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Monday, 4 November, 2002, 19:41 GMT
Daniel O'Donnell ties the knot
Daniel O'Donnell with new bride Majella
O'Donnell and Majella met in Tenerife in 2000
The wedding service of Donegal singer Daniel O'Donnell has taken place in the church where he was baptised in the Republic of Ireland.

Hundreds of fans descended on the small village of Kincasslagh, County Donegal, where the 40-year-old married Tipperary businesswoman Majella McClelland on Monday.

More than 500 family and friends were invited to the service, even though the church could only comfortably accommodate 400.

Church in Kincasslagh
They married at the church in Kincasslagh

Kincasslagh is a one-shop, one-pub beauty spot on Donegal's western coast.

The setting was the picture postcard St Mary's church. The 19th century church has played a central role in the singer's life.

He was baptised there and it is also where he sung the first notes on his way to stardom.

Hundreds of fans turned up for a glimpse of their idol, with several coach loads arriving from England and Scotland.

The local curate, Fr Pat Ward, and the broadcaster Fr Brian D'Arcy officiated at the wedding.

Speaking after the ceremony, Daniel said: "It was better than we could ever have hoped for - the best day of my life."

He also thanked the fans and well-wishers waiting outside the church to see the happy couple.

Many also made the journey to Letterkenny where the wedding reception was held.

Home bird

Daniel O'Donnell may have made millions from record sales and concerts in Ireland, the UK, America and Australia, but he remains down to earth.


I see Daniel, as Daniel the person, as opposed to Daniel the entertainer

Majella McLennan

When not touring, he can be found playing whist with local women in the church hall on Tuesdays. He even helps make the tea.

His last night of bachelorhood was spent at his mother Julia's house in Kincasslagh, while his bride left from the cliff-top home she will share with O'Donnell on nearby Cruit Island.

The next door neighbour drove her to church in a classic silver Rolls Royce.

Speaking before the wedding, Majella told the BBC: "I see Daniel as Daniel the person, as opposed to Daniel the entertainer, although obviously that is huge part of his life and I enjoy very much what he does and he enjoys it so much."
Daniel O'Donnell with new bride Majella
The couple will leave for the US on Wednesday

O'Donnell and divorcee Majella McLennan met in Tenerife two years ago.

At one point it was thought they might marry in a civil ceremony on the island, but Ms McLennan's annulment has granted them "a dream wedding".

The couple will have a working honeymoon.

They depart for the United States on Wednesday where O'Donnell will begin a tour soon afterwards.

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