A household name throughout the UK and Ireland, Daniel O'Donnell live concert tours are the perfect occasion to get up close to the popular Irish singer if you happen to be a fan of his music, or know someone who is!
Daniel Francis Noel O'Donnell was born on 12 December 1961 in Dungloe but spent much of his early years in the village of Kincasslagh in County Donegal, Ireland. He is one of five children and the youngest within the Roman Catholic family. Daniel O' Donnell first considered a career in banking whilst he was at school which is why he went onto learn about Business Studies when he was in Galway but music was always in the background and it wasn't long before it took hold and he became a permanent fixture in his sister, Margo's band, who was already a successful performer in Ireland.
Unfortunately because he didn't get the chance to perform many solo songs with Margo's band, he decided to record his own record in 1983 where he produced his first single My Donegal Shore with his own money. He formed another group called Country Fever and when they separated, he formed The Grassroots when he was noticed by the Ritz label and put in contact with Sean Reilly who has remained his manager ever since. Under his management, Daniel O'Donnell's popularity grew and he began to start selling out concerts on a regular basis.
It was in the Nineties when Daniel O'Donnell became a household name in both the UK and Ireland, appearing on a variety of TV shows and achieving recognition from the industry where he won Donegal Person of the Year and Irish Entertainer of the Year among many other accolades. His first hit single in the UK was I Just Want To Dance With You which led to his first ever performance on Top of the Pops. To date, Daniel O'Donnell has had 20 Top 40 albums, 15 top 40 singles and sold over 10 million records. He has been awarded an Honorary MBE for his services to the music industry and there is a special Daniel O'Donnell Visitors Centre in Dungloe which has a variety of personal possessions on display including his gold discs and his wedding suit of all things!
Daniel O'Donnell - I Just Want To Dance With You
Daniel O'Donnell – Mary From Dungloe