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'gave me a start' Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley pays tribute to The Chieftains star Paddy Moloney

Mr Moloney had Michael Flatley perform with The Chieftains before Riverdance took off

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Lord of the Dance creator Michael Flatley

Lord of the Dance creator Michael Flatley

Lord of the Dance creator Michael Flatley

SUPERSTAR dancer Michael Flatley has led the tributes to Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains, saying “he gave me my start.”

The Lord of The Dance impresario first shot to fame when he was invited to perform with The Chieftains in the early 1980s.

Flatley’s innovative style of Irish dancing was then first seen on the world stage when he toured with The Chieftains throughout that decade.

Michael’s performances were so well received that Paddy Moloney invited him to appear regularly with the group, before the Chicago-born dancer of Irish descent choreographed and performed Riverdance for the interval act at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest.

“Paddy and The Chieftains gave me my start,” Michael Flatley told SundayWorld.com today. “I am so proud to have toured with them. Paddy and the group were pure class.”

Paying tribute to the founder and leader of The Chieftains, Michael added: “Paddy Moloney was an Irish legend and a dear friend. It’s hard to imagine anyone having done more to promote Irish music globally than Paddy. May God rest his soul.”

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