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Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley throws party for children at his mansion


Michael Flatley

Michael Flatley

Michael Flatley

LORD of the Dance Michael Flatley will throw open the gates to his €30m Irish mansion today to offer disadvantaged children the Christmas surprise of a lifetime.

The Chicago-born dancer has teamed up with children's charity Barnardos to host 200 youngsters at his Castlehyde House estate near Fermoy, Co Cork.

"We are so delighted to be able to do something like this for the children," the star said.

"Niamh and I have been blessed with our own son, Michael St James, and when you have children of your own you experience the magic and wonder of Christmas all over again.

"Christmas should be a wonderful time for youngsters."

Flatley, who last week visited sick children in Crumlin Hospital, confirmed that his family were unanimous that the Barnardos children's event should replace the traditional Christmas party they host each December for neighbours.

The children, mostly from Cork city and county, will be taken by bus to Castlehyde where they will be greeted by Flatley and his wife Niamh, along with Barnardos chief executive, Fergus Finlay.

They will be given a tour of the house and grounds before being taken to meet Santa Claus and get a present.

Castlehyde has been specially decorated for the event.