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Majella steps out after cancer op

ABSOLUTELY nothing can keep a good woman down.

Just weeks after undergoing a double mastectomy to have her breasts removed, singer Majella O'Donnell was full of life when attended a glitzy social event in Dublin.

The wife of legendary crooner Daniel O'Donnell is on the road to recovery following the operation that she underwent after being diagnosed with breast cancer last summer.

Despite her gruelling health battle, the 53-year-old was her usual glamorous self when she arrived at the first in the Irish Tatler Academy Breakfast Club series at the Marker Hotel.

"Majella is recovering well and is refusing to let the cancer get her down," a friend of the singer told the Herald.

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Majella, who had her head shaved on the Late Late Show last year, proudly showed off her short locks, which she said she had no intention of covering up.

The Tipperary native showed off her slender figure in a cream figure-hugging dress.

It has been a difficult seven months for the singer who had to deal with the cancer diagnosis as well as the death of her father.

She started chemotherapy in September and underwent a double mastectomy last month.

Majella was joined at the event by author Emma Hannigan, who recently opened up to the Herald about her battle with cancer for the ninth time.

In 2005, the 38-year-old discovered she was a carrier of the BRCA gene. Women with the gene mutation are up to 90pc more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Despite undergoing a double mastectomy and having her ovaries removed as a precautionary measure, she was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time in 2007 and has seen it return time and again.

The two women were guest speakers at the inaugural Irish Tatler breakfast, alongside mental health advocate Dil Wickremasinghe and former CEO of Harmonia Publishers Norah Casey, who hosted the event.

The woman-only event was attended by a crowd of 130 people and coincides with International Women's Day.

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