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Daniel O'Donnell and Nathan Carter join forces to help raise funds after Donegal flooding

The event will take place in Letterkenny at 3pm this coming Sunday.

DONEGAL NATIVE DANIEL O’Donnell has joined forces with Nathan Carter and other Irish country stars to help raise funds for people affected by the recent floods in the north-west.

Torrential weather last week affected tens of families, after a month’s rain fell in just a few hours. People were displaced from their homes and farms, while roads and bridges were badly damaged.

Over 60 families have received financial assistance since the flash flooding, with 40 more receiving help in securing emergency accommodation.

Despite the fact he’s in the middle of a sold-out Irish tour, O’Donnell responded to a call from an Inishowen Peninsula woman, Deirdre Grant, for help.

She wanted to put together a fundraising event and with the help of O’Donnell and some of his peers, Flood Aid for Inishowen was put together.

The event will take place in the Aura Centre in Letterkenny next Sunday, 3 September at 3pm. Daniel O’Donnell will be joined on stage by Declan Nerney, Johnny Brady, Dominic and Barry Kirwan, and Nathan Carter with the house band.

Well known Donegal personality Noel Cunningham will host the show, assisted by Phil Mack – who has family in Inishowen – from the Keep It Country Music Channel.

“I’m sure like myself you are all shocked and horrified but thank God nobody lost their lives,” said O’Donnell of the flooding.

As well as the money raised we hope that the people of Inishowen will derive some sort of comfort from this show of support and that their plight is being heard.

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The organisers say they have been “overwhelmed by the generosity of the many people who have already contacted them offering help”.

Tickets cost €30 and are on sale through local outlets and at the Aura Centre. They will also be available through Ticketmaster from midweek. All proceeds, after costs, will go to the Red Cross. All artists have offered their services free of charge.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Flood Relief Kevin “Boxer” Moran said that the State should set up a dedicated emergency relief agency for situations such as this.

Read: 60 families given financial assistance in wake of Donegal floods>

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