Donegal’s greatest ambassador Daniel O’Donnell is all set to joining such luminaries as Packie Bonner, Shay Given. Phil Coulter, the 28th. Infantry Battalion to name but a few after being offered the Freedom of the County.
County Mayor, Noel McBride has offered the Kincasslagh native the Freedom of the County on behalf of the people of Donegal and Daniel has graciously accepted this rare honour which will be conferred in June.
This comes days before Daniel is set to open the museum in Dungloe this weekend which is dedicated to him and will include many mementoes of Daniel’s early days in the music business.
With countless awards to his name, including a 1989 Donegal Person of the Year award and a 2002 Honorary MBE for services to the music industry and charity, Daniel is also a recognised philanthropist, and despite his successes, has never lost his identity or forgotten his roots.
In the past the Rosses man has always said that the most important award he has ever received was the Donegal Person of the Year in 1989 as it was from his own countymen - this latest accolade will be very close to the singer’s heart as it is yet another recognition by his fellow countymen.
Now 25 years in business Daniel has succeeded where many others have failed - he has succeeded in breaking into the American, British and Australian markets and regularly tours there playing to full houses wherever he goes.
Many top artists including Robbie Williams, Westlife and many others have failed to make any impact on the lucrative market.
Having released almost 40 albums and with sales in excess of 10 million, Daniel is one of the most successful recording artists that Ireland has ever produced and one of the best ambassadors the county has from a tourism perspective.
Mayor McBride commented that this award is in recognition of the outstanding contribution that Daniel has made as an ambassador for the county.
The conferring ceremony will take place on 22nd June at 3pm at Lifford County House.