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Video: Daniel O'Donnell surprises hospital residents with impromptu concert

Residents at Falcarragh Community Hospital were delighted with singing star, Daniel O'Donnell's impromptu concert.
Seamus McKinney

DANIEL O’Donnell has staged an impromptu open-air concert in the grounds of a Donegal hospital for elderly residents who have been cocooning since the start of the coronavirus crisis.

Residents at Falcarragh Community Hospital stood at windows as the Donegal singer moved around the outside of the building singing many of the fans' favourites and chatting with residents while maintaining social distancing.

The special concert is just the latest given by the singer at residential and care homes in north west Donegal since the Covid-19 lockdown started. For many residents of the homes it has been a welcome distraction as they have not been able to meet guests or family members for two months.

The Falcarragh event followed a similar one in Dungloe last week and another one in Gweedore.

Singer, Daniel O'Donnell has staged a number of open-air concerts for elderly residents who are "cocooning" in Donegal hospitals and care homes.

Ani O’Donnell, who works at Falcarragh Community Hospital, said everyone was delighted with the entertainer’s gesture. She said he contacted the hospital before arriving so that residents could get ready.

Posting pictures and videos the event on her Facebook site, and thanking O'Donnell on behalf of staff and residents, she said it was an unforgettable experience.

“Words cannot express the joy you brought to the residents this afternoon," she wrote.

O’Donnell said he discussed the concerts with his wife Majella before acquiring a small speaker for the performances.

“It passed the time for me, takes nothing out of me and gives a wee bit of a change of atmosphere to those people who are in the hospitals and various places,” he said.

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