Hozier says he has received an apology from Chilly Gonzales, the Canadian musician and producer who suggested that there were similarities between the Wicklow man's global hit Take Me To Church and a song by singer songwriter Feist.

Writing on his official Facebook page tonight (October 5), Hozier said: "There has been some talk in the press of legal action and I'd like to clarify my position and the goings-on of the past week for fear that gossip runs unchecked, as it often does.

"What was sought from my end was an apology and redaction of an unfair inferral. This has been issued by Jason Beck (Chilly Gonzales), which I very much appreciate. I will continue to follow and respect his work and look forward to moving on from this issue. Jason Beck has been co-operative and understanding, and there are no hard feelings on my part. Thank you."

Gonzales recently suggested that there were similarities between Hozier's hit and Feist's 2013 song, How Come You Never Go There.

His comments, made on a music masterclass for Cologne station 1Live, were later posted on YouTube but the clip was been removed after Hozier reportedly lodged a defamation case in the High Court in Dublin.

Yesterday, The Sunday Times reported that Hozier's manager Caroline Downey described the allegations of plagiarism as "groundless" and said she and her client would seek legal redress.

Take Me To Church was the Wicklow man's breakout hit and was nominated for Song of the Year at this year's Grammy Music Awards. The powerful accompanying video, which looked at rising homophobia in Russia, has so far notched up a staggering quarter of a billion-plus views on YouTube.