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Lord of the Plants!...
Lord of the plants Michael Flatley last night
hit back at reports that he was destroying the environment
in his Castle Hyde residence. Local residents
have been infuriated by reports that multimillionaire
Flatley has been ripping up old plants and trees in
both the castle and the gardens of his in Cork. But
last night a close friend of the Lord of the Dance
and Feet of Flames star contacted the Irish
Mirror to set the record straight.
is really upset by this and he wants to make it clear
that he is doing no such thing," said the source.
"He has become increasingly aware of accusations that
he is ruining the natural environment around his house.
It's absolute rubbish and Michael wants people to
know the truth - it's getting out of hand. There is
no destruction of live shrubs, plants or trees taking
place - only dead elements are being cut down. This
is in order to replant the areas with healthy substitutes."
Irish-American Flatley is preparing for a permanent
move to Castle Hyde with his Dublin girlfriend Lisa
Murphy, in August. The star, 42, has spent over
£100,000 on improvements to the castle in preparation
for the move. And he has also hired top horticulturist,
Pat Barclay, to conduct the re-development
of the gardens.
"It's ridiculous to think that Michael would want
to destroy nature - it sounds like a few people are
intent on causing trouble," the pal added. "To be
honest when Michael heard the stories her was really
hurt because that place means a lot to him. He has
hired the top guy in the business to make sure everything
is done properly and there are no plants or trees
removed that shouldn't be."
recently spent a month in the castle with Lisa Murphy
on a romantic break. They enjoyed the visit so much
that they announced they would be moving back permanently
to start a new life together. He also has homes in
France and London, but said he always felt happiest
"I just love the place and I've always regarded it
as my real home. I want to settle down in Ireland
for good. Castle Hyde is like a dream home for me
and I fell in love with it the minute I saw it. That
was the place I wanted to spend the rest of my life