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Daniel has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Friday night’s Late Late Show Country Special.

Only the second person ever to receive the industry’s highest accolade, Daniel follows in the footsteps of the late Mainliners front man Big Tom, who received the award in 2016. Daniel was presented the award following a much anticipated duet of the Roger Miller classic “King of the Road” which he performed with Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy.

Daniel said: “I am truly honoured to receive this award and to follow such a great as Big Tom. It means so much to me to be acknowledged by my peers here in Ireland”.  Ryan Tubridy commented “Daniel has been a firm friend of the Late Late Show for such a long time, and it was our absolute pleasure to play a part in recognising the extraordinary contribution that he has made to the country music industry in Ireland. We wish him nothing but continued success and happiness in all that he does”.

Fr. Brian D’Arcy, who presented Daniel with the award, said: “Nobody deserves the award more than Daniel. It’s only the second time this award has been presented, the other recipient being the late Big Tom. It is in recognition of what he has done for country music, not only at home here in Ireland, but across the world. Daniel is highly regarded as an international artist, especially in Nashville, the home of country music”.


Daniel O’Donnell, currently on tour in Australia and Asia, released a brand new album ‘Gold Collection’ last week in the UK . The album has just entered the UK charts at #9 with a bullet – expecting to move further up the charts over the next few days, cementing the star’s unbroken record of being the only artist to have had an album in the UK Top 30 for thirty two consecutive years!

The sixty track three CD compilation features recording from across his entire recording career and features duets with his long-term singing partner Mary Duff, along with special duets recorded with Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride. The album is available on CD, digitally from Amazon and as an abridged version on special heavyweight Gold vinyl. Closer to home fans of Daniel will be delighted to hear that he returns to our TV screens this Sunday evening on RTE One for his USA Roadtrip, when himself and wife Majella embark on a 1,000 mile road trip from Chicago to Minot in North Dakota.

Daniel and Majella have always dreamed of going on a road trip across America and when an invitation to play in North Dakota came up, the opportunity was too good to pass. Deciding to take a less direct route to the concert, Daniel and Majella landed in Chicago a few weeks early and took a unique road trip deep through the Mid-West of America in an RV.

However, the romance of hitting the open road in an RV is very different to the reality. The scenery of Wisconsin, Minnesota, South and North Dakota is breathtaking and the rolling plains of The Badlands are stunning, but life in an RV would test any couple as we will see in the show. There are lots of laughs, some tears and tons of surprises in Daniel and Majella’s USA Road Trip RTE One Sunday 10th March 2019. Put your seat belt on and strap yourself in for this journey of a life time.



A Valentine’s Day message from Daniel, “Save The Last Dance For Me”. What a beautiful version of a classic song.

It is available to stream right now along with many more of Daniel’s Love Songs right now on Spotify.

It’s is also one of 60 brilliant tracks on the forthcoming Daniel ‘Gold’ album set for release on the 1st March. Available to order right now from Amazon for just £5.99, digitally, and as an abridged version on special heavyweight Gold vinyl. You can order yours right here:

Room To Improve

The Room to Improve TV programme was one of the most watched shows on RTE TV 1 in Ireland, on prime time, after the main news, on a Sunday night in February.  The programmes got ratings in excess of  a 53% share of the TV viewership, which is over 1 million viewers in Ireland – a staggering achievement for it’s third season.

Even though it required Daniel and Majella to move out of their Donegal home over Christmas, its ultimate success, as well as the complete re-modelling of their home, albeit at a high cost to them, made it all worthwhile.

Daniel & Majella had been thinking about getting some renovation work done on the house to make it accommodate their needs better.  Shortly after they had been talking about these possible alterations Majella happened to meet Dermot Bannon at an ideal homes exhibition in Dublin’s RDS. He was talking about the importance of light in dark spaces and this rang a bell with her as they had to turn on the light in their kitchen every morning, whether it was a bright day or not. She asked him if he would come up to Donegal to give them some professional advice, as an architect, regarding what changes they should make to the house. He replied that of course he would, but he also asked if they would be willing to have the whole process featured on his Room to Improve Show on RTE.

They thought about it and the rest is history as they say.  Dermot did a fantastic job, literally changing the whole house.  Daniel & Majella just love what they did, there is more light now with bigger widows, plus many other modifications and it turned out absolutely magnificent.

Opry Le Daniel – From The Millenium Forum in Derry

TG4 television’s highest viewed country music show, Opry le Daniel, returned to the Millennium Forum, Derry (Londonderry) for 7 nights back in May of this year.

With two concerts per night scheduled from 7.45pm, Opry is the biggest televised extravaganza of country music, with artists from both home and abroad performing on stage with Ireland’s own king of country music, Daniel O’ Donnell.

Series Seven kicked off on Sunday 13th May with the first of one of this year’s new concept shows ‘Country Music Family’, which introduced well known singer/songwriter/musician Brendan Quinn performing with his sons James and Stephen, both accomplished performers in their own right, whilst the second concert of the opening night saw the legendary Charley Pride take to the stage. Pride, of course, needed no introduction to country music followers the world over and made what is to be his only appearance in Ireland in 2018 in Derry.

