Singer Daniel in mourning as mum
Julia (94) dies
by Linda McGrory
SINGER Daniel O'Donnell is in mourning today
following the death of this beloved mother Julia
A heartbroken Daniel broke the news that his 94-year
old mother had passed away at 3.50am as her family
kept a bedside vigil.
"It is with great sadness that we have to announce
that our dear mother Julia passed away peacefully in
the loving care of the staff of Dungloe Hospital
surrounded by all her family on Sunday, May 18 at
3.50am," said Daniel (52).
Save the last dance: Daniel dances
with his beloved mother Julia at her 90th birthday
four years ago.
"My siblings John,
Margaret, Kathleen, James and myself would like to
thank you all for the kindness you have shown to her
down through the years. May her gentle soul rest in
peace," he added.
Daniel's wife Majella also revealed the news to her
"It is with sadness that I announce the death of
Daniel's mother Julia, rest in peace..." said
The Donegal singer rushed home earlier this week
from gigging in Scotland as his mother took very
Friends of the star have been posting messages of
love and support
"RIP Julia, a great woman," wrote one friend.
"You will all remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Love to you Daniel," another posted.
"Our thoughts are with you," said another.
Julia, a native of the small island of Owey, moved
to Kincasslagh when she married Francie O'Donnell.
The couple went on to have five children. Julia was
widowed prematurely in 1968 when Francie died
prematurely of a heart attack aged just 49. Youngest
child Daniel was only six years old and he fondly
recalls how Julia raised her five children single
"I suspect people have the impression that my mother
kept me hanging on to her apron strings when I was a
kid, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
"She wasn’t at all overprotective. I had great
freedom, a terrific childhood the same as everyone
else in our area. I was always in and out of
neighbours’ houses when I was a child and I was full
of news," Daniel told fans.
In recent years Julia went to live with Daniel’s
sister Kathleen and family in Kincasslagh.
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