Sunday 18 February 2018

Daniel O'Donnell performs tribute to late mother

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Irish legend Daniel O’Donnell is to perform his first Irish concert following his mother’s death.

The singer is to dedicate a special concert on Arranmore island to his late mother Julia, who passed away last year.

To be broadcast in episode three of TV3’s new series ‘Islanders’, the concert will take place on the stage that first helped the popular county signer launch his career in the 1980s.

“My mother came from across the bay on Owey island, and because of that we have a great kinship with these islanders,” he said.

"This stage is very special because it is one of the first places I played by in 1983 when I started my own band and for a number of years it was the only place we made any money.”

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Mr O’Donnell said he had never forgotten the people that gave him his first taste of the music business, and because of them, he always tried to return to play a special concert on the island each year.

This year, however, Daniel’s visit is especially poignant as it will be the first time he has travelled to Arranmore without his late mother, who passed away last year aged 94.

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For the islanders, who are feeling a huge sense of abandonment due to the salmon ban and increased fishing regulation, Daniel’s visit following the recent death of his mother, is a major event.

“The concert is one to live in the memory of all who are present, islanders and mainlanders alike,” said one.

Read More: Daniel's 18-month break to be with beloved Majella

Mr O'Donnell added: "The backbone of island life is what the community have together and you see it in times of hardship and in times of sadness. They rally round and stand by one another."

Episode three of ‘Islanders’ airs this Wednesday (April 29) at 9pm on TV3.

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