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Is Michael Jackson going to open a leprechaun-inspired theme park in Ireland?
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updated 10/2/2006 3:06:35 AM ET 2006-10-02T07:06:35

Looks like Michael Jackson has taken a liking to the wee folk of Ireland.

The “Thriller” singer, who left the U.S. for the Mideast following his acquittal on sex charges, has been spending time on the Emerald Isle recently, and is looking into buying an estate there — possibly a castle — according to reports.

What’s more, he’s supposedly interested in opening up a leprechaun-inspired theme park.

“Michael is deadly serious about this idea,” a source told Ireland’s Daily Mirror. “He loves the whole idea of leprechauns and the magic and myths of Ireland. It would cost around 500 million Euros [about $635 million] to do. He’s always wanted to open his own theme park and he thinks Ireland is the perfect place and it will all be built around the leprechaun theme.”

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The cash-strapped singer reportedly is meeting with businessmen to raise money for the park.

There are regular sightings of the reclusive singer in Ireland, and one newspaper there has set up a Wacko Watch Hotline for readers to phone in sightings.

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Jessica Simpson’s rep denies the story, but L&S claims that’s because her dad is making the plans without her knowledge.

“Joe’s going to make a lot of money from this,” a source told the mag, “and he didn’t even ask Jessica!”

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