LORD OF THE DANCE star Michael Flatley has spoken of his sadness following the death of his mother Eilish.
My dear mother Eilish passed away this morning. She is now with my father in heaven. Words cannot express myself and my family's sadness at this time. May God rest her soul.
On the Facebook post the dancer and impresario wrote: "My dear mother Eilish passed away this morning.
"She is now with my father in heaven. Words cannot express myself and my family's sadness at this time.
"May God rest her soul."
Eilish Flatley, who was originally from Co. Carlow, emigrated to the US in 1947 with her husband Sligo native Michael Flatley Snr.
The couple founded a plumbing company in Chicago, where they raised five children.
Eilish, like her mother - Michael’s grandmother - was a champion Irish dancer.
She encouraged the young Michael to begin lessons at the Dennehy School of Irish Dance in Chicago when he was 11.
He showed huge promise, and six years later became the first American to win the Irish Dance World Championships.
Eilish Flatley is survived by her sons Michael and Patrick, and three daughters Anne-Marie, Eliza and Thomasina.