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Ryan's no dummy... but he soon will be after he gets sized up for wax double

RYAN Tubridy is about to come face to face with his biggest fan -- himself.

The lanky broadcaster (38) is about to see himself in a whole new light when he is immortalised with a wax dummy next week, the Herald can reveal.

The Late Late Show host will be visiting the National Wax Museum Plus in Temple Bar after being invited to have the wax figure done before Christmas. And he will be in good company with sports pundit Eamon Dunphy and late Gerry Ryan also residing in the hall of TV legends.


General manager of Dublin's Wax Museum Plus Lisa Jameson said that they are trying to emphasise the importance of promoting our home-grown celebrities, and they hope Ryan will be the first of many to pose for wax figures.

"He will be coming next week," Ms Jameson said. "We sent out letters and have been in touch with several celebrities, we're in the process of getting them to commit.

"We'd like to get Michael Flatley, Roy Keane, and Jedward, I have been thinking about them for a while. The kids love them, and kids and families are one of our biggest markets."

She emphasised the importance of showing off some of our finest celebrities, in order to appeal to a wider local audience and not just tourists.

"It's about Irish history and culture, music and film, and what Ireland has to offer, and it's not just for tourists, but for the locals as well.

"We have a lot to offer, it's educational, fun and interesting.

"It is Irish owned, we're not a big corporation.

"With all due respect to Madame Tussauds, it's our own wax museum, and there aren't an awful lot of national wax museums out there. A lot taken of them have been taken over by bigger companies.

"We're a small company and doing our best to give something to the city."

Ryan will be the first Irish TV star to be added to the display since it reopened last October.

When he was first approached about the idea, he joked on Twitter: "Two candles and a box of matches should do the job".

And Ms Jameson is equally excited to see the moulding process next week. "It will take a couple of hours, they will do the casting of face and hands, taking measurements and take photographs.

"It's strange for me, it's the first time I'll see it. I'm not entirely sure exactly what the process entails."

cmcbride@ herald.ie