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Daniel O'Donnell to take a break from music

Linda McGrory

Published 21/02/2014 | 09:13

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SINGER Daniel O'Donnell has announced he will take an extended break from music after realising that "life is short".

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The Donegal star said he will make his final performance in February 2015 and will likely not perform again until "at least" the middle of 2016.

He said he and his wife had "taken stock of things" following Majella's cancer diagnosis and treatment and the realisation that "life is short".

"We thank God that (Majella's) treatment and surgery has been successful. 

"Through all of this we have a lot of time to reflect and take stock of things and it makes us realise that life is short.

"I want to let you know at this point that I have decided to take an extended break from touring after the Gertrude Byrne Caribbean cruise finishes next February 2015. 

"I can’t really say how long the break will be, but there will be no shows until at least the middle of 2016," Daniel told fans on his website this morning.

He stressed that he was not retiring just taking "a sabbatical".

"For me this was a very big decision but there are a number of things that Majella and I want to do and even if we live to be 90 (which I hope we do) I don’t want to have to say 'I wish we took the time to do such and such'.”

The Kincasslagh man, who is currently touring New Zealand and Australia, thanked all his fans for supporting him over the last 30 years.

"I want to stress that this is not retirement, it’s just a sabbatical," he said.

Meanwhile, Majella O’Donnell said she is feeling “great” after undergoing a double mastectomy and reconstruction surgery earlier this week.

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