Majella O'Donnell to tell all in "searingly
moving" new book
by Linda McGrory
MAJELLA O'Donnell will tell of her struggles with
marriage break-up, crippling depression and breast
cancer in a "searingly moving" autobiography to be
published next month.
'It's All in the Head': My Story', charts the story
of a wide-eyed, music-loving child growing up in
Tipperary with "dreams of a future full of hope and
The 54-year old wife of Donegal singer Daniel (52),
however reveals how these dreams were shattered by
the break-up of her first marriage and her ensuing
battle with severe depression that left her
The book will be released on October 9 by UK
publishers Simon & Schuster.
It will go
head-to-head, in autobiography season, with her
sister-in-law Margo O'Donnell's tome ‘Margo Queen of
Country & Irish: The Promise and the Dream’ which is
released on September 22.
However, fans of the two women have already
indicated that they are pre-ordering both books
The outspoken mother of two's "empowering" new
memoir will also recall her famous 'Late, Late Show'
moment, of September 2013, when she had her hair
shaved off live on national TV.
The charity event raised a phenomenal 600,000 euros
to help the Irish Cancer Society.
"It was a public declaration from a private woman, a
statement of enormous courage in her fight against
breast cancer," according to her publishers.
The front cover of Majella
O'Donnell's book which will be published on October
9. Image: Simon & Schuster.
The book also tells how
after the break-up of her first marriage, and with
her confidence and self-esteem at a low ebb, Majella
decided to take charge of her life and make a fresh
“Destiny lent a hand” when she met and fell in love
with world-famous crooner Daniel in Tenerife. Their
marriage in 2002 brought "immense happiness and
fulfilment" until tragedy again struck with her
devastating breast cancer diagnosis.
Majella's publishers promise readers a compelling
story about "a woman who has learned about life the
hard way, but who, with the love and support of her
family, husband Daniel “and the public by her side”
has “come through with a force of character and a
deep-seated determination that will inspire us all”.
Meanwhile, Daniel and Majella jointly undertook the
Ice Bucket Challenge at The Irish Fiddler pub in
Tenerife yesterday, making donations to both motor
neurone and cancer services in Ireland. Daniel in
turn nominated Irish singer Dominic Kirwan while
Majella nominated Noeleen Murphy of the Irish