Tuesday 27 September 2016

Daniel O’Donnell: ‘I almost gave up on singing because of financial pressures’

Published 12/12/2015 | 15:16

Strictly no romancing: Majella fired a warning Daniel on their first B&B stop.
Strictly no romancing: Majella fired a warning Daniel on their first B&B stop.

Daniel O’Donnell has admitted that he almost gave up on his singing career because at times he wasn’t making enough money to sustain himself.

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The Donegal crooner revealed that he almost gave up on his career when he was stuggling under financial pressure.

“I made my first record in 1983 but it took until about 1986 for things to gain momentum,” Daniel told The Irish Daily Mail.

Daniel planned to fall back on his degree in accounting and economics, before his single My Donegal Shore became a hit throughout the country.

Meanwhile, Daniel and his wife Majella celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary in Tenerife last week.

The happy couple, who wed in front of 500 guests in Donegal in 2002, are taking it easy after Daniel’s stint on Strictly Come Dancing and the success of their show Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip

Daniel and Majella ODonnell
Daniel and Majella ODonnell

"At the moment, Majella and I are back in Tenerife," he told the Irish Daily Mail.

"It is the first time since we got married that we have actually been off and not travelling."

O'Donnell was one of the star attractions for the Late Late Show's country music special last month, the show's highest ratings of the year, and the singer said he loved performing at the studio in Montrose.

"The night was dedicated to country music," he said.

"It certainly was a wonderful evening where a lot of the performers from the past to the present day fathered to celebrate the wonderful music we enjoy in Ireland."

Daniel O'Donnell and his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff in action on Strictly Come Dancing
Daniel O'Donnell and his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff in action on Strictly Come Dancing

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