Irish Singer, Daniel O’Donnell and his wife, Majella stayed with us at Moy River in early July as part of the making of their new television show, The Daniel and Majella’s B&B Road Trip.
We were one of twelve B&Bs throughout the 32 counties who were chosen to participate in the programme. The couple were just lovely; down to earth and really interested in the local area and in our new venture. They were very impressed with the Cloonacool region; Daniel described it as “a really lovely place hidden away from it all”. They said they will be back again bringing friends with them next time!
A feature of this visit was a really great session of song and dance in the company of our very own Cloonacool Strawboys! Daniel and Majella were enthralled by the spectacle and joined in the fun and games with ease. Another lovely aspect of the time they spent with us was the time we had to chat with each other and swap stories and experiences. At breakfast there were no cameras present so we were able to give them all our attention and set them on the road to their next accommodation for the programme.
Moy River B&B was only established this year and has had a very busy initiation into the business receiving guests from all over the globe. In the age of Internet communications we are likely to get guests from as far away as the Dominican Republic and as close to home as Donegal – and we have had them all. Regardless of where people come from, we give everyone the same welcome and while Daniel and Majella were more celebrity than most, we treated them like we treat all our guests. The TV cameras added a degree of difficulty to this particular visit but really enjoyed the experience.
We like to do as much home cooking as we can using local produce whenever possible. Our own home produced eggs are a real favourite. In promoting the business, we make a feature of the fact that we are a place of peace and quiet just off the beaten track. Many guests comment on the beauty and solitude of this part of the Ox Mountain where the river Moy has its source.
The Daniel and Majella B&B Road Trip show featuring Moy River airs on UTV Ireland at 8pm on Monday 26th October.