LORD of The Dance star Michael Flatley has tied the knot for the second time.
The 47-year-old superhoofer wed fellow dancer Niamh O’Brien at the weekend in a small town parish church near his southern Irish mansion.
Thousands of residents from Fermoy, County Cork, turned out for the event – filling St Patrick’s Church, the forecourt outside and lining the streets.
Flatley was mobbed when he arrived at the wheel of his V12 Mercedes Roaster, and spent about five minutes shaking hands and kissing well-wishers before finally making it through the crowd into the church.
When O’Brien, 32, appeared – some 45 minutes late – in her stunning Badgley Mischka dress, she too had problems getting through the crowd, despite her police escort – which included two outriders.
At one point there were so many people gathered around the V12 Rolls Royce Phantom the 32-year-old Irish-born dancer arrived in that she couldn’t actually get out of the car.
During the service – which was attended by about 250 invited guests and around 700 local residents – Flatley was cheered and at one point, the entire congregation rose to their feet and sang “For he’s a jolly good fellow”.
Some of the music was performed by the Irish folk group, The Chieftains.
A message from Pope Benedict XVI blesssing their marriage was read out at the end of the service.
Afterwards, the couple posed on the steps of the church before being driven back to Flatley’s Castlehyde House mansion estate.
In a celebration that lasted until around 6am the following morning, guests feasted on a gourmet buffet, which included venison en croute, osyters, lobster, prawns, shellfish and medallions of beef.
There were also plates of fresh Irish salmon caught from the river that runs through his estate.
A small army of waiters and waitresses circulated with glasses of Krug and Bollinger champagne, while French wines, vintage ports, and Irish malts were also on offer.The couple’s first dance was Fly Me To The Moon, followed by I’ve Got You Under My Skin.
Every room on the ground floor of his home was filled with musicians – including a string quartet, a solo pianist and there were performances by The Chieftains.
Flatley himself played the flute almost non-stop for two hours.
He and his new bride – who he has known for about ten years – stayed up till around 2am before disappearing upstairs.
There was no honeymoon. That’s due later this year.
Instead the couple took just two days off at Castlehyde House before returning to work on his forthcoming tour, Celtic Tiger.
Groomsman Ronan Hardiman said: “He told me the wedding and reception was the happiest day of his life and that he was over the mon about it all.”
Lisa Murphy, the woman Flatley dated on and off from around 1999 till earlier this year, said: “I am happy for him. I hope he will be happy and I wish him all the best.”
Flatley first married Polish make-up artist Beata Dziaba in 1986 but they divorced in 1997.