Daniel O'Donnell to be recognised for his humanitarian work
DONEGAL'S most famous son Daniel O’Donnell is to be inducted into a Scandinavian Hall of Fame, an honour usually reserved for singers of Nordic descent.
The country singer will be bestowed the honour at this year’s Norsk Hostfest in Dakota in recognition of his humanitarian and charity work.
The Donegal crooner will be performing at the festival held in Dakota, north America this September, where he will be officially nominated to the Hall
The festival, founded more than 40 years ago, is a non-profit organisation that raises funds to preserve Scandinavian culture, heritage and education in north America.
Previous inductees to the Hall of Fame include Kris Kristofferson and Josh Duhamel.
While it is an award that usually recognises notable persons of Nordic descent who have achieved greatness in their fields of endeavour, this year it will also recognise the singer who organisers say is “special to Norsk Hostfest” and whose efforts have contributed significantly to the betterment of humanity.
Daniel has been chosen to receive the Humanitarian Award as a Hostfest performer and as a tribute to his work with charitable causes, most notably the Romanian Challenge Appeal which has raised more than €700,000.
The charity builds houses for disabled and abandoned children and this charity work has also seen Daniel receive Romania’s second highest honour Officer of the National Order of Loyal Service.
North Dakota governor Doug Burgum will host a Viking banquet for the 57-year-old singer and his wife Majella after which there will be concert with Daniel performing along with Michael Bolton and the Beach Boys.