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As many people already know, Ryan Kelly as of this morning, announced that he would be leaving Celtic Thunder.

Yesterday, we all watched as he shut down all of his accounts, both facebooks, and then, his twitter, which worried everyone immensely. Then this morning, i woke to find a blog, which I will post here.


A Massive Word Of Thanks... - May 12, 2011

Hey everyone,

I’ve made a personal decision I want to share with you all. Today I approached Sharon to inform her that, after a lot of personal reflection about my future, I have decided to take a step back from Celtic Thunder and the public life that goes along with being part of it.

The last four years have been an incredible journey for me, one which I have shared with the most amazing people. I want to thank everyone I have worked with along the way – to Sharon, Phil, Dave, all the band members and crew, and of course George, Paul, Keith, Damian, Neil and Emmet – proud to say all my lifelong friends.

A special word of thanks of course, to you – the people I’ve met and who have showed me so much kindness and support over the years, both through Celtic Thunder and more recently through my solo endeavours. I will never forget all you have done for me.

Incidentally, my PO Box here will be closing as well. Again, thanks for so many kind gifts. cards and letters over the years. You were always way too kind.

I’m certainly leaving Celtic Thunder in great hands and I know this Fall Tour promises to be the best yet!

So, for now, all is left for me to say is Go raibh mile maith agat.

As the song goes : “ Then Fill To Me, The Parting Glass,

Good night and joy be with you all….”

RK xx


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We are all very sad to see him go, both from Celtic Thunder, and from the public Media. He was hilarious, and a wonderful voice addition. Hopefully, if and when he comes out with a solo CD, Anna, or Sharon, and the lads, will keep us posted.

We will not be promoting conspiracy theories here. Ryan left for a reason. If he chooses to tell us these reasons, so be it. If not, then we just have to live with it. We will not sit here and pick it apart. let us just say we miss, and support him.

Sam.
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shadowdancer13 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
I have no idea why my comment appears more than one time,.....just avoid that, lol. It's my phone,....its going crazy.

But ya,....my comment sounds a little angry, and I just wanted to say I am not.

I really do wish Ryan the absolute best in the world, and I will always be a fan. I will miss him, but I know Celtic Thunder will do just fine :).
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furba4eva Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Student Writer
Let's just say, i think Ryan had some personal issues going on. There are rumors flying, and were before hand. And as you know, almost every time he was updating, he was having to defend himself and Anna. He's not our play toy, and if we continue to treat him as such, he will break. He's a man, nothing more.

And I will miss him as well, and always hope that he will resurface. I shall continue to support him, even of he does not show himself to us anymore.
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shadowdancer13 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
....okay, since I calmed down a bit (after being a bit angry with him for not explaining why he left.) I have something to say. Lol.

Now, I don't know why Ryan reacted the way he did, ...but I somehow knew he wasn't going to last much longer in the group. I don't know,...it just seemed like he was distant from everybody, and just focusing on himself. Which is absolutely fine.

But the fact that he shut down all of his sites and pages,....and literally stopping everything he worked so hard for, I think....was uncalled for.
It seems like he wants to stop his music career for a reason. And that is fine too.

I just think us fans who spend soo much money on them at least deserve reason as to why he was leaving. I mean he could've just said, 'because he wants to live his life in piece'...and I would have been fine with that.

But no, he shut everything down and literally disappeared from earth. :shrug:
Idk, I just think that's unfair.

But its his life, we should leave him at piece, because it seems like that's what he wants. So, I wish him the best in life and whatever he decides to do with himself now.

I just hope nobody else leaves, or else I don't think I will be paying attention to them much longer.

....even though watching Keith in concert over the pond, sounds very tempting. Lol.

But ya,....Keith is my favourite, so I hope he won't leave the group as soon as his cd is out. I would hate to see poor Damo getting deserted. Lol.

But back to the point. I think we should all just move on from this and be happy for the remaining guys that are in the group, and support them.

I have read some comments saying that it might not even be worth it to come to a show now,...since Paul and Ryan left.
Which I think is horrible to say, since everybody else is working so hard, and need to be appreciated too. Especially the band, and all the people who put the shows together. So I think we should stand loyal to our Irish boys and root for them now then ever!

What do ya say?!

One for all, and all for none!
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shadowdancer13 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
....okay, since I calmed down a bit (after being a bit angry with him for not explaining why he left.) I have something to say. Lol.

Now, I don't know why Ryan reacted the way he did, ...but I somehow knew he wasn't going to last much longer in the group. I don't know,...it just seemed like he was distant from everybody, and just focusing on himself. Which is absolutely fine.

But the fact that he shut down all of his sites and pages,....and literally stopping everything he worked so hard for, I think....was uncalled for.
It seems like he wants to stop his music career for a reason. And that is fine too.

I just think us fans who spend soo much money on them at least deserve reason as to why he was leaving. I mean he could've just said, 'because he wants to live his life in piece'...and I would have been fine with that.

But no, he shut everything down and literally disappeared from earth. :shrug:
Idk, I just think that's unfair.

But its his life, we should leave him at piece, because it seems like that's what he wants. So, I wish him the best in life and whatever he decides to do with himself now.

I just hope nobody else leaves, or else I don't think I will be paying attention to them much longer.

....even though watching Keith in concert over the pond, sounds very tempting. Lol.

But ya,....Keith is my favourite, so I hope he won't leave the group as soon as his cd is out. I would hate to see poor Damo getting deserted. Lol.

But back to the point. I think we should all just move on from this and be happy for the remaining guys that are in the group, and support them.

