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sweet gesture Daniel O'Donnell reveals tune he sang for Cork fan's funeral was the one he sang at mum Julia's burial

Margaret McCarthy (75), who died in Marymount Hospice in Cork last Sunday, was one of Daniel's biggest fans.

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Daniel and his late mum, Julia

Daniel and his late mum, Julia

Daniel and his late mum, Julia

Daniel O'Donnell yesterday revealed the song he sang over the phone at a Cork fan's funeral this week was one he wrote himself.

The Donegal superstar also told how his late mother, Julia, had also requested him to sing it at her own funeral.

"When I first wrote and recorded Beyond The Rainbow's End, my mother loved it and had asked, 'Will you sing that at my funeral?'

"'How could I sing that at your funeral?' I asked her. 'And why not?' she asked. 'Sure I would be too upset,' I said."

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Daniel with Margaret

Daniel with Margaret

Daniel with Margaret

However, when Julia died in May, 2014, Daniel did find the strength to sing the song as she was laid to rest in the local cemetery.

By a strange coincidence and unknown to Daniel, the family of Margaret McCarthy of Innishannon in Co Cork had planned to play a recording of the same song at her funeral this week.

Margaret (75), who died in Marymount Hospice in Cork last Sunday, was one of Daniel's biggest fans.

Daniel was made aware of Margaret's passing by a family friend and he'd posted his condolences on rip.ie, which the family were delighted to see. He then phoned one of her daughters to personally express his sympathy.

He was watching Margaret's funeral online when he decided to call the undertaker and offer to sing over the phone in the graveyard.

"I just rang the undertaker, Robert Gabriel, and by good luck he answered me and he had no problem with it," Daniel yesterday told the Sunday Wold.

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Margaret's daughter Ann said this week: "I had said to my brothers to make sure we had this Daniel song on at the graveside.

"We were all shocked when the undertaker said that they had the man himself. I think she [Margaret] was there looking down on us."

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