Majella's diary has
become almost as busy as her husbandís in recent
Her searingly honest portrayals of her battles both
with depression and breast cancer have seen her
become a beacon of hope for thousands of people at
home and abroad.
She has also become a published author and founder
of a mental health charity, and is in huge demand
for celebrity appearances and speaking engagements.
In response to one such invitation via social media
at the weekend, Majella tweeted:
"Unfortunately, not for the foreseeable future. I'm
out of the country most of the next 18 months."
Daniel shocked fans last year when he announced he
would take the first ever extended break of his
30-year music career, after finishing his stint on
the Gertrude Byrne Caribbean cruise.
He said Majella's cancer diagnosis made them both
realise that "life is short". Three months after the
announcement, the singerís beloved mother Julia
passed away, aged 94.
"For me this was a very big decision but there are a
number of things that Majella and I want to do and
even if we live to be 90 (which I hope we do) I
donít want to have to say 'I wish we took the time
to do such and such'," he told fans.
"I want to stress that this is not retirement, itís
just a sabbatical," he added.
Travel for leisure and a few visits to the fairways
for golf-loving Daniel, are likely to be on the
In the meantime, the only engagement pencilled in
for Daniel is a trip home in May to raise funds for
Dungloe hospital where his mother was treated. Fans
will have to wait until 2016 before he tours again.
The popular performer will kick off his
post-sabbatical tour at the INEC, Killarney, in