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Singer Daniel O'Donnell broke down in tears today as he said hymns, in both Irish and English, were sung by Daniel's close friend Mary Duff. About Daniel. On this page we hope to tell you a little about Daniel, where he comes from and what life was like for him growing up. A lot of what you read in this. Daniel O'Donnell talks to Patrick Freyne about the secret to his . On stage Daniel introduces his long-time collaborator Mary Duff for a few songs. “It was a bit of a problem for me, for a period, and we did split up. I'm still .. 'After six months I feel my partner should know if he wants to be in a relationship'.
Or is it only the really important things he prays for? If He saw fit for that to happen, it would be fine, too. Forty-five minutes earlier, the tanned superstar, wearing a check shirt, slacks and sandals, was waiting at the arrivals gate as I came through from the plane from Dublin. Majella has cooked something. We can get something to eat at the house.
Be that as it may, Daniel O'Donnell is an iconoclast on many levels. When we arrive at the plush residence, Majella is sitting out on the veranda with her bare feet tucked up under on the designer couch. Her daughter Siobhan and Siobhan's husband Gavin are sitting next to Maj. Daniel pours me a glass of red wine. Majella lifts some dinner up for Daniel and myself - chicken wrapped in bacon and tomato and mozzarella cheese - from the exceedingly sleek kitchen.
Siobhan's and Gavin's three-month-old baby Olivia is asleep in her cot in one of the house's many bedrooms. Daniel goes off to check on his grandchild. Majella says that she and Daniel are thinking of selling the house because it is so child-unfriendly. Not that they seem to spend that much time here - despite meeting in Tenerife 14 years ago in Majella's parents' bar. Majella told me in an interview last year of their fateful first meeting: And as we were dancing, he leaned over and he kissed me.
It was far from Tenerife and round-the-globe voyages that Daniel Francis Noel O'Donnell was reared, of course - in a house with no toilet in the Donegal fishing village of Kincasslagh. Having retired to the living room area in Tenerife tonight, Daniel is soon lost in his early childhood and his love of singing. Getting up and singing. Like the priest would have concerts in the hall to raise money for whatever Strange for a child to be singing," Daniel says, meaning lyrics about the pain of being away from your native country like those in The Isle Of Inisfree "And precious things are dreams unto an exile" and the heart-break found in old country songs.
I mean, what would I have sung? You're just singing it. I mean, at the time I cried because everybody was crying. You know the way you can go back and think on things and what you felt? Like when my mother died I knew what it felt. My mother was nearly She was nearly 46 years a widow. Margaret started singing in So, my mother was involved in music all the way through.
She loved the whole razzmatazz of it and going places.Mary Duff And Daniel O'Donnell Till Each Tear Becomes A Rose
She went loads of places. My mother was very outgoing. I think a lot of us got it, all the family. My father was a very quiet man, I think. He was a very holy man, too. And, I believe, a very good person.
From what people say about him - people always talk good about the dead, but I think he was extraordinary when it came to people. He used to go to Scotland like a lot of people in Donegal and the west coast - Mayo and that area. He would go away in the winter time and he would go work on farms.
Then he would come home for other periods and do turf and set potatoes and all that kind of thing," Daniel says, adding that in relation to his mother's joie de vivre: The people have a quick comment at home that would be so the right comment for the moment and it would be so funny and comical but you'd need to be in the moment to get it.
By accident, Daniel provides an example of his particular sense of playfulness and wit when he notices that a few buttons on his shirt are open, revealing ample chest hair. With the moon peeping over the mountain down on his swimming pool tonight, Daniel can remember vividly the moment he realised he wanted to sing.
It was like an out-of-body experience for the teenager - a Daniel epiphany. They were singing along with it. I could see a smile, a happiness. I thought, 'I'm really happy doing this. Wouldn't it be great to do this all the time? So it was kind of a strange thing for two people in a family to be successful at.
You know if you want to be a doctor and you have the ability and education, you can have 10 doctors in the house," he says. So I went on to Galway to the regional college, doing business, and I knew when I was there that I would always wonder what would it have been like. I left there and I travelled with Margaret for two years. He recorded his first single, My Donegal Shore. I was nearly frightened to come out. One of the band looked out and said to me, 'Daniel, there's people everywhere.
And from then on, that was how it was," he says. After that concert, anonymity was pretty much over forever for Daniel O'Donnell.
We got punt. It was quite amazing. I had thought about giving up before that, before it started to happen for me. I think the fact when I go back to that thing of getting the opportunity to sing. It wasn't just that I wanted to sing. Where do I begin! My growing love handles! My teeth Pet Hates: Smoking followed by gossip Favourite Passtime: Playing Cards and Golf Fondest Memory: The first time I met Loretta Lynn. Up ya boy ya! Happiest Day of my Life: Ireland was a poor country at the time, things were being slowly modernized.
