Daniel O'Donnell 'thrilled' to receive freedom of Donegal


Family and friends of Daniel O’Donnell gathered yesterday for what the singer said was the biggest honour of his career. There was standing-room only at County House in Lifford when the singer turned up to receive the freedom of Co Donegal.

The singer received the award in recognition of his contribution to music and the ambassadorial role he has undertaken for Donegal for decades.

O’Donnell (50), became only the fifth person to receive the honour, joining sports stars Shay Given, Packie Bonner, songwriter Phil Coulter and the Brennan family of Clannad.

Among the many guests who joined the singer for the occasion included singer- songwriter Pete St John and the Canadian ambassador to Ireland, Loyola Ahern. The singer said he was genuinely overwhelmed by the honour.

“This is a privilege that I never expected but I am delighted and thrilled. As I listen to everybody speaking today it’s a privilege to be alive to hear these words that people often only hear at their own funeral. I am honoured and humbled.”