Mr Flatley told a civic reception in his honour in Fermoy, Co Cork, last night that he had hoped to spend Christmas in the stately home, once lived in by former President Douglas Hyde, but some construction hiccups had prevented that and instead he and Ms Murphy would be spending it in London.
“When you’re rich you move to London. When you’re really rich you move to Fermoy,” said the multi-millionaire.
He cut short a break with his family in Chicago to attend the civic reception last night and was pleasantly surprised to be upstaged on the dance floor by an 89-year-old retired tailor who showed him some fine steps.
After Mattie Feerick performed for the Lord of the Dance creator, Mr Flatley heaped praise on his ageless talent.“He was fantastic, he showed what tradition can do. He’s a legend in his own town,” the star said.
Mr Flatley, who holds the world record of 35 taps a second added that he was also impressed by Mr Feerick’s speed. The man who hit the world stage at Eurovision 1994 with Riverdance, told Mayor of Fermoy Tadhg O’Donovan he was very proud of the honour.
“I think Fermoy is the greatest place in the world, otherwise I wouldn’t choose to live here. There has never been a time when I felt uncomfortable here. All the pubs are great.”
Mr O’Donovan said he was thrilled to have such an ambassador for the town and praised Mr Flatley for his work on behalf of local charities, especially the Community Hospital.