The only dark cloud in our lives was the sudden death of my father Francie when I was just a wee lad of six, the youngest in the family. My father was born in Acres near Burtonport in County Donegal. My mother, Julia, came from the little Island of Owey, just off the coast, near Kincasslagh where she now lives with my sister Kathleen, her husband John and their children. I was born on 12th December I have two brothers and two sisters. John is the eldest followed by Margaret Margo then Kathleen and James.
My first home was a lovely old house across the road from where my mother now lives in Kincasslagh. I used to sleep in a wee room off the kitchen. There were pots hanging from a crook over the open fire in the sitting room.
In fact, there was only one house in our area that I recall having a flush toilet when I was growing up. Our toilet was across the road — a tin hut!
Daniel O'Donnell breaks down in tears as mum Julia laid to rest
We moved into a new council house ina year before my father died. Although I was six years old when my father died from a heart attack at forty-nine, the only memories I seem to have are of him going away and returning home. He worked on farms in Scotland. It was hard, manual labour and a far cry from my own lifestyle today.
When he died, my mother lost her partner in life and was left alone to shoulder the responsibility of rearing us.
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The love and admiration I hold for my mother knows no bounds because she ensured we never wanted for anything. The school was a mile-and-a half from my home, so it was a long walk. We had tillies lamps in the early morning during the winter months to light up the rooms.
We had the old inkwells on the desks and it was a frightening affair when we had to progress from writing with pencils to negotiating with ink and nibs.
I never disliked school. I suppose I was average as people go, intelligence-wise. School took nothing out of me really.
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As far as a career was concerned, I was good at maths in secondary school and consequently I thought about the bank as a career. I was interested in teaching, but singing was always a possibility. I had great freedom, a terrific childhood the same as everyone else in our area.
I was like a newspaper on feet. And you know, now, I have no time for gossip or for people who spread gossip. From about the age of nine I went to work in the Cope, which is a general store in our area, and I earned a weekly wage of 2 pounds.
I got to know everyone around the district through the Cope. A day in the bog was a nightmare to me as I never got to grips with the skills required. It meant a team effort, and I have to work at my own pace. I worked in the Cope every summer till I was fourteen years old and I saved my weekly wage for my holidays at the end of August.
Christmas, for me, centred around the church as I always sang in the choir, even as a child. I always feel a real closeness to people in church and Christmas Eve in the chapel was something special.
Religious occasions like First Communion and Confirmation were among the highlights of our childhood years.
They were special occasions, not just in the religious sense but also as events to be celebrated. When I received my First Communion, there was no family outing to a posh restaurant. We went home after church and had the normal family meal. There was no place to go! I used to spend my summers with my granny on the little island of Owey which is now uninhabited.
The island was lovely. The views were just fantastic. You could sit for hours just marveling at the world around you. The acting that used to go on in those houses was something else! Granny eventually came to live with us in Kincasslagh until she died in Daniels Teenage Years My interest in music and fashion really started to develop when I became a teenager.
There were dances at the village hall and I was allowed out to them, but all the old ones would be at them too. I had girlfriends, but we were fierce innocent, not like the kids nowadays. The Ceili traditional dancing was a very popular form of entertainment in our area when I was growing up. It was a great opportunity to slip in beside someone you fancied. I was very unhappy at college and I longed for home. I used to hitch home every weekend or take the bus. The summer before I started college, I had a great time when I went down to Dublin to work.
We used to go to dances every night and the Irish Club on Sunday afternoons. It was a marvellous time. I was eighteen-and-a half and I really was as happy as Larry. So the fact of being away from home was not really the problem in Galway.
I was doing a business studies course in college and I had planned to go on to university and maybe take up teaching. Before the first Christmas in college, I met my sister Margaret in the local hotel and I told her that I was unhappy and that I wanted to leave college and become a singer.
Margaret had already established a very successful singing career. She was known the length and breath of Ireland as Margo, she was a household name. Margaret started singing when I was only 1 year old. Everybody in Ireland knew who she was. Back then, she was as well known as Cliff Richard is in the U. She had the same level of success in Ireland then that I would have now. It was through Margaret that I developed my interest in the music of the showbands.
So, when I decided to leave college, Margaret agreed that I could join her band. I got very little encouragement when I started out because people thought that my music was from a bygone era and had no relevance or place in the world today. I felt they were wrong and I was right because I have succeeded in doing what I wanted to do.
One of the members of the band tried to teach me but there was no point. All I wanted to do was sing. I was allowed to sing out front sometimes and I loved the applause. It was like a drug and I was getting hooked. There comes a time when you have to take a gamble to achieve whatever it is you want and gamble I did.
I told Margaret that I was planning to leave and become a singer in my own right. I decided to make my own record in and I had nothing at the time. I had saved enough money to make a record and that was it. On 9th FebruaryI went into the studios and I recorded four tracks: It was certainly humble beginnings because I sold every one of those records myself. In July I formed my first group, Country Fever.