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Seriously ill Flatley Forced to Cancel Celtic Tiger Tour
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Date: November 16, 2006 06:29PM

Here a posting that just came in on the CelticCafe (Yahoo group) from Alex Szabo:

Seriously ill Flatley Forced to Cancel Celtic Tiger Tour

LORD of the Dance Michael Flatley, was seriously ill in a London hospital last night. His pregnant wife Niamh was by his bedside as it was announced he has cancelled all dates for his Celtic Tiger European tour. His two shows at the Point in Dublin in early December have also been cancelled.

The Irish Independent understands the 48-year-old multimillionaire is being treated for what doctors suspect is an aggressive viral infection. He has been in the renowned London Clinic for more than a week as doctors attempt to treat the infection and identify the precise nature of the viral strain. A spokesman for the London Clinic was unavailable for comment last night. But friends of Flatley last night insisted that the dancer's condition is not life-threatening - though they admitted he remains seriously ill and very weak.

His wife, Niamh, has been maintaining a vigil by his bedside over the past week. The serious nature of the illness wrecked the dancer's training schedule. Doctors warned he may be unable to resume dance training for several weeks or possibly months.

The Chicago-born dancer, only got married on October 14 last to fellow Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and Celtic Tiger star, Niamh O'Brien. The couple married in a lavish ceremony at his ?50m refurbished Castlehyde mansion in Fermoy in north Cork. Earlier this month it was confirmed that Niamh is expecting the couple's first child next April.

In a statement, Aiken Promotions apologised to ticket holders. They said they hoped to re-schedule both Dublin dates as soon as possible. However, they pointed out that given the dancer's serious illness, it is not possible to indicate alternative dates at the present time. Celtic Tiger tickets will be refunded at their point of purchase or via TicketMaster.

The illness came just six months after Flatley revealed he had been treated for a cancer scare. A type of skin cancer was diagnosed at a very early stage by his doctors. And treatment was immediately ordered. He has since been given the all-clear. In his autobiography, Flatley said that, after the incident, he fully appreciated what a blessing good health was.

The dancer has, over the years, also battled chronic damage to his knees. This has been largely caused by wear-and-tear inflicted by more than three decades of training and dance performances. Last night, a spokesman for the dancer declined to comment beyond a brief statement issued in conjunction with the Celtic Tiger tour promoter.

The hospital where he is being treated is on Devonshire Place, off Harley Street in London and not far from the dancer's Kensington home. The hospital - founded 75 years ago - ranks as one of England's largest independent clinics and boasts some of London's most eminent consultants.

The clinic is a leader in acute medical care.

You can find the original posting in the CelticCafe Yahoo Groups. Posted by Alex Szabo

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