VIDEO: Irish Priest’s Version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’

Video of Father Ray Kelly’s version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” was taped at a recent wedding in Ireland. The priest is from Oldcastle, Co. Meath, Ireland. He  told reporters that the couple had no idea what was going to happen. Father Kelly changed the lyrics to make the song more suitable. He’s made a few albums for local charities.


Oldcastle is the birthplace of St. Oliver Plunkett. The last Irish Catholic Martyr to die in England. The Plunkett family estate was stolen by the English after Cromwell’ and his “Model Army” slaughtered the indigent Irish. St. Oliver Plunkett was hanged, drawn & quartered in Tyburn, London in 1681 on false charges. That’s how “land grabs” happened in those days.

Hanged, Drawn, and Quartered: Convicts were fastened to a hurdle, or wooden panel, and drawn by horse to the place of execution, where they were hanged (almost to the point of death), emasculated, disembowelled, beheaded and quartered (chopped into four pieces). Their remains were often displayed in prominent places across the country, such as London Bridge.,_drawn_and_quartered

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