Crowds delay removal of Daniel O’Donnell’s mother

Large crowds are expected to gather in Donegal tomorrow for the funeral of Daniel O’Donnell’s mother Julia who died in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Daniel O' Donnell with his mother Julia on her birthday. Pic: Facebook.

A heartbroken Daniel posted a message on his Facebook account, announcing his mother’s passing at the age of 1994.

“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 her family, on Sunday at 3.50am.

“My siblings, John, Margaret, Kathleen, James and myself would like to thank you all for the kindness shown to her down through the years. May her gentle soul rest in peace,” he wrote.

Julia’s removal from McGlynn’s funeral home to be waked at her home in Kincasslagh was delayed by half an hour after hundreds of people turned up to pay their respects.

Julia’s son James sat in the hearse which carried his late mother. His siblings followed in cars behind the cortege, Daniel being driven by his wife Majella.

The cortege was given a Garda escort as people lined the streets of Dungloe.

One local garda remarked: “Julia always wanted a trip in a Garda car for the fun of it. She didn’t get one, so it was fitting today that we provided an escort.”

The Daniel O’Donnell Visitors Centre closed as a mark of respect, as staff stood outside.

Julia will be waked at her home before being taken to St Mary’s Church in Kincasslagh for funeral Mass tomorrow afternoon.

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