LORD OF THE DANCE star Michael Flatley's Cork County 19th century mansion was once owned by Ireland's first president DOUGLAS HYDE and the GUINNESS family.

The dancer has just spent $1 million (GBP555,500) on replacing all the home's windows. The renovation took three months to complete.

Flatley also owns homes in the South of France and in London's Little Venice, where he houses an impressive collection of vintage flutes.

The dancer has also recently purchased a beachfront strip in Barbados, and is planning to build the ultimate holiday getaway there.

10/11/2004 09:08