Donegal’s best loved ambassador, Daniel O’Donnell, found himself seeking the assistance of a more formal ambassador this week as he continued on his sell out tour of Australia and New Zealand this week.
Daniel and his wife, Majella, who recently enjoyed a quick break in the sun, had flown to Australia in advance of the 25 strong crew to do some promotional work on both television and print media in Australia.
During their time there they were also able to take in many of the local tourist attractions and meet up with the many Donegal people who have made Donegal their new home.
Just as the couple were about to about to leave Australia to join the crew in New Zealand Donegal’s famous crooner realised that he had lost his passport which was putting his much anticipated appearance in New Zealand in jeopardy.
Daniel immediately had to take a flight to Canberra which, contrary to popular belief, is actually the state capital and where the Irish Embassy is located.
Daniel was accorded first class care by our diplomatic corps “down under” and while his new passport was being prepared he was taken by HE Mr. Noel White, the Irish Ambassador to Australia, to his residence where the both enjoyed a good cup of tea!
Immediately afterwards, Daniel jetted off to New Zealand where he made it just in time for his first show of the tour.
Daniel is performing in 17 different locations in the Southern Hemisphere with packed houses expected in every venue.
A spokesperson for the group said, “To date the tour has been just great - the welcome we have been given is really just amazing. There seems to be so many Irish people over here and everybody including the Australians just want to talk about Ireland. It is a great experience with packed houses everywhere we go.”
During the tour Daniel and Majella and all the party have been able to take some time out enjoying the sights and culture which has now become practically a second home to so many Irish people at the moment.
After a great party this week which celebrated Mary Duff’s birthday, the crew are now all looking forward to St. Patrick’s Day where they will be performing in Brisbane and meeting up with so many of their Irish friends.