Flatley shuns celebrity wedding for low-key affair

SUPERSTAR multi-millionaire Michael Flatley will have a low-key wedding next month, which won’t be attended by celebrity friends like Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela, according to his publicist.

Mr Flatley is set to tie the knot with Niamh O’Brien at St Patrick’s Church, Fermoy, Co Cork, on Saturday, October 14, and afterwards around 200 guests will attend a reception at his stately home, Castlehyde House.

The American-born star’s publicist, Geraldine Roche, said yesterday that no big name celebrities were on the guest list, but there are a number of locals who have become friendly with Flatley since he bought the house in Fermoy in 1996.

Although divorced, clergy are allowing him to hold his wedding in St Patrick’s Church as his first marriage was in a register office and not recognised by them.

He married Polish make-up artist Beata Dziaba in 1986 and divorced her 11 years later.

The dancer got engaged to Ms O’Brien in late August. The 32-year-old is a member of the Celtic Tiger dance troupe and comes from Co Kildare.

“Michael’s best man will be his younger brother, Patrick. His father, Michael senior, and mother, Elizabeth, will attend also with his sisters Liza, Annie and other brother, Thomas,” Ms Roche said.

She said they would be flying in from the USA and would be among a number of overseas guests.

“The destination of the honeymoon is a surprise,” Ms Roche added.

It is expected that the area around St Patrick’s Church will be packed with scores of well-wishers anxious to get a glimpse of the bride and groom when they arrive at 2pm. Security is expected to be tight around the grounds of Castlehyde House for the reception.

Meanwhile, tickets for Mr Flatley’s highly acclaimed Celtic Tiger went on sale this morning. The show is to be staged at the Point Theatre, Dublin, on Saturday, September 2.

Tickets for the show are priced from €55 to €85 and can be purchased from www.ticketmaster.com, www.aikenpromotions.com or the Point box office at 01-8363633.

The 90-minute show focuses on Ireland’s history from early Celtic through to modern times.

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