St Ciaran's Church in Carnaross will host a very special evening with international signing stars, The Priests, on Friday 15th April.
This is only date that The Priests have booked in Ireland this year. It came about thanks to a connection between local parish priest, Monsignor John Hanly, and the talented trio, which dates back to their days studying in the Irish College in Rome.
It was at St MacNissi's College near Carnlough in Co Antrim where Fr Eugene O'Hagan, his brother Fr Martin O'Hagan and Fr David Delargy, met for the first time and realised their musical prowess as a singing trio. They are better know these days as the global superstars, The Priests, and have become one the biggest success stories in music, having some three million album sales behind them.
The Priests' self-titled debut album was released in 2008 and stormed the official album charts to number five and became the fastest-selling UK debut for a classical act, a record which was recorded by the Guinness Book of Records.
Their second album, 'Harmony', was released in 2009 and on 6th December last, they released their third album, which featured a collaboration with none other than Shane McGowan on 'Little Drummer Boy'.
After leaving St MacNissi's, the trio followed their vocation training at a seminary in Belfast. During that time, they all studied under the Belfast-based singing teacher, Frank Capper, MBE.
The Priests concluded their training at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome where Fr Eugene studied for seven years, Fr Martin five years and Fr David for four years. While studying in Rome, one of their tutors was Monsignor John Hanly, who is now parish priest in Carnaross.
While in Rome, Fr Eugene took advantage of the fact that he was able to have singing lessons from Sergio Ballani.