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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Daniel's on song with first tune as Gaeilge

A NEW CD featuring the first ever recording of Daniel O'Donnell singing in Irish will be launched in order to raise funds for a local cancer charity.

'Le Cuidiu De' is a compilation of 14 new songs, all written in Irish by Eileen Ni Bhaoill, from Dungloe, Co Donegal.

It is the culmination of work by Ms Ni Bhaoill and Maighread Hanlon, who both felt that traditional music through Irish offered a fresh and innovative way of raising funds for the Donegal Hospice Homecare.

Mr O'Donnell will sing a rendition of 'Le Cuidiu De' to the air of 'You Raise Me Up'.

The song is a re-working of the Brendan Graham classic.

All the artists involved in the new CD offered their services free of charge.

Other artists include Moya Brennan (Clannad), Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, (Altan and T with the Maggies) and Aoife Ni Fhearraigh.

"Back in August we both agreed that we should record the (songs) and give proceeds to Donegal Hospice Homecare. I chose this charity as cancer affects every home in Donegal," said Ms Ni Bhaoill.

"I wasn't sure what singer would suit each song so I asked my friend Daniel to sing 'Le Cuidiu De' to the air of 'You Raise Me Up'. He loved the idea so I got permission to translate the song into Irish from the composer, Brendan Graham."

The album will be launched in Aislann Rann na Feirste on Saturday, December 10, at 8.30pm.

Priced at €15, copies of the CD will be on sale on the night and can be pre-ordered at

Irish Independent

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