first_imgDaniel on stage entertaining fans in Dungloe. Pics by Northwest Newspix.Daniel O’Donnell fulfilled a promise he made to fans a year ago and played his one and only concert for 18 months yesterday.The country star with the midas returned to the scene of the town he was due to play this weekend a year ago.But just hours before he was due to the take the stage in Dungloe in 2014, his beloved mum Julia passed away at the local community hospital aged 94.A fan gets into the swing of things.Despite his heartache and grief, Daniel, 53, vowed to return to play a fundraiser for the hospital which cared so lovingly for his mum.And despite taking a long-deserved break from touring, Daniel kept his promise to the delight of fans from across the globe yesterday.Despite the driving wind and rain, the town enjoyed a carnival atmosphere as thousands of fans came from as far away as Australia.Daniel paid tribute to the oldest concert-goer, a woman aged 98, who had managed to get to the venue.After he left the stage around 6pm, the Kincasslagh crooner remembered the woman whom he had dedicated the occasion to.“It’s a year since we were supposed to do this concert for the hospital but my mother passed away on the day it was to go ahead and we’re only getting around to doing it now.Not even the rain could dampen the spirits of these fans.“The hospital and the people who work there are fantastic; they can’t do enough for the people who are there and this is my way of saying ‘thanks’ for everything they did for my mother, but it’s also about trying to get them some money so they can continue their incredible work.“It was an awful day but there’s nothing you can do about that; the show had to go on this time and I think everyone enjoyed themselves and that’s the main thing,” he said.Daniel had posed for pictures and mingled with fans as he belted out hit after hit.There were just 1,500 seats available for yesterday’s concert in a car park at the back of the local Cope DIY store.Those who wanted a seat paid an extra €5 on top of their tickets charge.But nobody complained as all of the monies went directly to the local hospital.Nobody was turned away other as those without tickets were given the option of making a donation. Fans had to get well wrapped-up in the horrific weather conditions. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Many more of Daniel’s dedicated fans brought their own fold-up chairs for the two-hour concert.Among those who was queuing from 10am yesterday was Bridie McDermott, a second generation Irishwoman who was holidaying in Ireland from her home in New York when she heard of the concert.“I knew I just had to see Daniel perform in what is his local town. I knew I might not get the chance again.“I’m probably not as big a fan as many of those who go to see him at every chance, but I think he is an amazing performer and such a wonderful person.“I have heard so many stories of his generosity and he never looks for any publicity from them. He’s an amazing human being,” she said.Many of those at the concert were ‘GAA widows’ whose husbands had packed them off to the concert so they could attend Donegal’s big GAA game at MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey.Among them was Letterkenny woman Mary Temple whose daughter Fiona had accompanied her mum to the concert while husband Seamus went to the big game.But not to be outdone, Daniel even arranged for a huge screen to show the game for those who attended the concert.The star has promised to reveal just how much yesterday’s concert has managed to raise for the local hospital as soon as organisers know.Despite giving a two performance, Daniel stayed at the concert and posed for pictures with fans and chatted until after the fundraiser ended at 9pm. DANIEL FULFILS HIS PROMISE TO FANS IN HONOUR OF HIS LATE MOTHER was last modified: May 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:concertdaniel o’donnellJulialast_img read more