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Island haven mooted for singer

Michael Jackson - AP file photo
The island may not be quite private enough for reclusive pop star Michael Jackson

It is not quite Neverland, but there have been reports that Michael Jackson may be moonwalking his way to an island off the County Donegal coast.

It is no secret that the singer has an affection for the emerald isle, but the locals in Port Noo have been taken by surprise at the news that members of his team have expressed an interest in buying Inishkeel Island.

Martina Barrett's family owns part of the tiny island and said that the newspaper stories had caused quite a stir in the town.

"Our family only owns half of the island, so it is the other half of the island that is on the market," she said.

She said that while the island was beautiful there was no planning permission for it and no way of living on it.

"I'm not quite sure what his plans would be," she said.

The island is near Port Noo and the only structures on the island are the remains of churches.

For a man who values his privacy as much as the singer Martina said the island may not be quite remote enough.

"Whenever the tide's out you can walk to it - so there is a huge amount of tourists that would visit the island on a daily basis when the tide allows them during the summer months so he wouldn't be hidden away," she added.



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