DD HEALTH: CANCER survivor Majella O’Donnell and her husband Daniel will be among star-studded guests taking part in the inspirational Relay for Life Donegal event starting today.
Thousands of people are expected to take part in the main event at the LyIT campus in Letterkenny over the next two days – 5pm this evening until 5pm tomorrow (Sunday).
Majella has been cancer-free for two years and has been a huge advocate for cancer research and support for those suffering from the various forms of the illness.
Majella said: “I’d like to encourage everyone to come out and support this fantastic event. As we all know, cancer affects nearly all of us in our lives and we all need to get behind this and support it.”
Daniel added: “We want to be part of Relay for Life Donegal 2016. We certainly hope that it will be a great success.”
Daniel will be the closing act at the two-day festival when he takes to the stage tomorrow, Sunday, at 4pm.
Relay For Life is a 24 Hour community event which celebrates people who have survived a cancer diagnosis, remembers those lost to the disease and brings the community together to Fight Back against Cancer.
Here’s a message from the organisers:
Members of the public are very welcome to attend at any point during the 24 hours on 4th/5th June, from 5pm to 5pm
There are some important things to note:
The event is a Free event and starts at 5pm sharp on Sat 4th June If you would like to attend the opening ceremony please be on site no later than 4:30pm.
Parking for the event is free in LYIT. As there will be peak times throughout the 24 hours you are asked to park responsibly in and around the event.
On the day you will notice many people wearing purple “Survivors” tee shirts. These people are our VIP’s so feel free to greet them with a smile and a “hello”.
There will be many different activities throughout the days at the various team gazebos so please feel free to get involved.
Food / Tea / Coffee and refreshments will be for sale in “An Danlann” (the LYIT Sports Centre).
There will be additional toilet facilities available on the campus and in and around the event.
Some areas of the LYIT campus will not be accessible to members of the public so you are asked to please cooperate with event staff.
Drugs or Alcohol are not permitted on the grounds of LYIT at any point during the weekend.
This is a no-smoking venue, including e-cigarettes.
Animals are not permitted but there are no restrictions on guide dogs or assistance dogs.
As this is a family occasion, children are welcome but must be supervised at all times.
Please familiarise yourself with the emergency points in your vicinity throughout the day.
Comfortable shoes are a must if you are attending Relay For Life, high heels should not be worn for health and safety reasons. And most importantly, HAVE FUN!
MAJELLA O’Donnell has branded the way British cops are treating pal Cliff Richard as “disgraceful”.
Daniel O’Donnell’s wife spoke out over how the investigation of sex abuse allegations had been allowed to drag on, without any sign of charges being brought against the 75-year-old star.
Majella said: “What is happening is inhuman and should not be allowed. Why has he not been cleared yet?
“He hasn’t been arrested or charged after almost two years. It is disgraceful! Shame on the British police.”
The story first hit headlines in August 2014 when the BBC broadcast live footage of South Yorkshire Police raiding Cliffs’ home in Berkshire, UK, as the singer holidayed in Portugal.
Majella and husband Daniel were later photographed in Albufeira with Cliff where he owns a vineyard.
The couple, who described Cliff as “first and foremost a friend,”, said his name should not have been released to the media by UK police.
Majella said: “They hadn’t even spoken to the man. He would be the very first person to say that any person that has had an allegation made against him should absolutely and most definitely be investigated.”
The singer’s family has also been speaking up for the first time about the way allegations are being investigated.
Majella O Donnell has informed the organising committee for this year’s North West Breast Cancer Ball that she will be flying home from a sunny Tenerife to attend the ball this week.
Majella was guest of honour at last year’s Breast Ball. She spoke movingly of her own journey with breast cancer and made a very generous financial contribution to help promote ongoing research into breast cancer at Letterkenny University Hospital.
This year’s ball is this Friday 27th November at the Silver Tassie Hotel.
If, like Majella, you want to be part of this sparkling community event , tickets can still be purchased at The Silver Tassie or at Liberty Travel
Come along at 7.15pm and meet this year’s celebrity guest of honour, Áine Lawlor, RTE, and our medical special guest, Dr. Petrouskja van der Tol.
With Noel Cunningham at the helm, and the Kopycats in charge of the dance floor, it promises to be a fantastic night out!
Singer Daniel O’Donnell has revealed that wife Majella has become a knitting fanatic since learning she is to be a grandmother.
The Donegal entertainer and his wife recently revealed how Majella’s daughter Siobhan and her fiancé Gavin are expecting their first child.
Now Daniel, 53, has revealed how Majella has settled into the role of grand mother-to-be with ease!
“We’ve had some wonderful news. Siobhan and her fiancé Gavin are going to make us grandparents in July.
“We are so excited and can hardly wait for the baby’s arrival. Majella is already knitting and crocheting blankets and toys of all sorts,” he said.
Majella is in good company on the knitting front as Daniel’s late mum Julia was a renowned knitter who even made gloves for Queen Elizabeth and the Pope.
The celebrity couple are back in their home in Tenerife after taking part in the Gertrude Byrne Irish Cruise of the Caribbean.
