Topless of the pops: Daniel strips for charity
IT was once asked what’s the difference between Daniel O’Donnell and Santa Claus? Daniel, it went , pulls the old dears for a few bucks, while a few bucks and old dears pull Santa. So what would the genteel matrons make of "wee Daniel" with his kit off ? Quite a lot actually. the star who has brought the image of a mammy’s boy to new levels of saintliness, shocked and thrilled an audience by stripping off - for charity.
So what would the genteel matrons make of "wee Daniel" with his kit off? Quite a lot actually. The star who has brought the image of a mammy's boy to new levels of saintliness, shocked and thrilled an audience by stripping off -- for charity.
The Donegal crooner fufilled thousands of female fantasies by shedding his threads .
Jim McDaid added to the madness when he turned up donned in a diving suit and waved his flippers at the cheering crowd.
The two men were participating at the charity event, 'Not the Rose of Tralee', which is a far cry from the lovely girls competition in Co Kerry.
Over 700 people attended the event which was held to raise funds to bring community breast screening to the Donegal region.
The judges, who included former Miss Ireland Natasha Nic Ghairbheith, Country star Philomena Begley and Daniel's singer sister Margo, couldn't figure out what category Jim McDaid was contesting when he lifted a foot to wave a flippered greeting at them.
Eventually, with tongues firmly in cheek, they declared him the Most Debonair.
Philomena Begley reckoned Daniel O'Donnell was over-dressed when he appeared in shorts and top. She abandoned all pretence of neutrality and called out to him to "show more body." She even got up on stage to help him get his top off.
It was enough to win Daniel the title of the man with the 'Best Come to Bed Eyes.'
Comedy male stripper Bernard McHugh, former star of tv programme 'Blind Date', bared even more than Daniel and was acclaimed Sexiest Man in the event, which went on into the early hours of yesterday morning.
The contest was the opening event in a planned series of fundraisers with a €500,000 target to build a cancer clinic in Co Donegal.
The "Not The Rose" made €20,000 for the fund.
A recently-established cross-community voluntary group, called the North West Wellness Centre Committee (NWWCC), aims to have the centre in place by Spring 2008 to provide community breast screening with triple assessment for the people of the North West.
At present, Breast Check is not available in the region and when it is, it will screen people only between ages 50 and 64. Donegal women have to travel to Belfast for private screening.