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Ireland's richest woman Enya...
hires out private jets to see her family in Donegal,
on land her chauffeur is her guide and champagne the
favourite tipple but why not if you're Ireland's wealthiest
female pop star? With a reputed fortune of £36
million Donegal native Enya is the countries
top female earner who has managed to shift over 44
million copies of her albums off the shelves.
amazes onlookers is that the woman who just pips Riverdance's
Moya Doherty as the countries top female earner
has done it all by doing nothing more than nervously
flirting with the media.
Like her ethereal music the Donegal woman's spending
habits and closely guarded private life have always
been hidden behind a veil of tight lipped agents and
press shy friends. But with a new album out this week
called A Day Without Rain the woman who first
broke into the charts twelve years ago with her haunting
tune Orinoco Flow is making carefully chosen
advances towards the media.
you can be sure the Gweedore native, who has made
a career of being the Enya the enigma and zealous
recluse, will let nothing of her lavish lifestyle
Evening Herald can reveal she prefers to bathe
in the anonymity of foreign shores going on frequent
family shopping trips to Paris or heading to Australia
to see her beloved sister, Olive. If she wants to
head to the family pub Loe's Tavern in Meenaleck
where their are plans for a shrine to Clannad and
her own musical career then she rents out a private
doesn't drive but uses a chauffeur to keep her off
the streets and away from the maddening crowd but
sources close to the singer say it is unlikely you
would be able to recognise her from the carefully
chosen media prints.
life of constant fear of being fed to the media sharks
combined with a wavering battle with her own painfully
shy nature has left Eithne Ni Bhraonain constantly
wary of those that enter the inner circle. You will
never spot her booking a table in any of the cities
must be seen nightspots or becoming the social super
nova of our elite celebrity community in Killiney/Dalkey.
fact the only activity you are likely to see at her
£2.5 million Ayesha Castle, named after
the goddess who carried the eternal flame and was
forever youthful, is the eternal clanging of workmen.
Since she bought the six bedroom in 1997 Enya has
done nothing but constantly tinker with her home to
be until it is in every way her perfect hideaway.
New floor boards,fire places and gates except the
star can't make up her mind how the inner sanctum
should look but what is certain is that security must
In the past she has suffered from the unwanted attentions
of a love-crazed Italian fan who even recorded an
album dedicated to her hence her fear of prying eyes.
The local council has received applications to add
three foot thick blokes along with four foot high
spikes on to the perimeter wall at a cost of £250,000.
nearby in her own apartment or sharing with her manager
Nicky Byrne and his wife Roma who have
a recording studio on location the star is aiming
to move into her own house sometime next year.
of spending a fortune fortifying her house Enya has
a passion for buying only the best designer garments
from some of the biggest names on the domestic scene.
Tipperary's Louise Kennedy, Drogheda designer
Ciaran Sweeney, John Rocha and Derryman
Jen Kelly, who designed the costumes for Riverdance,
all count her as a valued customer.
the charity front Enya hit the headlines when she
and Roma stumped up £20,000 to save a small
child with a heart condition but the attention was
on a promo tour of America, Japan and Australia our
wealthiest woman will be stopping off down under for
Christmas for a cousins wedding. But if you head to
brother Bartley's pub some weekend when the
family get together for a seisuin check out the crowd
as you might just catch the elusive star watching
from the shadows.