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Daniel O'Donnell - Biography
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|Daniel O'Donnell was born on 12 December, 1961 in Dungloe, County Donegal, Ireland, the son of Francis and Julia O'Donnell. He grew up in Kincasslagh, also in Donegal, with his four siblings: John (the eldest), Margaret (Margo), Kathleen, and James. He has described the Ireland of his childhood as a poor country. In 1968, his father died from a heart attack at the age of forty-nine. Daniel spent his childhood summers with his grandmother on the island of Owey (now uninhabited). Daniel's grandmother later came to live with the O'Donnells until her death in 1971.
O'Donnell's interest in music began as a teenager, when he enjoyed traditional Irish dancing at the local village hall. Discontented with life at Galway Regional College, he told his sister Margo that he wanted to become a singer. Margo was already an established singer and a household name in Ireland and, in 1980, Daniel left college to join her band and pursue his dreams.
His career started to take off after he recorded and released Johnny McCauley's My Donegal Shore in 1983, with £1,200 of his own money, selling most of the copies himself. Later that year, he formed his own musical group, Country Fever. After the group disbanded, he formed The Grassroots. In 1985, the manager of the Ritz label, Mick Clerkin, saw him perform, and introduced him to Sean Reilly, who remains his manager to this day.
On 4 November, 2002, O'Donnell married 41-year-old Irish businesswoman Majella McLennan, who has two teenage children from a previous marriage. The couple met while on vacation in Tenerife, where O'Donnell now has a second home. His main home is in Kincasslagh, where he had previously owned a hotel.
Daniel is well-known for his uplifting live performances."Daniel", as he's affectionately know by his fans, has written an autobiography entitled My Story. In 2002, he was awarded an honorary (due to his Irish citizenship) MBE in the Order of the British Empire for his services to the music industry. He has had twenty UK Top 40 albums as well as fifteen Top 40 singles and has sold 10 million albums worldwide