Peter Kay ‘retreated to rural Ireland’ after cancelling £40million tour in 2017

Peter Kay has reportedly retreated to rural Ireland in the wake of his £40million tour cancellation in 2017.

The Phoenix Nights funnyman was due to hit the road and play to hundreds of thousands in a new stand-up tour but suddenly announced that it was off due to "unforeseen family circumstances" and promptly disappeared from public life.

The 46-year-old did appear on our screens in 2018 for the final episode of his hit TV comedy Car Share but his fans had not seen or heard from him since, until this week anyway.

The comedian, who holds the Guinness World Records as the most successful stand-up comic of all time, announced that he will be doing more Dance for Life dates, alongside his Car Share co-star Sian Gibson.

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The dance-a-thon shows proved to be hugely popular last time he did them and he will be looking to raise money for Cancer Research UK with dates in Liverpool, London and Manchester in April and May.

The Sun has reported that during his hiatus from stage and screen, Peter has been living his life in Co Tipperary, according to locals in the area.

This may not come as a complete surprise as Peter himself revealed on Ireland’s The Late Late Show in November 2017 that he has a house in the county.

He said at the time: “I don’t talk about it because I don’t want it to get robbed. We’ve had a house here for 12 years.

“We come here all the time. Whenever there’s a school holiday, really. We give Christmas a miss because the house is freezing. It takes ages to warm up.”

The dad of three had told fans when he cancelled the tour dates that he had to put “his family first” and it would seem that some time in a house near Lough Derg was the answer.

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It has been reported that Peter has looked to keep a low profile in the secluded location but his Range Rover has been a giveaway for locals.

Peter, whose mother Deirdre is from Coalisland in Co Tyrone, has apparently shied away from the pubs and restaurants in the area but locals have stilled noticed him motoring around the country roads.

One local told The Sun: "If he didn’t want to be noticed, he definitely picked the wrong car to drive around in."

While it is uncertain why he cancelled the tour exactly, Peter said that he had "first hand" experience of the work of The Lily Foundation.

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He spoke about the charity at a special screening of the Car Share finale – the charity helps to improve the lives of children with mitochondrial ­disease.

Moving to Ireland would certainly fit in with his desire to only keep in contact with close friends and family.

One pal told The Sun that Peter "has always preferred to live life out of the spotlight.

"When faced with a choice between focusing on his family or his career, there was never any question which he would choose."

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Apart from the odd appearance at events, Peter had kept himself away from public scrutiny, though he did hit out on social media at a Channel 5 documentary about his life.

It had claimed that that the documentary was "in his own words," but Peter had not taken part in the filming of it.

A source at the time said that this was proof that Peter was getting ready to make more public appearances as beforehand "something like this wouldn’t have even been on his radar."

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