MICHAEL Flatley is the toast of Limerick after enjoying the hospitality of a string of city pubs on Sunday, not long after watching Munster trounce Racing Metro in Thomond Park.
The Lord of the Dance star spent Sunday’s match in the company of two greats of Munster rugby, Paul O’Connell and Alan Quinlan, before going on a pub crawl of some of the city’s finest hostelries afterward with a large group of friends.
Flatley was a guest of the University of Limerick Foundation in a corporate box in Thomond Park and sat next to O’Connell and Quinlan as Munster did a Riverdance of their own on the travelling French side.
“He was in the box with a friend of Paul’s, and they all got on really well,” said a person who was also in attendance on Sunday. “He was a real nice guy, just a quiet fella really, which was surprising,” he added of the Irish-American dancer.
Flatley was seen in JJ Bowles, Nancy Blakes and Phil Flannery’s in the aftermath of the game, finishing the night in Cobblestone Joe’s.
Flatley was the talk of the town this Monday having happily posed for pictures with fans in the various establishments, which were freely being shared across Facebook and Twitter.
City man Ken McLoughlin met Flatley in Cobblestone Joe’s and the Chicago native happily posed for a picture.
“He was in good form; he was with a big gang of people who were entertaining him,” said Ken.
“He was a really nice guy, he seemed pretty cool. He went over and talked to the band after the gig and wished them all the best. People were laughing saying ‘that can’t be Michael Flatley’ but it was him. I shook his hand and he said hello,” he laughed.
Interestingly it is hoped that Riverdance, which Flatley starred in and choreographed with Jean Butler, performing the dance at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, will be performed in Limerick in 2014 as part of the City of Culture initiative.