TALK ABOUT resisting temptation.
An order of nuns based in Galway have admitted they had to reject offers to appear on Britain's Got Talent after being approached by researchers of the show.
The Poor Clare sisters, from Nun's Island in the city, released an original song entitled 'Calm the Soul', named after a poem which appeared in their best-selling book from 2014.
The beautiful composition proved extremely popular online, and racked up over 35,000 views on Youtube within a month of its release-- you can view it below.
As the song gained traction online, the sisters were approached "a number of times" about appearing on the popular televised talent show, but on each occassion resisted the temptation to clinch 15 minutes of fame, saying they were worried the song's message would be lost were it to be commercialised.
Speaking to The Irish Times, the Abbess of the Poor Clare Monastery, Sr Colette, confirmed that researchers had been in touch asking the sisters to perform their song on the show.
But while they are "thrilled by the invite" they refused as "the message of the song might get lost somehow".
“We don’t watch a lot of television so we wouldn’t be following the X-Factor and other shows like that on a regular basis," Sr Colette told The Irish Times.
"We have seen a few highlights though, including Fr Ray Kelly singing the REM song Everybody Hurts.
“Somebody also recommended that episode where Susan Boyle’s performance stunned the judges and that was lovely to watch.”
So while the Nun's Island nuns won't be putting their talents to the test for Simon Cowell (Although how good would that be?!), Sr Colette urged people from all walks of life to listen to 'Calm the Soul', saying:
“We would hope that the song will give those who hear it a lift and maybe encourage those who have given up on God to renew the connection,”