Daniel ties the knot

WITH a tear in the eye many of Daniel O'Donnell's Suffolk fans are sending him their best wishes today after he tied the knot.The Irish singer married his bride Majella McLennan, 41, in his native Co Donegal.

WITH a tear in the eye many of Daniel O'Donnell's Suffolk fans are sending him their best wishes today after he tied the knot.

The Irish singer married his bride Majella McLennan, 41, in his native Co Donegal.

From early yesterday crowds of fans lined the road to the church in the tiny fishing village of Kincasslagh where the star grew up.

More than 500 guests - including friends, family and neighbours - attended the traditional wedding at St Mary's Church on the rugged Atlantic coast.


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O'Donnell was tearful as he spoke to fans on arrival at the church for the wedding, dressed in a navy velvet suit and gold waistcoat.

"Thanks to everyone all over the country for all their cards and all the support over the years," he said.

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Some of the fans gathered outside the church sang Stand By Me and My Donegal Shore as he made his way into the church, and later sang It's a Long Way to Tipperary as the bride arrived.

Emerging afterwards to greet fans and pose for the media with his new wife, the 40-year-old singer said the wedding was a very emotional occasion.

"The music, the singing, the service - it was all lovely,' he said. "There were many tears, it was very emotional.'

When asked what would happen to the all the fans' hearts she had broken his wife, originally from Co Tipperary, said she was sorry and would look after them all.

"I feel wonderful, absolutely wonderful,' she said.

Around 200 to 300 fans made their way to Co Donegal to catch a glimpse of the wedding, many travelling on specially organised coach trips.

They endured the cold and rainy climate for three hours as they waited for the couple to emerge from the church.

Dorothy Moore, 81, who moved to Kenya 40 years ago, said she had timed her visit home especially to see the star marry.

"I've been a fan since he started,' she said. "I think it's very exciting, I'm delighted for them.'

After the ceremony the couple and their guests made their way to Letterkenny's Holiday Inn for a traditional Irish reception expected to last until the early hours of the morning.

The four-star hotel was booked up by the couple and their guests for the event, with a high security presence.

The pair were then due to set off for Branson, Missouri, where the singer will embark on the next stage of his tour.

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