Riverdance star Michael Flatley is set to switch alliances in terms of his residency, as he eyes up building on a Co. Kerry site he purchased a decade ago.
The Lord of the Dance currently resides in Castlehyde House, an 18th Century mansion in Co. Cork.
Mr Flatley confirmed he is selling the mansion because he doesn’t get to spend enough time there and the sale has already attracted attention from wealthy American, British, Russian and Middle Eastern investors.
“The plan is to build a smaller house, probably somewhere near the coast. It could be in Kerry or maybe in the south east,” said the Chicago-born dancer. “But I will not be leaving Ireland.”
“It won’t be anything like Castlehyde. Maybe a little bit bigger than a cottage but hopefully with some great sea views.”
Kerry has emerged as the firm favourite for his new base due to his family ties in the south of the country.
“The sale of Castlehyde certainly doesn’t mean that I will be leaving Ireland. I love Ireland with all my heart and I always will. But my work commitments are increasingly keeping me outside Ireland.
“The show opened in Bulgaria and we have major tour commitments coming up in the United States and Australia.”