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More Irish will follow Daniel to Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 17th April, 2019 11:21am

Story by Tom Gilmore
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More Irish will follow Daniel to Sri Lanka

Daniel is greeted by a mounted policeman in Colombo.

More Irish will follow Daniel to Sri Lanka

Daniel is greeted by a mounted policeman in Colombo.

SRI LANKA is an island smaller than Ireland in the Indian Ocean, but it has a population of 22 million, almost all with a knowledge of the English language. And Daniel O’Donnell is one of the biggest international singing stars there.

While it may take many years yet, Colombo, the capital where the cost of living is relatively cheap could become a more popular stop-over than Dubai or Singapore for Irish people on their way to and from places such as Australia, China or Japan.

But to do so the stability that the current Sri Lankan Government has restored needs to remain. Last year an illegal Government put the country into a tailspin for 52 days, creating an economic downturn.

Recently Boyzone, on their final world tour, and now Daniel O’Donnell, are among the international acts playing in Colombo again. Cliff Richard is another who tours in this country and he first encouraged Daniel to do so.

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