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I did it for the craic, says priest who played The Sash at Mass and put a smile on many a face amid pandemic

Fermanagh's Canon Jimmy McPhillips has made headlines with his attempt to cheer up parishioners. But he tells Ivan little that he never expected it to be such internet smash

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Father Jimmy McPhillips

Father Jimmy McPhillips

Canon Jimmy McPhillips

Canon Jimmy McPhillips

Ian Paisley

Ian Paisley

Father Jimmy McPhillips

The Fermanagh priest who has become an internet sensation after he played The Sash at his Sunday morning Mass has broken his silence to say that he did it for "the craic" and that his choice of music was no clerical error.

Canon Jimmy McPhillips has revealed that he has had thank you messages from Orange lodges as far apart as Dungannon and London, who said they had had a laugh at him finishing his 11.30am service with a recorded rendition from his smartphone of The Sash played by an unidentified flute band.

Friends insisted on Thursday that the Orange Order's regalia is not a Sash this unusual priest ever wore.