Elvis has now left the building!
Thursday, 16 March 2017
ST Canice's Church in Eglinton was packed to capacity on Sunday evening for what is believed to have been Ireland's first ever 'Elvis Service'.
The service, which featured the music of the late, great Elvis Presley, was the brainchild of the Rector of Faughanvale, Rev Paul Hoey and was called 'All Shook Up'.
Rev Hoey hoped to attract, not just Elvis devotees but worshippers who were curious to see what songs not normally sung in church might say about Christianity.
The Rector was not disappointed as the large congregation of almost 200 included people of different Christian denominations, some of whom had travelled from as far away as Dungannon or Portstewart.
During the service, Elvis impersonator Andy Rodgers from Coleraine donned costumes similar to those worn by Presley during his career, including a GI's uniform, black leathers, and a sequinned, white jumpsuit.
He belted out classics such as 'Are You Lonesome Tonight', 'The Wonder of You' and gospel hits such as 'Peace in the Valley' and 'He Touched Me'. Rodgers' performance ended with a rousing version of 'American Trilogy'.
However, the most enthusiastic reaction of the evening was reserved for the Rector, Rev Hoey, who appeared after the last number wearing a black Elvis costume, dark glasses and wig.
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