Tuesday 25 October 2016

Meet the priest who takes selfies with stars to raise money for good causes

Fr John Kenny with model Emma Quinlan
Fr John Kenny with model Emma Quinlan
John Kenny with former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh
Fr John Kenny with model Holly Carpenter

A priest has become the envy of his parishoners with his high-flying lifestyle which he records in selfies with scantily-clad models and rock stars.

The real-life Fr Trendy from the parish of Partry in Co Mayo has been attracting a lot of attention on his Facebook page, but for Fr John Kenny it's all a bit of fun and helps him raise money for charity.

One of his latest selfies, a cheeky snap with model Emma Quinlan, has earned him the status of legend.

"The poor girl was too cold to get out of the car because of what she was wearing. I just jumped into the car beside her and took the selfie for the fun of it while we were waiting around," Fr Kenny explained after attending the launch of the recent Cannonball Run at Mondello Park.

With Maria Walsh

The snap drew plenty of cheeky comments from friends and parisioners of the avid paddleboarder and petrolhead.

"A fine pair, ye make a fine pair," joked one man.

"Is she single? or twin turbo?..the car that is," wrote another.

Fr Kenny has participated in events such as Cycle for Suicide and Darkness Into Light.


The Laura Lynn and Barretstown charities have also benefited from his fundraising efforts. He's also taken to the catwalk for charity, looking dapper in waistcoat and bow tie.

Photographs from his account - where he has 1,800 friends - also show him posing with former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh, ITV star Christine Bleakley whom he met while she was filming series The Wild Atlantic Way, Sinead O'Connor and Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

There is also a photograph of him with three Brazilian dancers.

With Holly Carpenter

He said the charity events and his Facebook page bring him closer to his parishioners, as well as highlighting the work the various different charities do.

Fr Kenny also takes selfies of himself with couples he has just wed.

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