Residents and staff of Longfield Care Centre got the surprise of their life this week when Irish country music star Daniel O’Donnell popped in for a visit.
Activities co-ordinator, Ruth Heaney said the popular entertainer’s 45-minute visit made “everyone’s day”.
“I had been trying to get Daniel here for two years but he couldn’t visit either of those times because he had the flu, so I chanced my arm again with his personal assistant and I could’t believe it when my mobile rang and I heard: ‘Hello this is is Daniel O’Donnell’!”
The singer, who played at the Millennium Forum in Derry on Wednesday evening, visited residents in the dayroom and called on a number of fans who were bed bound, visiting some of the young physically disabled clients also.
Home manager, Louise McCloskey said: “We are so honored and privileged to have such a massive star take the time out of his busy schedule to visit our home, and we would like to thank him immensely for the joy he has given and the smiles he has put on everyones faces here.
“Lastly, a big thank you to our activities co-ordinator Ruth and Daniel’s personal assistant for making it all happen. It will be the talk of the home for weeks to come!”
Ms Heaney said she has “huge respect” for Daniel for spending so much time at the home and patiently posing for pictures.
“He was so kind, attentive and just a lovely person. It made everybody’s day.”
Among those who got to meet Daniel were “huge fans” Sadie Crawford, Eric Harrington, Annie Carton, Mary Mullan, Margaret Quigley (who attended the concert in Derry) and Jim English.