'Words cannot express my family's sadness' - Michael Flatley tells of heartache at mother's death
LORD of the Dance Michael Flatley has spoken of his heartache at the death of his mother, Eilish.
The dance star took to Facebook to confirm that his mother, whose family hailed from the Carlow-Wexford border, had died following a short illness.
"My dear mother Eilish passed away this morning. She is now with my father in heaven," the star wrote on his Facebook page.
"Words cannot express myself and my family's sadness at this time. May God rest her soul."
That star's father, Michael James Flatley (88), passed away in March 2015. The dancer was extremely close to his parents and credited them with his incredible success with 'Riverdance', 'Lord of the Dance', 'Celtic Tiger' and 'Feet of Flames.
His father was from Sligo and the couple made their home in Chicago where they raised their children. Together, they worked to build up a hugely successful construction business.
However, despite their success in the US, the couple immersed their children in Irish culture including traditional music and dance lessons.
Just weeks after the death of his father, Michael Flatley made his final full show dance appearance at Dublin's 3Arena, the venue where he made his major debut when it was known as the Point Depot.
At his father's Requiem Mass, he admitted that while he would never forget the times he shared with his father at his Castlehyde mansion, he didn't think he would ever view the River Blackwater "dream home" in the same light ever again.
His parents were regular visitors to Castlehyde and attended every Christmas party staged in the property. Just months after his father's death, the star confirmed that Castlehyde was being placed on the market.
He bought the house for around €3m in 2001 and lavished more than €27m on the near-derelict property to restore it to its full 18th Century glory.
Just over a year ago, Mr Flatley spent €28m buying a house in London where his successful entertainment empire is now based. His new show, 'Lord of the Dance - Dangerous Games' in currently in the middle of a 200-plus venue, 25 country world tour.