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Niamh and Michael Flatley will be at an awards lunch where the dancer will be made an honorary Corkman

Niamh and Michael Flatley will be at an awards lunch where the dancer will be made an honorary Corkman

Niamh and Michael Flatley will be at an awards lunch where the dancer will be made an honorary Corkman

Michael Flatley and his lovely wife Niamh will be at the top table in Cork this Friday at the Rochestown Park Hotel. I suppose this is nothing new, because down the road in their sumptuous 18th-Century home Castlehyde, Mr & Mrs Flatley are at - or perhaps knowing The Lord Of The Dance's world-famous libido on - the top table every night. Only joking.

At the chic gala for The Cork Person Of The year, the deity of dance will be presented with an Honorary Corkman award by local resident and superstar Jeremy Irons. Possibly to ensure these two humble souls won't be stuck for a few words of luvvie mutual appreciation, the joint masters of ceremonies, Nationwide presenter Mary Kennedy and MEP Brian Crowley, will be on hand if necessary.

Those expected in the real capital include culinary geniuses Rachel and Darina Allen, politicos Micheal Martin and Minister Simon Coveney, sporting legends Donal Lenihan and Sonia O'Sullivan as well as bishops John Buckley and Paul Colton. A great day awaits. Bopping bishops below in Cork?

Sunday Independent