Daniel's return home tinged with sadness over mum's death
DANIEL O'Donnell has said it has been strange returning to Donegal and not to have his beloved mother waiting for him.
The singer was back home for the first time since the funeral of his mother Julia last May. She was 94 when she died, with Daniel and his brothers James and Bosco and sisters Margo and Kathleen at her bedside.
"It's a big change being here at home and not popping in to see her every day but we are comforted by the fact that we had her for so long and I'm sure she is happy in her eternal home," he said.
O'Donnell and his family have received thousands of mass-cards and sympathy cards since his mother's passing.
He said: "Once again I would like to thank so many of you who have written and sympathised with me and all my family since my mother passed away.
"We could never begin to answer everyone personally so I hope you'll accept this as an acknowledgment of your kind message of support."
He also revealed how he and wife Majella have also visited Medjugorje for a week before coming back to Ireland.
"We had planned this trip last September as a friend of ours, who is a priest, was leading the group we travelled with," O'Donnell said.
"At that time Majella was in the middle of her treatment and looking forward we felt that she would be well on the road to recovery and we thought the week in Medjugorje would give both of us time to reflect on the year that had passed."