But Daniel said he may need to watch what he is eating after over-indulging.
“It really is a fun week and it’s so nice to be able to relax and meet people throughout the ship. Usually the meetings are at the midnight buffet, that we would be better staying away from! They are not good for the waistline,” he said.
Majella O Donnell has come to the aid of people in her adopted county of Donegal to cope with stress.
She is to officially launch the ‘Donegal Mind Wellness’, a charity which was founded by Majella in conjunction with volunteers and help from the HSE in Donegal.
The charity aims to help people to deal with the ups and downs of everyday life, which may lead to stress, anxiety and depression, by showing them ways of dealing with these problems.
Majella said since moving to Donegal in 2002 to join husband Daniel O’Donnell, she has grown to love the place and the people.
“The Donegal people are very honest, genuine and hard working. Donegal is a remote county that has suffered more than its fair share from unemployment, depression and suicide.
“My aim is to be able to help people throughout the county to help themselves be more positive and hopeful and to find ways to deal with everyday life which can be very tough especially for those who are isolated or living alone,” she said.
Majella has previously spoken out about her own battle with depression and suicidal thoughts.
Majella explains, ‘At the moment we are running a Stress Control Programme which is a practical six-week course that can teach ways to relieve stress in our lives.
“The courses are funded by Donegal Mind Wellness and are free of charge to everyone. Our aim is to make Stress Control as accessible as possible to everyone throughout Donegal.’
The launch of the Donegal Mind Wellness will take place in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny on Monday next, December 15th at noon.
Majella O’Donnell has admitted she first thought her singer husband would be boring and quiet.
But all that changed when they met at her parent’s pub in Tenerife and Daniel asked her out!
Majella reveals all about their initial meeting in her new autobiography ‘It’s All In The Head’ which is released next weekend.
Majella said “I wasn’t into his music and had never seen him perform, so I suppose I had some misconceptions about what he would be like.
“From what I has seen and heard of him myself, I thought he would be quiet and quite boring. I thought the type of music he was into meant that we would have nothing in common.”
But she revealed that they got on like a house on fire when they first met at her parent’s bar and he immediately asked her to join him the next night at a well-known bar called Bobby’s in Tenerife.
“This surprised me, as Bobbys was a nightclub and really didn’t start until one o’clock in the morning. I thought to myself that I had to see this: Daniel O’Donnell in Bobbys.
“At this stage, I didn’t have any thought of Daniel in a romantic way. I just didn’t think it was on the cards.
“I thought he was a lovely guy and very funny, which surprised me, but I was a divorced mother of two children, I didn’t think he would be interested in me,” added Majella.
She even thought that because she drank it might put him off her.
But none of that matters to Daniel. He really does live and let live. He has always allowed me to be the person I am and has never tried to change anything about me. It also helps that he has a great sense of humour,” she said.
Majella O’Donnell is to return to the Late Late Show to launch her official autobiography.
The book, ‘It’s All In The Head’, will be officially released on October 9th.
And Majella will tell host Ryan Tubridy all about the book when she appears on Ireland’s biggest chatshow that evening.
It will be an emotional return for Majella who in September last appeared on the show to have her head shaved for the Irish Cancer Society.
There was a huge public response to Majella’s appearance and she managed to raise more than €600,000 for the cancer group.
The book begins with her childhood in the 1960s, growing up in a small town in Ireland, her early love of music and dreams of a future full of hope and excitement, only to be dashed by a broken marriage and an uphill battle with depression.
Her confidence and self-esteem at a low ebb, Majella decided to take charge of her own life and make a fresh start.
The book then reveals that destiny lent a hand when she met Daniel O’Donnell, and their marriage in 2002 brought her immense happiness and fulfilment.
It was a decade or so later that tragedy struck, with the diagnosis of her breast cancer.
The book’s publisher describes it as “the compelling story of a woman made extraordinary by the courage with which she faced her greatest challenge.”
Majella O’Donnell is set to give a ‘searingly moving’ account of her life so far in a tell-all new book, her publishers have announced.
She will tell of the break-up of her first marriage, her fights with depression and later cancer and her life now with singer and husband Daniel.
It’s All in the Head: My Story, charts her life story.
The book will be released on October 9 by UK publishers Simon & Schuster just two weeks after her sister in law Margo O’Donnell launches her biography.
Majella covers her decision to have her head shaved for cancer charities on the Late Late Show.
“It was a public declaration from a private woman, a statement of enormous courage in her fight against breast cancer,” according to her publishers.
Majella’s publishers promise readers a compelling story about “a woman who has learned about life the hard way, but who, with the love and support of her family, husband Daniel, and the public by her side has come through with a force of character and a deep-seated determination that will inspire us all”.
Yesterday Daniel and Majella jointly undertook the Ice Bucket Challenge at The Irish Fiddler pub in Tenerife, making donations to both motor neurone and cancer services in Ireland. Daniel nominated Irish singer Dominic Kirwan, while Majella nominated Noeleen Murphy of the Irish Fiddler pub.