Flatley opts for LA over Cork as family home

DANCE legend Michael Flatley is planning on raising his little boy in sun-soaked California rather than on his 19th Century Cork estate.

The Lord of the Dance star said he has opted to make Beverly Hills his main home, even though he has residences in Barbados and London, as well as his palatial Castlehyde estate in Fermoy.

He famously spent millions lovingly restoring the 14-bedroom ancestral home of Douglas Hyde but the Irish-American said the teetotal lifestyle preferred by health-conscious Californians suits his new training regime for his comeback to dance.

And the 51-year-old said his Irish wife Niamh has been seduced by a life in the sun in their LA pad.

He said in an interview with Ireland’s Own: “It is where Niamh loves and Michael St James is in soccer and French classes.

“I train in the sun out there every day and keep fit.

“I can’t remember the last time I had a glass of wine or a beer. People out there just don’t drink like the Irish do, I’m afraid.

“A lot of my business is out there more and more,” he added.

But he said he is planning on jetting his son Michael St James — born in Cork in April 2007 — back to their Irish estate for a traditional Christmas.

He said: “Christmas is a family occasion and a lovely time and there is no season quite like it.

“This will be our son Michael St James’ fourth Christmas and he is now starting to really appreciate it and know what it’s all about.

“He’s really looking forward to Santa’s visit.

“Having a child is great. It doesn’t change your life. It’s heaven.”

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