Emotional moment Declan Donnelly fights back tears in Irish pub after singer performs song from his father's funeral on ITV's Ant & Dec's DNA Journey

  • Ant and Dec filmed a two-year journey tracing maternal and paternal blood lines
  • While visiting Drumkeeran, County Leitrim, Dec heard a singer perform in a pub
  • An emotional Dec declared that he 'loves' the song, called Slieve Gallion Braes

Declan Donnelly fought back tears when a singer performed a song from his father's funeral on ITV's Ant & Dec's DNA Journey.

For the show, the dynamic duo embarked on a two-year journey with expert genealogists and historians to follow their maternal and paternal blood lines, and eventually meet their long-lost family members.

And while visiting Drumkeeran, County Leitrim, I'm a Celeb host Dec, 44, heard a local singer perform in a pub.

Declan Donnelly fought back tears when a singer in Drumkeeran, County Leitrim, performed a song from his father's funeral on ITV's Ant & Dec's DNA Journey

Declan Donnelly fought back tears when a singer in Drumkeeran, County Leitrim, performed a song from his father's funeral on ITV's Ant & Dec's DNA Journey

Singer Mary, who the pair discovered is related to Ant McPartlin, said: 'I'm going to sing a song that really is about emigration.

'And it's a very old song and it also is in praise of Northern Ireland where McPartlins were as well.

'But anyway, emigration was everywhere in Ireland, and particularly here, so it's called Slieve Gallion Braes.'

Dec lets out a gasp when he hears the name of the song. 

When Ant asks if he knows it, Dec replies: 'Yes. Yeah, I love it, yeah.'

During the performance of Slieve Gallion Braes, Dec mouths along with the lyrics. Afterwards Dec, choking back tears, says: 'We played that at my dads funeral'

During the performance of Slieve Gallion Braes, Dec mouths along with the lyrics. Afterwards Dec, choking back tears, says: 'We played that at my dads funeral'

Ant McPartlin also wipes away tears. Ant and Dec started working on the show in 2017, but the documentary was halted for two years while Ant took a break from work to battle his addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs

Ant McPartlin also wipes away tears. Ant and Dec started working on the show in 2017, but the documentary was halted for two years while Ant took a break from work to battle his addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs

During the performance, Dec mouths along with the lyrics.

Afterwards Dec, choking back tears, says: 'We played that at my dad's funeral.

'My dad was born in Desertmartin at the foot of Slieve Gallion.'

His father Alphonsus Donnelly, who had battled with cancer, passed away in hospital aged 78 in 2011.

Viewers were quick to take to Twitter to  share their support for Dec.

Mel Navan said: 'Dec's father would be so proud.'

Viewers were quick to take to Twitter to share their support for Dec with Mel Navan saying: 'Dec's father would be so proud'

Viewers were quick to take to Twitter to share their support for Dec with Mel Navan saying: 'Dec's father would be so proud'

Mary added: 'Brilliant show, had me in tears.

'I grew up on the shores of Lough Neagh looking across the lough towards Slieve Gallion and my late gather used to sing Slieve Gallion Braes.' 

Ant and Dec started working on the two-part show in 2017, but the documentary was halted for two years while Ant took a break from work to battle his addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs.

Also during last night's episode, Ant candidly discussed his past addiction struggles and how it impacted his 31-year friendship with Dec.

The presenter, 43 - who admitted himself to rehab after he was arrested for a drink-driving conviction last year - revealed he decided to take a step back from work to 'repair' his relationships, especially with 'supportive' Dec, 44.

The dynamic duo's frank discussion left viewers in 'tears' as ITV star Ant enthused his close friend 'means the world to me', causing fans to praise the pal's 'unbreakable' bond'.

During the show, Ant candidly discussed his past addiction struggles and how it impacted his 31-year friendship with Dec. Pictured: Ant hugs his new-found relative Mary after the song

During the show, Ant candidly discussed his past addiction struggles and how it impacted his 31-year friendship with Dec. Pictured: Ant hugs his new-found relative Mary after the song

 

Declan Donnelly fights back tears after singer performs song from his father's funeral

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