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Now Buble is hunting an Irish castle to call home

WE'RE all steering well clear of the Irish property market but singer Michael Buble wants a gigantic castle here.

The Canadian heartthrob lit up Dublin city centre last night as he switched on the Christmas lights and unveiled Brown Thomas' festive windows.

Thousands of screaming fans turned up in Grafton Street in the hope of getting a glimpse of the I Just Haven't Met You Yet singer.

But he has revealed that he may meet a lot more of his Irish fans if he decides to dip his toe in the property market.

Buble has talked about his love of Ireland, even describing last night's event as a "homecoming".

Asked if he would purchase a Irish holiday home, the star replied: "Yeah, course I would, absolutely. I would love to have a home that I could just be in for more than a few days because every year I go to about 45 countries and I wake up in a lot of hotel rooms and I don't know where I am.

"So yeah, it would be nice to have a house here. A castle. A gigantic castle."

The red carpet event, hosted by RTE star Claire Byrne, saw hundreds of Buble fans flood the entire street wanting to catch a glimpse of the Grammy-award winning singer.

The 36-year-old says Irish fans have embraced him like people from his hometown in Canada.

"It's a special place, of course, because I've been accepted more here than I have been probably anywhere else in the world. Garth Brooks went through this, right? Where you guys really dug him? You know what, I think it's kind of cool being a Canadian kid and realising you've found somewhere so far away that shares so many of the same values.

"And you share the same very dry sense of humour. People get me here. There's things that I say here that you laugh at but if I said it in America they wouldn't get it at all," he explained.

The singer added that his spectacular performance at the Aviva stadium last year was the best night of his entire professional life.

"At that time, that was the biggest gig I had ever played, with over 50,000 people there. And it wasn't just 54,000 people, it was 54,000 Irish people and there is a difference.

"They were all singing along and were so loud at one point that I couldn't hear myself. I felt like the Beatles smashed into one. Professionally, it was honestly, probably, the best night of my life," he said.

Michael made the comments before his appearance on the Late Late Show last night with Ryan Tubridy. After performing two festive tracks, the talented singer took a late flight to Rome.