Wales has Tom Jones, Scotland has Rod Stewart and England has Cliff Richard, but back home in Ireland, Daniel O’Donnell is our main man.
Ireland’s answer to Sir Cliff – who he’s good pals with by the way – is a veteran of the dance hall and ballroom, known best for belting out tunes from the stage while couples happily waltz around the floor.
Known fondly in Irish circles as “Wee Daniel”, Daniel Francis Noel O’Donnell is an Irish country and folk singer, TV presenter and philanthropist who is quite the household name. He was born and raised in Donegal and first hit the music scene in the 1980s, joining his sister Margo’s band when his plans to go into banking fell through.
Is he well known in the UK?
If you grew up in the 80s or 90s it’s incredibly likely you’ll know his name. He first appeared on British TV with Terry Wogan back in 1986.
He made it into the UK charts with his first hit single in 1992: it was called I Just Want to Dance With You and won him a coveted spot on Top Of The Pops.
Thanks to his incredibly close relationship with his fans, his star continued to rise and in 2012, he became the first artist to have a different album in the British charts every year for 25 consecutive years.
One of his highest charting albums was Daniel O’Donnell: In Blue Jeans, which made it all the way to No 3 back in 2003.
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