Singer Daniel O'Donnell has announced the death of his mother Julia who died this morning at Dungloe Community Hospital in Donegal aged 94.

He made the announcement in his official website.

The singer said his mother passed away peacefully at 3.50am surrounded by her family.

He said he and his siblings "John, Margaret, Kathleen, James and myself would like to thank you all for the kindness you have shown to her down through the years.

"May her gentle soul rest in peace."