Film will chart rise of The Priests

Simon Cunningham

FILM about the amazing rise of to fame of singing trio The Priests has been given the go ahead by Hollywood executives.

Brothers Fr Martin and Fr Eugene O'Hagan and former school friend Fr David Delargy said the movie which "traces our musical lives" was in pre-production.

The Priests, above, rose to global stardom after signing a recording deal in 2008.

The film called Raising the Roof was first revealed by the men in an interview on RTE's The Late Late Show two years ago.

At the time they said the film would be "loosely based around our life and times".

Writing on their website this week, the three clergymen from Northern Ireland said: "We recently resigned our recording contract with Sony Music and are working on a new album. Plus there is a film 'Raising the Roof', currently in pre-production in Hollywood, which traces our musical lives."

The Priests are currently on an 18-date tour in the US and Canada, last night performing at the Corpus Christi Cathedral in Corpus Christi, Texas.

They will return to the north for two concerts in Derry and Belfast in December.

The group have recorded four albums, the first of which sold 3 million records and was the fastest selling classical debut recording of all time.

The O'Hagan brothers are originally from Claudy, Co Derry while Fr Delargy hails from Ballymena, Co Antrim.

The trio met at school in St Mac-Nissi's College in Ballymena and now all work as full-time parish priests.


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