Daniel O’Donnell’s mother dies in hospital

Julia O'Donnell with her son Daniel
Julia O'Donnell with her son Daniel

Country singer Daniel O’Donnell’s mother - Julia O’Donnell - has died in the early hours of today.

The 94-year-old passed away in Dungloe Community Hospital, Co Donegal, with her family at her bedside.

News of her death was posted on Daniel’s official website.

“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 all her family on Sunday 18th May at 3.50am.

“My siblings John, Margaret, Kathleen, James and myself would like to thank you all for the kindness you have shown to her down through the years.

“May her gentle soul rest in peace.”

Mrs O’Donnell became well known for hosting tea parties at their family home in Kincasslagh, County Donegal.

Last week Daniel returned from touring in Scotland after his mother became unwell.

He once described his mother as “the biggest influence on my life”.