Declan Donnelly will bid farewell to his late Roman Catholic priest brother Dermott at the funeral

Declan Donnelly will bid a moving farewell to his late Roman Catholic priest brother Dermott at the funeral after he died of a mysterious illness

  • Declan Donnelly is set to rest his beloved brother at a funeral next Friday before flying out to film I’m A Celebrity
  • The 46-year-old TV star rushed to the side of his brother Fr Dermott Donnelly after he collapsed earlier this month, but the priest’s death was later confirmed by the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle .
  • Friends and family of Father Donnelly, who died aged 55, will gather in Newcastle next week to bid a fond farewell and pay their respects
  • Father Dermott was hospitalized earlier this month after a series of illnesses and his body will be received at St Michael’s, Newcastle on Thursday

Declan Donnelly is set to lay his beloved brother to rest at a funeral next Friday before flying out to film I’m A Celebrity.

The 46-year-old TV star rushed to the side of his brother, Fr Dermott Donnelly, after he collapsed earlier this month, but the priest’s death was later confirmed by the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle.

Friends and family of Father Donnelly, who died aged 55, will gather in Newcastle next week to say their emotional farewells and pay their respects.

Paying respects: Declan Donnelly, 46, is set to lay his beloved brother to rest at a funeral next Friday before flying out to film I’m A Celebrity (pictured in May)

As well as relatives from Dec’s parents’ native Ireland, priests and clerics from across the North East region of England, where Dermott served in the Catholic Church, will attend, according to the Mirror.

The Donnelly family said in a statement: “Due to limited space, we encourage those wishing to attend Requiem Mass on Friday July 29 to gather at St Michael’s Church.

“Mass will be broadcast live and Holy Communion will be available. After the Requiem Mass, Father Dermott’s procession will pass in front of St Michael for those who wish to pay homage to him.

Sad news: The TV star rushed to his father Dermott Donnelly's side after his collapse earlier this month, but the priest later died from a serious illness (Father Dermott pictured in 2015)

Sad news: The TV star rushed to his father Dermott Donnelly’s side after his collapse earlier this month, but the priest later died from a serious illness (Father Dermott pictured in 2015)

Father Dermott has been hospitalized after a series of illnesses and his body will be received at St Michael’s, Newcastle on Thursday.

In a statement after Dermott’s death, the Donnelly family said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Father Dermott Donnelly, who passed away peacefully this afternoon in hospital.

“It was a big shock for all of us.

“Please pray for the rest of his soul and keep his family, especially his mother, in your prayers during this difficult time.”

Siblings: Declan Donnelly's brother (centre) died aged 55 after being rushed to hospital with a

Siblings: Declan Donnelly’s brother (centre) died aged 55 after being rushed to hospital with a ‘mystery illness’ (Pictured: Ant and Dec with Dec’s brother , Dermott)

Heartache: The TV presenter wrote on Twitter:

Heartache: The TV presenter wrote on Twitter: ‘Heartbroken to tell you my dear brother Father Dermott @TweeterPriest sadly passed away this afternoon’

An insider previously revealed to The Sun how Dec – one half of the Ant and Dec presenting duo – had returned to the North East of England to join his family at Father Dermott’s bedside.

They told how the priest’s relatives prayed for him to ‘get well’ after he became ‘extremely ill’ in hospital.

The source said: ‘Dec has arrived with other family members. There are about 12 in the hospital.

Father Dermott celebrated Dec’s wedding to Ali Astall in 2015 in front of a star-studded guest list, which included star sidekick Ant McPartlin and presenter Dermot O’Leary.

The County Durham priest was also recently pictured outside 10 Downing Street after being invited by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to join church leaders in praying for peace in Ukraine.

Dec is to fly to South Africa to begin filming a brand new all-star version of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! an event.

ITV bosses have hired Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, both 46, to host the show and legendary contestants from the past will take part in trials while living in a camp in South Africa.

Campmates will try out and live in the camp environment – votes will be internal rather than by the public.

It is set to air in 2023 with the usual I’m A Celebrity series airing separately later this year.

Extra Jungle Fun: An all-new, all-star version of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!  is set to be filmed in South Africa, with Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, both 46, hosting

Extra Jungle Fun: An all-new, all-star version of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! is set to be filmed in South Africa, with Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, both 46, hosting

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