Monday 14th saw Opry giving a truly entertaining tribute show to the iconic George Jones with Jimmy Buckley and Robert Mizzell performing some of George’s best loved songs with special guest Georgette Jones, daughter of country music’s golden couple, George Jones and Tammy Wynette. The second concert also featured a ‘Country Music Family’, this time with Dominic Kirwan and sons Barry and Colm. Colm has been working and living in Nashville for over 5 years now and during that time he toured across the USA as support act for the late great Don Williams. Colm’s song “I Love the Way You Love Me” was produced in Nashville by Victoria Shaw who co-wrote “The River” for Garth Brooks. He took time out from his own very successful American television appearances to appear with his Dad and brother.

Derek Ryan, Ireland’s latest star, took to the stage on Tuesday 15th with his father Pat and his brother Adrian for a third ‘Country Music Family’ show. This was followed by the ‘new’ up and coming stars on the country scene, artists such as Stuart Moyles, Keelan Arbuckle, Olivia Douglas and Caitlin & Brandon McPhee from Scotland.

Wednesday 16th brought together the ‘Classic Country’ artists from the ‘70’s era who kept country music alive during the ‘disco’ years – John Hogan, Kathy Durkin, Shawn Cuddy and Gloria.

Also appearing were some of the new ‘Contemporary Country’ performers of today, Donna Taggart, Jacqui Sharkey & Niamh McGlinchey, giving us their own style of country.

Two of the biggest names in country music were paid tribute to on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th, with Sandy Kelly, Declan Nerney and Jordan Mogey ‘singing’ Johnny Cash. Both Sandy and Declan toured or sang with the ‘man in black’ whilst Jordan has received much praise from his peers for his renditions of Cash songs. Sandy also recorded her number one duet in Ireland “The Woodcarver” with Johnny. Following the tribute show is undoubtedly one of new country’s gems, Lisa McHugh, who has gained a massive following from all over Ireland and abroad.  Friday’s show, the final ‘tribute’ show, was dedicated to the one and only ‘Gentleman of Country’, Mr. Jim Reeves. Paying tribute is the undoubted no.1 performer of Reeves songs, Al Grant accompanied by Tony Kerr, Patrick Feeney and Matt Leavy. The brilliant Isla Grant closed off the evening in her own inimitable style.

Closing night, Saturday 19th, brought together a group of female singing artists with a wealth of performing experience between them. The first concert was a celebration of the music and songs of an icon who was once described as the leading female country music artist in the world, the fabulous and unforgettable, Loretta Lynn. Leading this exceptional night was none other than Loretta’s granddaughter, Tayla Lynn who was accompanied by Leona Williams, all the way from Tennessee, the latter having performed many times with Loretta both on stage and screen. Leona was also married to the late great Merle Haggard once upon a time and she also co-wrote hits with him, as well as performing with his band and writing hit songs for several other top US Country stars.

Joined by Niamh Lynn and Louise Morrissey, two of Ireland’s best female country music artists of our time, these four ladies enthralled the audience with their musical prowess. The closing concert of the night hosted the enigmatic Rita Coolidge, known the world over for penning such songs as ‘Help me make it through the Night’ and ‘Me and Bobby Magee’ with her then husband Kris Kristofferson.

All Shows were recorded in front of a live audience, mixing profiles / archive and comments from their biggest fans, Opry le Daniel brings the essence of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry to Derry.

The Late Late Country Special on RTE

Picture Andres Poveda  The Late Late Show is Ireland’s most popular and prestigious television show and is one of the longest running chat shows in the world. It has been running now for almost an unbelievable 56 years, having been first broadcast back in July 1962, and it’s massive popularity shows no signs of abating.

On Thu 19th April, Ryan Tubridy, the show’s current host, brought together the best and the brightest of the Irish country music scene for one of the most anticipated Late Late Shows of the year, ‘The Late Late Show Country Special’.

The Country Specials have proven to be one of the most popular of the Late Late Shows, with each of the Specials drawing more than a 50% viewing share.

Picture Andres Poveda

The show saw some of the biggest names on the scene join Ryan in the studio in a show dedicated entirely to the ever popular music genre of Irish country. It also paid a very special tribute to the legendary country music singer, the late great Big Tom McBride, who passed away only the Tuesday before the show’s airing.

Guests included, Daniel, Ronan Keating, Lisa McHugh, Derek Ryan, Nathan Carter, Gloria, Philomena Begley, Louise Morrissey, Jimmy Buckley, TR Dallas, Margo, Robert Mizzell, Tony Allen, Mick Foster,  Charlie Landsborough, Michael English, Susan McCann, Declan Nerney, Mike Denver, Paddy Cole, Sandy Kelly, Brendan Quinn, Charley Pride and many more.

At the end of the show, Daniel led all the other artists in singing a medley of songs made famous by Big Tom.

Daniel & Majella’s 3rd B&B Series – Another Great Success

Two days after Daniel got back home from his American tour on March 6th, he and Majella began the filming of the next B&B TV series, for transmission in May. They had a bigger response than ever from B&B’s wanting to take part for this third season of the hit series.  As on the previous two series, they were not told where they were going, but needless to say, they enjoyed travelling round to all the different B&B’s and all the varied activities that the owners had lined up for them.  And when it was aired last month, like the first two series,  it was a resounding success.