Michael Jackson planned leprechaun theme park in Ireland
Star's special relationship with Ireland
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Tragic superstar Michael Jackson had planned on building a leprechaun park in Ireland.
Jackson, who died yesterday aged 50, was drawn to Ireland because of his fascination with fairies and leprechauns.
Speaking to Access Hollywood in 2006, he said, “Ireland has inspired me to make a great album. I have never given up on making music.”
Sources said Jackson planned on building an Irish leprechaun park twinned with his Neverland ranch.
Sadly, it was not to be and one of the world's most famous performers died yesterday of a suspected heart attack in Los Angeles.
Jackson had fled to Ireland after he was cleared of child molestation charges in 2005.
He stayed in four luxury hideaways; Blackwater Castle and Ballinacurra House in County Cork, Luggala Castle in County Wicklow, and Grouse Lodge in County Westmeath.
Jackson attracted huge media attention with his Irish visits.
In Wicklow, Roundwood came under a virtual siege from Jackson fans in 2006 when he stayed at the fabulous Luggala Castle.
Jackson stayed at the luxury country home for three months at a rent of about $30,000 a week.
The home, with just seven bedrooms, is set on a 5,000-acre estate and comes equipped with its own butler and chefs.
Jackson then moved on to Westmeath and the equally luxurious Grouse Lodge in tiny Rosemount.
Again, Jackson fans flocked to the village for a glimpse of their hero.
Jackson so loved Ireland that he was looking at buying a home in Cork.
He particularly loved Cork because Pairc Ui Chaoimh had been the venue for two of his biggest outdoor concerts ever.
Cork promoter Oliver Barry said the sell-out shows in 1988 were the most spectacular concerts of their time.
Friends said that the "King of Pop" wanted to move to Ireland to try and live a normal life.
Blackwater owner Patrick Nordstrom said he tried to give Jackson and his children “some normality from their crazy world.”
Mr Nordstrom said: “Having them in the house was a very normal experience in many ways, but it was also very weird.
“The children could play in the gardens because of the high walls. They really enjoyed it and you could tell they adored their father. "
Des Gahan, the owner of Kinsale’s Ballinacurra House, said the star was a “perfect gentleman,” during his stay.
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