Monday 19 February 2018

The King of Pop crowned his visit with dentist trip

Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

HE may have been the 'King of Pop' but that didn't stop Michael Jackson going on a walkabout tour of Crumlin to look for a dentist.

Entrepreneur Paddy Dunning remembered his famous friend yesterday as the National Wax Museum in Dublin unveiled its latest attraction -- a red straw trilby owned by the singer.

"I remember walking around Crumlin with Michael, I was bringing him to the dentist," he said.

The two men struck up a friendship when Jackson and his children stayed at Mr Dunning's Grouse Lodge Studio near Moate, Co Westmeath, for five months in 2007.

The singer and his three children -- Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket -- became part of the Dunning family at the live-in studio.

"It was a blissful time. We closed the gates and that was it. He was very happy and content and was in a really good place. He was eating well, singing and writing songs," said Mr Dunning.

To mark the anniversary of Jackson's death, Mr Dunning said he was offering a number of recording deals for up-and-coming musicians at his studio in the hopes of finding the "next Michael Jackson".

Meanwhile, at the Wax Museum, 'The X Factor' stars Jedward got up close and personal with a model of Jackson, while outside fans waited in the hope of getting an autograph.

Friends Ellen McEntee (17), Ciara Wright (18) and Edel Swift (17) travelled from Monaghan town after hearing the pair were holding a photo-shoot at the museum.

"I love Michael Jackson, he was really good, but I'm more mad about Jedward," said Ciara, showing that time and musical tastes have indeed moved on.

Irish Independent

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