I have read some comments saying that it might not even be worth it to come to a show now,...since Paul and Ryan left.
Which I think is horrible to say, since everybody else is working so hard, and need to be appreciated too. Especially the band, and all the people who put the shows together. So I think we should stand loyal to our Irish boys and root for them now then ever!

What do ya say?!

One for all, and all for none!
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Tobiaskahn Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student General Artist
I'm never going so long off the computer AGAIN!!! Holly cow! When did this happen!?! Is he gone for good, or just gone from CT? That sounded like he's gone for good! What the heck is happening!?! Paul moved on, Ryan just left everything! Damian doesn't seem like he's gonna last much longer in CT! I like change and all, I support what they do and all! But they're dropping like flies! Ryan REALLY seemed like he was going to go far with his career (ct and solo!) but now he just dropped it! Was it the stress? Was it the things the fans were saying and doing? Is Keith gonna get sick of it next!?! He hasn't even come out with his solo album! He doesn't even stick to THAT! Is HE gonna not stick to his career in general too!?! Holy crap! I'm actually concerned now!
I was kinda excited when Paul left. But I'm a little worried now! I've never been worried about this before! I've never been worried about ANYTHING they've done!!! I'm really worried about Keith and George leaving now! I don't mind them leaving CT, but What if George decides to just stay home with his family? What if Keith looses interest!?!
I'm not gonna lie! I NEED them to be musicians! They help me too much! :tears:
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Tobiaskahn Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student General Artist
I'd just like to say, sorry I was SO dramatic here! I've been REALLY emotional as of late, and under a lot of stress. I really do Hope Ryan Kelly (and all of them) do well with whatever they want to do. "And if he decides to sell peanuts, OH HOW I'LL BELIEVE IN THOSE PEANUTS!!" ... Sorry. That's from a movie.
I just don't want everyone to think I'm flipping out like crazy over this. Sure, I'm sad to see him go; he was great! But all I really hope is that he does what he WANTS to do and enjoys it. :-)

Good luck Ryan Kelly. I wish you well. =D
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furba4eva Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student Writer
This all unfolded yesterday and the day before. Ryan said "Made a major decision, will make the announcement later..." After that reached somewhere around 500 comments, his facebooks, twitter, and finally his website shut down.

I think Ryan had just had enough of being huragned by fans. After all, every time he said anything right now, it was defending himself and Anna. I don't know if he'll be coming back to the music scene anytime soon though. He was almost done with his CD, it would be a pity for it to never come out.

There are rumors around that he was getting stalked and whatnot, but it is obvious something happened. Whether or not we'll ever know for sure, who knows?

Even if Keith quits, he won't be leaving the entertainment business, I'm sure. He's big in Ireland, so, worst come to worst, we'll just HAVE to go see him perform over there. ;P I'm sure everything will calm down soon. Ryan leaving was a bit of shocked this shortly after Paul, but he had VERY good reason. I'm sure no one else will leave right now.

They help all of us sweetie, and they know that. Which is why Ryan may come back and do a little something else. We do still have some communication with him through Anna, who still has fans on her facebook, and her twitter open. However, so far it's been these beautifully written metaphors...which kinda make you teary. :tears:
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And, by the way, since when do you call me 'sweetie'!?! :laughing: You have NEVER called me anything like that before! :fear: That's weird! :rofl:
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Tobiaskahn Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Poor guy. Yeah, something must have happened. You did say there was a LOT of drama going on with him and his fans. That's probably what pushed him over the edge. Maybe the fans should back off from the rest of them (:cough: keith. :cough:) too, so that they wont get fed up and leave!

I think he'll probably release his new CD. It would be a shame for him to have worked that hard and invested so much money just to drop it now. Though, who knows. If the situation is bad enough for him to just drop his music career, he may just drop it all together, including the CD. Poor man.

I'll bet a lot of the drama was caused by Paul's leaving. The fans were NOT happy about that one and all though Ryan was going to leave next. Good job, guys! You got your wish! Congratulations! :sarcasm:

True. Keith might close his Twitter and Facebook, maybe, but I don't think he'll drop his music like that. Not to mention, he has no one else to look out for like Ryan does.
... That WE know of! :wow:
How funny would it be if someday, a year or so from now (maybe sooner) Keith Harkin said something about finally being back from the honeymoon with his new wife! :rofl: The fans would FLIP! That would be so funny to see! If I were him, I would SO do that! ... Then get on fb everyday to see what they said about it!
But I'm just evil like that. :shrug:

I, personally, think we shouldn't pester her either. I mean, sure, she may already be famous, but still, if Ryan took it so hard (if that is, in fact what made him leave) shouldn't we avoid doing the same to the other people we look up to so much? AND their loved ones? I especially think we shouldn't try to talk to him THROUGH her!
1) that probably wouldn't go over well with Ryan.
B) That's kinda disrespectful to Anna, being a 'fan' of her's to get to him.
Not to mention, things like that cause stress, and stress is one of the biggest things that end good relationships. I recommend if you comment to her, you comment about her books, NOT her personal life or Ryan Kelly.
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furba4eva Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student Writer
Actually, I followed her on twitter because I thought she was hilarious. I friended her on facebook because she was friended fans, that, and I can't find her books anywhere, and I'm waiting for her to announce when they are coming out again. Yes, I'll admit to also being friends with her because of Ryan, but I'm not constantly posting on her wall about him or anything like that. I actually really like her writing. She's really uplifting, and I cannot wait to get one of her books.
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