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Daniel O'Donnell's mum gets thanks from queen

Paddy Clancy

Published 25/01/2013 | 05:00

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Julia O'Donnell at home in Kincasslagh, Co Donegal, with the rosary beads sent to her by the Pope after she had sent him a pair of hand-knitted socks

SINGER Daniel O'Donnell's mother has received a letter of thanks from Queen Elizabeth for a surprise pair of gloves.

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The queen, inset, received a special pair of white hand-knitted gloves from Julia O'Donnell for the new year.

They were posted by Julia's daughter, Margo, before she went to the Canary Islands for a holiday.

Julia (93), received the letter of appreciation from Buckingham Palace two days ago.

Now, it will go alongside a letter and a pair of rosary beads she has from Pope Benedict since October 2011 when she sent a pair of hand-knitted socks to him.

Julia said last night: "I decided to knit the gloves for the queen when I saw all that footage of her walking her corgis in the cold.

"I have great time for the queen."

The queen honoured Daniel with an MBE 12 years ago. He hasn't seen Julia's letter yet as he is still on his January break in the Canaries. The singer is joining a working cruise in the US in February.

Julia has spent her life knitting at her home in Kincasslagh, Co Donegal.

Daniel said that, as long as he can remember, balls of wool and knitting needles have never been too far away from his mum. He said: "She really finds knitting so relaxing."

Irish Independent

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