Arts Q&A: Fr David on U2, Grisham and slow drivers

Brian Campbell puts artists on the spot about what really matters to them. This week: Fr David Delargy of The Priests

Fr Martin O'Hagan, Fr David Delargy and Fr Eugene O'Hagan of The Priests. Picture by Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

1. When did you think about recording and performing music and what were your first steps into it?

Back in the early 2000s the three of us [Fr Delargy, Fr Eugene O'Hagan and Fr Martin O'Hagan] had a casual conversation about recording a CD of our singing. It was a bit of a pipe dream and then in 2008 Sony had a project in mind which required the involvement of a priest who could sing to a certain standard. When they heard us singing together and learned a bit of our back story and how we’d been singing together since our schooldays, they revised the nature of the project and proposed making an album with all three of us.

2. Best concerts you've been to?

Tina Turner, U2 at The Point in Dublin, supported by BB King, and Bruce Springsteen in Croke Park.

3. Fantasy birthday party band?

The Beatles – who wouldn't want the Fab Four at a party?

4. The record you'd take to a desert island?

The collected works of Mozart.

5. And the book?

The Bible. It has great stories and provides an endless resource for engaging the mind and the heart.

6. Top three films?

The Color Purple, Babette's Feast, The Shawshank Redemption.

7. Favourite authors?

Agatha Christie, Khaled Hosseini, Paulo Coelho, Kazuo Ishiguro, John Grisham.

8. Sports you most enjoy and top teams?

I'm the least sporty person you could ever meet. If pushed to commit, I'd say I always support Ireland in the rugby, Man Utd in football and Antrim in Gaelic football.

9. Pet hate?

Slow drivers hogging the overtaking lane tend to bring out the worst in me.

10. What's your favourite:

Dinner? Pasta or seafood.

Dessert? Cheese and wine.

Drink? Red wine or a pre-prandial G&T.

11. Who is your best friend and how do you know each other?

That would be Peter. We sang together for some years in the Cappella Caeciliana [choir]. He's a bit older and a lot wiser than me. I look up to him as a mentor and a most loyal friend.

12. Is there a God?

I believe so and am happy to live in the hope of seeing Him one day.

:: The Priests play Limerick on December 8, Cork on December 14, Wexford on December 15 and then the Waterfront in Belfast on December 20 and the Millennium Forum in Derry on December 21 (


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