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Ireland's 'Singing Priest' becomes global sensationFrom an improvised studio in his house in a rural corner of Ireland, Father Ray Kelly has become a global singing sensation and fans now mingle with longtime parishioners in his flock.The 62-year-old clergyman's unexpected music career kicked off a year ago and now includes a platinum-selling album, 42 million YouTube hits and chat show appearances all across the world.Afterward as Kelly walked from the church, a well-dressed woman stopped him at the door.In the 1970s before becoming a priest, Kelly had voice training and often took part in talent competitions in Dublin pubs.Kelly said his bishop has been very "supportive and encouraging".In recent years, the Catholic Church in Ireland has been badly damaged by revelations about abuse and exploitation stretching back decades.Despite strong sales and the occasional concert, Kelly has yet to receive any significant royalties.
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