Blog Post by Kerry Gordon
It was an absolute pleasure to finish off my third year of blogging for Powerscourt Estate and Gardens with the wonderful opportunity to watch the filming of a St Stephen’s Day RTE TV special, Daniel O'Donnell and Friends. With Powerscourt House sparkling with festive glee it was a showcase of duets with Daniel and other performers - and a bit of magic and chat included too!
Powerscourt House has often been used in major films and TV shows but there was something extraordinary about seeing Ireland’s beloved Daniel O’Donnell performing to a crowd of his wonderful fans. Great singers Shane Filan, Una Foden, Declan Nearney and Derek Ryan had the crowd singing and dancing.
Kristina Rihanoff from Strictly Come Dancing performed the American Smooth one more time with Daniel, Keith Barry was up to trickery with Majella O’Donnell, Pat Shortt popped in to surprise us all and Packie Bonner was happy for a chat with his neighbour Daniel.
Daniel O’Donnell’s supporters and fans are amongst the best in the world and the atmosphere was one of the warmest and happiest I have ever encountered.
Daniel’s loyal fans proved their worth on St Stephen’s Day as Daniel O’Donnell and Friends, was the most watched entertainment show of the evening in Ireland with 391,200 viewers tuning in!
Powerscourt looked beautiful and full of Christmas Joy. Thank you to RTE and Big Mountain Productions for a fabulous Christmas Special.
Happy New Year!
Daniel’s official website with details of his tour dates and fan club is here http://danielodonnell.org/
With thanks to http://www.bigmountainproductions.com/
You can watch the show on RTE Player http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/daniel-odonnell-and-friends-30003756/10509708/
About Kerry Gordon:
Kerry Gordon lives by the sea in Co. Wicklow, Ireland with her daughter Molly and greyhound Lola. She is a long term blogger for Powerscourt Estate and Gardens and enjoys nothing more than visiting Powerscourt Waterfall, walking Powerscourt Gardens, followed by a tasty scone and pot of tea in Avoca at Powerscourt House.