Tuesday 20 August 2019

Singing their praises: O'Donnell appeals for 'people to rally' and care for our elderly

Community spirit: Daniel O’Donnell met Alone users Joseph Irwin and Mary Rose McCarron yesterday to talk about the service. Photo: Brian McDaid
Community spirit: Daniel O’Donnell met Alone users Joseph Irwin and Mary Rose McCarron yesterday to talk about the service. Photo: Brian McDaid

Stephen Maguire

Daniel O'Donnell said he is proud of Ireland's sense of community as he appealed for people to look after our elderly.

The popular singer was speaking at the expansion of Alone's services in his native Donegal.

The charity, which helps support the elderly at home, has teamed up with Good Morning Donegal.

The Good Morning Donegal service provides daily phone calls to older people to ensure they are feeling OK and to provide some social company.

O'Donnell's own late mother Julia used the service and he said it is this kind of care that makes Ireland such a great place.

"I always think that Ireland has changed but there is still something here in Ireland that is not in many places. We still have a great community spirit and if somebody is in trouble then people rally," he said.

O'Donnell said that it is not just rural Ireland which needs such services, but larger cities can benefit too.

Irish Independent

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