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It's hats off to Jacko as they wax lyrical about King of Pop

Published 07/04/2010 | 05:00

Sister Gemma Keegan and Paddy Dunning at the Wax Museum yesterday.
Sister Gemma Keegan and Paddy Dunning at the Wax Museum yesterday.

Sister Gemma Keegan insisted she wasn't a major fan of the King of Pop.

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But she was happy to give Michael Jackson's hat a twirl as she admired a new waxwork in his honour unveiled yesterday.

The Sister of Mercy, from Kilcormac, Co Offaly, was at the National Wax Museum to see the new exhibit which has been kitted out with the late singer's own clothes.

Her nephew is museum owner Paddy Dunning who waxed lyrical about making friends with the pop superstar during his stays in Ireland.

The red hat was given to Mr Dunning by Jackson after his five-month stay. The other clothes including a white shirt, white T-shirt, black trousers and pair of black shoes were also all left behind by the late star.

Recording

Mr Dunning (44) has been in possession of Jackson's clothes since 2006 when Jackson came to Grouse Lodge Studios, the recording facility outside Moate, Co Westmeath, which Mr Dunning also operates.

Initially the singer arrived in Ireland for one month, but this was extended to five months, with himself and his family moving into a house on the studio's estate.

Mr Dunning said that Jackson had agreed to open the National Wax Museum last October after the two became friends.

However he died last June aged 50, before he could make the trip.

Mr Dunning said the unveiling of a likeness of Jackson at the wax museum had an added poignancy.

"The night he died my wife rang me with the news. I got a huge shock as we had been expecting him over for the opening," said Mr Dunning.

The new likeness of Jackson depicts him in classic pose -- performing live with his arms outstretched. It took four months to create by the wax museum's in-house sculptor, PJ Heraty.

Irish Independent

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