April 9, 2014 3:38 pm
Updated: April 17, 2014 1:52 pm

WATCH: Irish priest belts out ‘Hallelujah’ at wedding


ABOVE: Watch Rev. Ray Kelly sing a custom version of “Hallelujah”

DUBLIN – 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 Canadian Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at their wedding.

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Video of Rev. Ray Kelly’s altar-side performance has shot to the top of YouTube in Ireland with more than 310,000 viewings since it was posted Monday following the weekend nuptials of Chris and Leah O’Kane.

The parish priest in the town of Oldcastle in County Meath, 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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