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Songwriting nun teams up with Priests

By Ivan Little

Northern Ireland’s internationally renowned clerical singing stars The Priests have collared a musical nun as one of their newest songwriters.

Sister Briege O'Hare, originally from Newry, has been recruited to write a special hymn for the tuneful trio who have sold millions of their albums throughout the world.

Sr Briege has been writing songs for years at the Poor Clare Monastery at Faughart, near Dundalk in Co Louth.

Seven albums of her work have been released.

But now she has received the blessing of The Priests, who will sing her latest composition, Lord Teach Us To Pray, at a festival in Armagh in July.

Sr Briege commented: “I am a big fan of The Priests and I am over the Moon at the prospect of hearing them singing one of my pieces.

“I’m not a singer myself and I get another nun from the Mercy Order, Sister Marie Cox, to record my songs.”

Sister Briege has never met the platinum-selling group before.

Fr Eugene O'Hagan and his brother Fr Martin, together with Fr David Delargy, juggle parish life in Northern Ireland with international appearances, including a performance for Pope Benedict last September.

The Priests’ latest recruit has insisted she won't let her new-found stardom go to her head.

“I have absolutely no thoughts about following them into the charts,” she said.

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