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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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Tobiaskahn Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student General Artist
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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Tobiaskahn Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Have you asked HER how you can get one? Chances are, the author would know better then her boyfriends fans would. :laughing:

Yeah, I know a lot of his fans follow her for HER work, not his. I realize they just found her because of him. That was more directed at some of the other people (none here ... that I know of) who would follow her JUST because they are a fan of his. Frankly, I think a lot of those 'fans' only follow her because they think Ryan Kelly is cute! Not even, necessarily because of his music.
People are weird that way. :shrug:
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furba4eva Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student Writer
That's what she said as well. And I thought I had explained this to you already. Also, Ryan was the one who gave a link to her page, so he obviously wanted us to find her. Maybe not so much now, but she's still up, and she does talk to the fans.
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Tobiaskahn Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student General Artist
I'm not saying you shouldn't follow her. I just meant that SOME people should get their priorities straight. (Not you, of course. You're okay.)
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furba4eva Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student Writer
I'm so glad! :rofl:
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furba4eva Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student Writer
It'll be alright. I'm sure once people calm down, he'll resurface. Sharon even said he will be recording another CD with them.
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immortal112 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
REALLY?!?! YAY! :D
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shadowdancer13 Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
Oh my gosh! .....I honestly am just speechless right now.... I am a big fan of his and wish him the best. ...I just.....am speechless. Hopefully everything is okay with him. I just wished he had kept at least one account open to communicate instead of just shutting everything down. But like I said,....I wish him the best. Did any of you expect this? ...I mean I knew he would be leaving at a certain point,...but now? Aww,....and i was so excited about this fall :'(. I hope he is not angry with us.
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furba4eva Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Student Writer
I saw this coming for a while, what with the constant drama going on here. It seems like there was even more going on behind the scenes, so he did what he had to do. Anna's facebook still has fans as friends, and so does her twitter, so she might give us a few updates,just if he's doing well. It is a pity he didn't keep something open. I mean, even his website he spent months on is gone. It's sad that some people did so many things to him that he had to go this extreme. But, even if he isn't interacting with the fans, and I'm sure he's not mad at all of us, we will all continue to support him.
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hansbmd Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
I agree with both of you. I'm sad like everyone else to see him go and while he does have his reasons, we shouldn't speculate what they are. I have my opinions as to what they are, but I won't voice them. I'm sad too I won't see him in October, if I'm going in October, my dad still hasn't gotten tickets, but I'll consider myself lucky to see the rest of the guys. Ryan did make the best choice for himself and we should all respect that. We'll miss you, Ryan! May God be with you always!
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Tobiaskahn Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student General Artist
But other then that, I couldn't agree more with you.
I just wish I could go to the concert. :-( With or without him being there. :-(
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hansbmd Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
I'd love to go, I love them all and I want to see them all.
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Tobiaskahn Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student General Artist
I'd love to as well. We just don't have the money right now. :-(

... I wonder who will be touring with them in Ryan's place. That will be cool! We get to see yet another NEW singer! :excited:
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hansbmd Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
There isn't going to be a new singer. Neil's stepping up and singing as the fifth vocalist. Personally, I think it's great, I love Neil's voice!
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Tobiaskahn Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student General Artist
But they both have rolls in the up coming tour. Don't they need another guy? :-(
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hansbmd Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
Neil is kind of the jack-of-all-trades though, he can fill in, he can play a bunch of the rolls. Now, he wouldn't be able to play Paul/Emmet's roll very well, nor I think would he do Ryan's, but he can sing with the guys. He'll be fine.
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Tobiaskahn Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student General Artist
But, I mean, Ryan and Neil both had a roll in the next show. Don't they need him to do his part? So they need someone to fill in for Ryan. Did Sharon say they wont replace him? He has a stand in, doesn't he?
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Tobiaskahn Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student General Artist
And the Force! You forgot 'May the Force be with you'! You can't forget that, especially when talking to a huge Star Wars fan like him! :rofl:

Sorry. I make jokes when I'm sad. Trying to cheer everyone up ... including myself. :shrug:
Sorry.
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hansbmd Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
No, please make jokes! Please!! I need some serious cheering up and it's not just Ryan either. I have to go in a minute, but when I get home, I'm going to post a journal explaining why.

But you are right, I did forget "May the Force be with you." I like Star Wars but I'm not as big a fan as he is nor as your cousin is. :laughing:
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Tobiaskahn Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh my goodness, they are both Star Wars FREAKS! :laughing: But that's what makes them so much fun. :-)

I understand. I've been really upset lately too. I've been reading a book (that's NOT supposed to make you sad! It's an information type book) and it's making me really depressed. (Long story why though.) And a few other things have been really on my mind and really getting to me. I've been so emotional lately that I almost started crying when I found out Ryan was leaving show-biz, but now, I just hope he does what he wants to do and enjoys it. I mean, sure, I'm sad to see him go, but it's not something I would normally cry over! Ya know?
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hansbmd Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
:iconfurba4eva: also has a twin, a friend of mine up at school, has the same name, and she introduced me to Star Wars. When she found out I hadn't seen the original movies, she made me watch them and the prequels. She and a few other friends up at school are HUGE Star Wars freaks! I'm surrounded by them! :XD:

I was sad too when I found out he was leaving show biz period, but if he's happy, that's all that matters. I hope everything gets better for you and you're not upset too much longer!
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Tobiaskahn Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Student General Artist
I know, right. They're EVERYWHERE!!! :laughing:

Yeah, my older brother used to LOVE Star Wars. He would make us watch that or Jurassic Park almost every night. LOL He even owned a lot of the Star Wars books.

Exactly. It's his life, so he's the one who should be happy with it. :-)
I got to have a long talk with my cousin about it, so I'm not AS upset. It's gonna take a while to recover completely though. But it's at least better. Thanks. :-)
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hansbmd Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
When I watched "Revenge of the Sith" with the other Sam, she brough the book with her and she paused the movie in certain places and opened the book and made me read it. We took turns reading it to each other. It was fine.

I'm doing better than I was too, but it's still gonna take awhile to recover. And he's not quite through with CT either, he's going to come back and record another album with the guys, he's just not going to tour with them.
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Tobiaskahn Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Student General Artist
That sounds pretty fun. :-)

Feel better. :hug:

Yeah, I heard that. He's gonna do one more album with them, or something. That will be pretty cool. :-)
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MissKay12 Featured By Owner May 12, 2011  Student Writer
I wish Ryan all the best in the future with this decision. We will all dearly miss him, and i am sad I won't be able to see him with the guys in October, but I know Ryan made the right choice for him. We love you Ryan, and always will support you! Best wishes!
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