A museum celebrating the career of One Direction star Niall Horan is set to open in his hometown of Mullingar next summer.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, local councillor Aiden Davitt said: ''Of course we want to honour one of our leading lights. Niall is always promoting Mullingar around the world and has said it's something he would support, as did his mother Maura.''

''Fans come here every day looking for Niall's house - they also go to Tesco looking for his dad Bobby - so it would be great to have somewhere for them to go.''

He added: ''Niall would be the star of the show as our most famous son. We would love to get some of his items to display there for fans, as well as interactive footage of his performances around the town.''

Mullingar already boasts a statue of the late singer Joe Dolan.