Daniel plans quiet Christmas as Majella finishes treatment

Daniel O’Donnell has revealed his wife Majella has finished her cancer treatment and they are both looking forward to spending Christmas together.

Daniel is currently on tour in America but he says he cannot wait to get home to Donegal for the festive season.

“I am pleased to tell you that Majella has finished her chemotherapy treatment and she is beginning to feel, as she says, ‘normal again’,” he said.

“We will be spending Christmas at home and then we plan to go to Tenerife for a month in the New Year. We are both looking forward to some quiet time.”

Daniel and Majella have built a house in his native Kincasslagh and Daniel often sings at midnight Mass in his local church.

He will play Dublin’s Convention Centre before Christmas and will also appear on The Late Late Show on Dec 13.

Majella managed to raise more than €500,000 for the Irish Cancer Society when she had her head shaved live on the Late Late before she started chemotherapy for breast cancer.

However, despite Majella’s amazing recovery from cancer, Daniel has revealed that the festive season will be tinged with sadness after the passing of Majella’s father Tom, who died in Tenerife when he fell down the stairs in October and suffered a brain bleed.

Daniel says Tom was one of his biggest fans and would have been annoyed that Daniel cancelled some of his concerts because of his father-in-law’s death.

“It was a great shock for everyone, as Tom had been in good health and had planned to spend the five weeks in Branson with me while Majella’s mother Marion stayed with Majella while finishing her treatment,” said Daniel.

“However, God’s plan was different to ours and we have to accept what He sends us. Tom was a great character and had a huge interest in everything that I was doing.

“Before he passed away, he was looking forward to seeing would our album A Picture Of You make it into the charts in the UK, making it 26 years in a row to have an album in the charts.

“He would have been very annoyed to think that his passing caused me to cancel all the promotion that was planned for the album as well as the remainder of the shows left on the UK tour.”


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