Santa Claus phoned me on my mobile during my two Christmas Eve Masses. He has made a habit of this now for a number of years, and all the children along with their parents at the Masses have come to expect it!
Their 18-day-old brother Conal brought new life to the celebrations, and a new focus and a reminder for me of the birth of the infant Jesus Christ, the prince of peace, the inspiration and anchor in my life. Then five days after Christmas the newest member of my family arrive; my niece Jenny and her husband Jonathan gave birth to a little girl Lara, a sister of Levi.
A week after Christmas I was informed that my album ‘Where I Belong’ had gone platinum! WOW! So exciting, what a great start to the new year!
My album is going to be released in the UK on Jan 19th, and then my focus will be preparing for the biggest gig of my life, at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin. Then my US fans will get a chance to hear my album on 9th March, so exciting times ahead for 2015!
I’m really looking forward to the year ahead, and if it is as exciting as the last nine months then bring it on!
Happy New Year Everyone. May it be a year of peace, happiness, contentment and good health". Father Ray Kelly.
Photo by Paul Connors

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