Daniel O'Donnell has told RTÉ Radio 1's Today with Seán O'Rourke that the song that is getting him through the Covid-19 emergency is Bagatelle's Summer in Dublin.

The Donegal man joined the show on Monday as part of a new item where people choose the song that is helping them through the day at present.

"Most people would think it was strange that I would pick that," he told the host. "But I go back in my mind to 1980. I was in Dublin for the summer. I had finished school - secondary school, did my Leaving Cert in 1980 - and I went to Dublin. My brother was the chef in the Central Hotel and he got me a job washing dishes in the hotel." 

"Summer in Dublin was out by Bagatelle," he continued. "I remember it was on all the time and I remember going out on the bus. I used to take the 48A - my brother lived in Ballinteer and I stayed with him and his wife. The song would be playing... I remember one day in particular it playing on a bus and it just really takes me back to that time. It was a great time for me."

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"You were on the 48A," said Seán O'Rourke. "The 46A was the one that featured in the song.."

"The 46A went to Dún Laoghaire," replied the singer. 

"It still does!" laughed Seán O'Rourke. "It often comes in twos and threes!"

When asked how he is coping with the Covid-19 emergency, Daniel O'Donnell said he and wife Majella are "very blessed" to be at home in Donegal.

"We're out in the garden and doing bits," he explained. "Majella's doing a bit of painting; she does a bit of art. I said to her yesterday, 'Sure, we'll be heading to the Chelsea Flower Show next year with all this gardening! We'll be experts!'"

"We are very lucky to be up here because you have the scope and plenty of room," he added. "Even if you only walked around the house we have plenty of room. You feel for the people in the cities, but I admire them so much. You see them on the television and they're out exercising and dancing and singing and playing bingo. It's amazing how people have been able to rally to help one another."

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