Tuesday 23 January 2018

Daniel: We were blessed to spend final days with mum Julia

The late Julia O'Donnell with her son Daniel. (Photo: Eoin Mc Garvey)
The late Julia O'Donnell with her son Daniel. (Photo: Eoin Mc Garvey)

Stephen Maguire

SINGER Daniel O'Donnell has revealed how his family thought their mother would live forever.

The singer made a beautiful and touching tribute to his late mother Julia following her death recently at the age of 94.

Daniel, who is currently on tour in North America, took to his social media account to honour his late mother.

"Hello there, to be honest, I'm not sure how to start this little note to you.

"I'm sure I don't have to say how difficult the past few weeks have been for myself and all the family.

"Even though my mother was 94, somehow I think we all thought she was going to live forever," said the 52-year-old.

The Donegal star said his family knew how fortunate they had been to have had her for so long, but at this time it was not that easy to be rational.

"She was so much a part of all of our lives and took a great interest in everything we did, from my eldest brother John, right down to the youngest great- grandchild Lauren.

"I suppose she had that sense of pride in us all that only a mother can have.

"We were blessed to be able to spend her final days with her and she was with us in mind right until the very end.

"We were so lucky that my mother was able to be cared for by the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff of Dungloe Hospital.

"The care she received was second to none and their kindness to her and to us, we will never forget," he said.

"My father died almost 46 years ago and I have no doubt that they are now reunited.

"We were overwhelmed by the amount of people who attended her wake and funeral.

"If you were able to say a funeral was lovely, we can definitely say that about my mothers.

"I would also like to thank you on behalf of all the family for your kind messages of sympathy and your prayers at this time.

"During this trip, people have brought letters she wrote to them to show me, gloves she knitted and many who met her had stories to share with me, and, of course, in our hearts she will live forever.

"Until we meet again Mam, Rest in Peace," added Daniel.

Irish Independent

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