Irish country star Daniel O'Donnell has revealed he is cutting back his touring schedule but has denied he is retiring.

O'Donnell will shortly celebrate his 50th birthday but says he will continue touring, just not as much.

He is currently on a three week stand in Branson, Missouri.

He made his plans known via his website.

"In December 2011, I will celebrate my 50th birthday! It will have been 30 years this coming January since I started my career.

"I have now decided that at the end of 2011 I will take a break from extensive touring."

He said that he would do multiple shows at one venue rather than your individual locations.

"I am making this announcement now, so that those of you who wish to see us in this coming year will be aware that we may not be visiting your area for quite some time," he revealed.

He said that no details had yet been decided for the U.S. UK and Ireland for 2012.

He also thanked fans for their support.