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Country music legend Daniel O'Donnell turns 60

Daniel O'Donnell turns 60 on Sunday

DONEGAL's favourite son Daniel O'Donnell turns 60 this weekend, with the singer set to mark the milestone by celebrating live on RTÉ.

The country music legend will appear on tonight's Late Late Show, just two days before his birthday, where he will be joined by a host of musical stars.

O'Donnell is also expected to sing his new single, Lah De Dah, which is part of his new album, Daniel O'Donnell 60, that was released to mark his momentous birthday.

The Kincasslagh-born crooner has sold more than 10 million records over the course of his 40-year career, with his birthday album just recently going straight into the UK album chart at number four.

Just last year, he broke his own world record by becoming the first recording artist to chart at least one new album each year in the artist albums chart for 33 consecutive years.

His last release, Daniel, hit number three three in the UK charts last year, making it his highest ever top 40 placing.

Tonight O’Donnell will join Late Late Show host Ryan Turbidy for the birthday celebrations with music stars Paddy Cole, Margo O’Donnell, Cliona Hagan and Susan McCann also among the guests set to appear.

Ryan Turbidy, host of the Late Late Show

O'Donnell's friends Packie Bonner and Shona McGarty are also due to join him for the celebrations.

Tonight's show will also see former RTÉ presenter Charlie Bird speak candidly about his recent motor neurone disease diagnosis and the first four contestants to take part in the new series of Dancing with the Stars when it returns to RTÉ One in January will be unveiled.

The Late Late Show is on RTÉ One tonight at 9.35pm.

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