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Vocalist with The Priests group tells of his million-selling debut and chat with Queen

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Alf McCreary

By Alf McCreary

The Queen and Joanna Lumley are two of the people who have most impressed Fr Eugene O'Hagan, one of the three members of singing group The Priests.

This week on the 11th anniversary of signing a recording contract with Sony he talked about his remarkable musical career along with brother Fr Martin O'Hagan and their friend Fr David Delargy.

"At a Buckingham Palace gathering the Queen spoke with us directly for a good 20 minutes," he explained.

"We asked if the Corgis would be joining us, but she said they would be too frightened by the crowd.

"We chatted about Pope Francis, whom she was due to meet later that week. She said that she should have asked us to sing, but that it would have to wait to next time. You just never know".

Fr O'Hagan was also impressed by Lumley, whom he met on the Jonathan Ross TV show. He said: "She struck me as being a very sincere, balanced and hugely entertaining person."

In our What I Believe series today Fr O'Hagan, chancellor of the Down and Connor Diocese, talks about the experience of their debut album selling 1m copies.

He also talks about his life as a cleric and says that in his early days in Andersonstown Parish he had serious doubts if he had made the right decision to join the priesthood.

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