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Friday 15 December 2017

Flatley 'bewildered' by tracksuit wearers

Michael Flatley at Castlehyde. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Michael Flatley at Castlehyde. Photo: Brian McEvoy

DANCING legend Michael Flately said he is bewildered by people who wear tracksuits and said he would never be seen in them.

"I don't understand people who say they can't wait to get home and throw on sweats," he said.

Instead, the multi-millionaire loves old Hollywood glamour and will regularly dress up for dinner at home with his wife of eight years, Niamh.

The couple live in a four-storey mansion in Cork along with their seven-year-old son Michael.

"Niamh and I will have dinner in the formal dining room every Friday night when we are in 
Castlehyde," Flately said.

"I will wear a suit and tie or a tuxedo. We really dress up.

"I married my wife because she is the most important person in the world. If there is ever a time to dress up it's for your wife," he added.

The self-confessed romantic said that before dinner he likes to unwind by listening to Frank Sinatra while making the perfect martini for his wife as she gets ready upstairs.

"Our song is Mack the Knife by Louis Armstrong, so we always dance before dinner. I am so lucky to have my wife. We are in love and it couldn't be better," he continued.

The 56-year-old fell for the ancestral home of Ireland's first President Douglas Hyde, after spotting it from a helicopter while house hunting from the air 15 years ago.

"I said 'Land the chopper', and was told, 'Mr Flately, you can't go round landing your helicopter in people's gardens'."

He transformed the derelict house to its former glory at a cost of approximately €40m.

Speaking to Hello! Magazine, the Riverdance star said his favourite pastime while at in resident in Castlehyde is to read James Joyce in his bespoke three-storey library, which houses his collection of 3,000-plus volumes including signed Irish classics.

"My wife has to stop me. Especially after a couple of martinis. She'll say, 'You're not going to read that James Joyce book again are you? You've read it 400 times'," he added.

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