Monday 11 December 2017

Daniel O'Donnell's 'one-off' concert in memory of mother

Daniel O'Donnell
Daniel O'Donnell

Nick Bramhill

Daniel O'Donnell has admitted his next performance will be his most emotional to date, as he marks the anniversary of his beloved mother's death with a one-off charity concert.

The Donegal singer was left devastated following the death of 94-year-old Julia O'Donnell last May.

And although he has taken an extended break away from the music business, he has agreed to perform a fundraising concert next Sunday for Dungloe Community Hospital in tribute to the staff and carers who cared for his mother.

But speaking ahead of the gig, which takes place on the anniversary of his mother's death, the 53-year-old crooner admitted he will have mixed emotions when he takes to the stage in Dungloe.

He said: "We are looking forward to a great day at the concert. For myself and the rest of the family it will be tinged with sadness, as it was on this day last year that my mother passed away. I know she would be delighted that this concert is taking place, to raise funds for the hospital where she got such great care during her final days. So hopefully she'll send the sunshine our way on the day."

O'Donnell last performed in February as the star entertainer of an Irish-themed Caribbean cruise, before embarking on an 18-month break from the music business to spend quality time with his wife Majella, who was recovering from cancer. Tickets for the 1,500-seat Dungloe show go on sale on the day of the concert, for €5 each on a first-come-first-served basis.

Sunday Independent

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