In the summer of 2006 the King of Pop travelled to County Westmeath, an enchanting area with forts and castles, to find a sanctuary from the press. He stayed in Grouse Lodge, a secluded Georgian estate near the village of Rosemount. He later moved to the neighbouring estate of Coolatore and there were rumoured sightings of him in the nearby villages of Moate or Kilbeggan. Coolatore House is available for hire and you can stay in the same bedroom as Michael Jackson did.
Michael Jackson also stayed at Luggala Castle in County Westmeath, a seven bedroom castle and the setting for many films, with previous guests like Mel Gibson and Orlando Bloom
On several occasions, it was reported that Jackson wanted to move to Ireland permanently, and that he even spent time house-hunting in Co Cork, where many other celebrities live like Jeremy irons. The pop superstar was interested in Ireland because his facsination by fairies and leprechauns. According to the website michaeljacksonsightings.com, he is alive and has been sighted in cork staying under an assumed name.