Newry-born songwriting nun teams up with ‘The Priests’

April 19, 2011

By Brónagh Murphy

A Newry-born nun has teamed up with the well-known clerical singing trio, The Priests, as one of their newest song-writers.

Sister Briege O’Hare has been recruited to write a special hymn for the group, who have sold millions of albums throughout the world.

Sister Briege resides at the Poor Clare Monastery at Faughart, Dundalk and has been writing songs for years.  Seven albums of her work have been released.

Now she has received the blessing of The Priests, who will sing her latest composition ‘Lord Teach Us To Pray’ at the Archdiocese of Armagh’s Spirit Fest 2011 event, which will take place in the city in July.

The introduction to The Priests arose from her being commissioned by the Armagh diocese to write the theme tune for the Spirit Fest in the cathedral.

“I wrote about twelve tracks in total for the event but didn’t know who would be performing,” she remarked.

“I am a big fan of The Priests, they seem like three lovely men and I am over the moon at the prospect of hearing them singing one of my pieces,” she added.

Sister Briege admits she is not a singer herself but instead gets another nun – Sister Marie Cox – to record her songs.

Her songs have all been recorded at a studio in Jonesboro and she says she gets ‘divine inspiration’ for her compositions in the area around her convent close to St. Brigid’s Shrine in Faughart.

The Priests – brothers Fr Eugene and Fr Martin O’Hagan and Fr David Delargy – will sing Sr. Briege’s specially commissioned hymn at a spectacular concert and worship experience in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday 2nd July.