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Daniel Francis Noel O’Donnell (born December 12, 1961) is an Irish singer, television presenter and philanthropist. After rising to public attention in 1983 he has since become a household name in Ireland and Britain, with numerous hit albums and singles.

Early Life

Daniel O’Donnell was born in Dungloe, County Donegal, Ireland, the youngest of five children of a Roman Catholic family. When he was six years old his father died suddenly from a heart attack. His mother worked to support the family, and also later ran a guest house and shop. He is the only one of his siblings still living in Dungloe.

Personal Life

O’Donnell married his wife, Majella, in 2002. The couple lives in Kincasslagh, Donegal. They have no children together.
O’Donnell has two children and two adopted grandchildren who are his wife’s grandchildren.

Career

O’Donnell’s musical career began in 1982 when he entered and won a talent contest in Letterkenny. In February 1983, he released his first single, “My Donegal Shore.” He formed his own singing group later that year called Country Fever. After the Country Fever disbanded, he started “The Grassroots”. Mick Clerkin, the Ritz label’s manager, saw him perform and introduced him to Sean Reilly, who has remained his manager since then. He released his first album in 1983 and has released over 30 albums, including several best-sellers. He has also appeared in a number of stage musicals and television shows.

He was a household name in both Ireland and Great Britain by the mid-nineties. He was a familiar face on popular television shows in both countries, as well as receiving several accolades.

Discography

Studio albums

  • The Boy from Donegal
  • Two Sides of Daniel O’Donnell
  • I Need You
  • Don’t Forget to Remember
  • From the Heart
  • Thoughts of Home
  • The Last Waltz
  • Follow Your Dream
  • Especially for You
  • Christmas with Daniel
  • Timeless (with Mary Duff)
  • The Daniel O’Donnell Irish Collection
  • Songs of Inspiration
  • I Believe
  • Love Songs
  • Faith and Inspiration
  • Live, Laugh, Love
  • Yesterday’s Memories
  • Daniel in Blue Jeans
  • At the End of the Day
  • The Jukebox Years – 20 More Blue Jeans Classics
  • Welcome to My World
  • Teenage Dreams
  • Until the Next Time
  • Together Again (with Mary Duff)
  • Country Boy
  • Peace in the Valley
  • O’ Holy Night
  • Moon Over Ireland
  • Songs from the Movies and More
  • A Picture of You
  • The Hank Williams Songbook
  • I Have a Dream: Classic Songs from the Seventies
  • Christmas with Daniel
  • Walkin’ in the Moonlight
  • Halfway to Paradise
  • Daniel
  • 60

Awards and Honours

  • 1988 – RTÉ Guide Favourite Country Artist of the Year
  • 1989 – RTÉ Guide Favourite Country Artist of the Year
  • 1989 – Donegal Person of the Year
  • 1989 – IRMA Entertainer of the Year
  • 1990 – RTÉ Guide Favourite Country Artist of the Year
  • 1991 – RTÉ Guide Favourite Country Artist of the Year
  • 1991 – British Country Music Awards International Artist of the Year
  • 1991 – CMRU Most Popular British Vocalist
  • 1991 – IRMA Entertainer of the Year
  • 1992 – IRMA Entertainer of the Year
  • 1992 – RTÉ Guide Favourite Country Artist of the Year
  • 1992 – British Country Music Awards International Artist of the Year
  • 1992 – CMRU Most Popular British Vocalist
  • 1995 – British Country Music Awards International Artist of the Year
  • 1997 – British Country Music Awards Ambassador Award for Outstanding Services to Country Music
  • 2000 – This Is Your Life Tribute
  • 2002 – Awarded an Honorary MBE for services to the music industry and charity
  • 2004 – Lifetime Achievement Award from The Irish Post
  • 2011 – Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sunday World