Flatley flying the flag as son's school wins award
LORD of the Dance Michael Flatley went back to school yesterday – and hailed Ireland's education system as among the best in the world.
His tribute came as he proudly raised the EU 'Green Flag' awarded to Christian Brothers College Preparatory School in Cork where his son, Michael Jnr, is a pupil.
"We are delighted with the school and with the welcome that everyone has shown us," Mr Flatley said.
"We are very pleased with the education that is on offer here in Cork and are also delighted that Michael is going to school in Ireland."
Michael and his wife, Niamh, had split their time between their €30m mansion in north Cork, Castlehyde, and homes in London, Monaco and Barbados. Now, given their son's education priorities, they are largely based in Cork.
The Chicago-born dance superstar said it was a triple celebration for the family – his son had his first Holy Communion a few weeks ago, he was honoured to be asked to formally raise the 'Green Flag' for CBC and, on Sunday, a special documentary on his life will be broadcast in Ireland.
The film, made by ITV, is entitled: 'Michael Flatley – a Night to Remember.' It traces his record-breaking career over the past 20 years when he toured with hit shows including 'Lord of the Dance', 'Feet of Flames' and 'Celtic Tiger'.
He also choreographed 'Riverdance', which last month celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Over the past 20 years, the dancer has been honoured by the UN, the Monaco Red Cross and the US state of Nevada where 'Lord of the Dance' broke all box office records in Las Vegas.
The 'Green Flag' award was hailed by CBC principal Dr Larry Jordan as a great achievement for the school.
It recognises excellence in environment-awareness programmes in Irish and European schools. He also paid tribute to the project co-ordinators, Tony McCarthy, Fiona Buckley and Sharon McAdoo. The pupils who helped achieve the honour were represented by Andrew Casey from sixth class and all 12 received special medals from the dancer.