The news has been met with shock, sadness and nostalgia.

Daniel O’Donnell fans have been left shocked following the announcement that his visitor centre in Donegal is to close.

The owners of the building in which the centre is housed have announced that they have sold the premises.

The Daniel O’Donnell Visitor Centre in Dungloe was opened in a blaze of publicity back in 2012 by the singling sensation and his wife Majella.

The centre was a go-to attraction for Daniel fans from around the globe.

It housed many of his gold discs, early pictures and much more.

Owners of the centre Pat and Anne Gallagher said it was with regret that they have been forced to close the attraction.

A statement said “It is with regret that we announce the closure of the Visitor Centre in Dungloe.

“The premises of the Stepping Stone Bar and Bank Bistro has been sold with vacant possession.

“We wish to put on record our appreciation to all the visitors, the Coach Companies and Social Groups who supported the venture since 2012. Thanks to Brid who welcomed everybody from far and near.

“We are indebted to the many Television Production Companies who recorded and gave publicity to the Centre.

“A very special thanks goes to Daniel and Majella for allowing us the opportunity to showcase their special moments. We truly appreciate the time and effort they both gave to the Visitor Centre.”

Daniel and wife Majella. Pic by Donegal Daily.

The centre is connected to the popular Stepping Stone Bar and Bistro. It is understood that much of the memorabilia in the centre will be offered to be returned to their original owners.

Daniel himself said he was grateful so many fans saw all the memorabilia while the centre was open.

He said “I would like to thank Pat and Anne and everyone who helped in the Visitor Centre since it opened.

“I’m very grateful that they gave so many people the opportunity to see all of the memorabilia we have gathered over the years. Thanks to all of you who visited, I hope you enjoyed the experience.”