Wax lyrical with all the greats for St Paddy's Day

The great Irish writers room at the Wax Museum Plus. Inset, Philomena Lynott with her waxwork and that of her son Phil

Kirsty Blake Knox

What better way to soak up the atmosphere of St Patrick's Day than downing pints with a life-sized waxwork of Brendan Behan?

This year, Wax Museum Plus is offering punters the chance to rent out the entire museum to watch the colourful parade.

The asking price is €3,000 for five hours (10am-3pm) but general manager of Wax Museum Plus Ed Coleman says he is open to negotiations.

Located in the Lafayette Building on the corner of Westmoreland Street, the first floor of the museum offers a unique panoramic view of O'Connell Street and Burgh Quay.

The first floor is dedicated to great Irish writers, with Patrick Kavanagh, James Joyce and Brendan Behan all nestled around a Georgian-themed bar.

The museum will cater for private parties of 50.

Guests are allowed to bring their own food and drink at no additional cost.

"They can enjoy a drinks reception and make the most of this entirely unique experience," Mr Coleman said.

"You can have a pint with Brendan Behan and sit down for a chat with James Joyce afterwards.

"You will be immersed in Irish culture and have the best seat in the house for the parade. It will be an unforgettable experience for everyone involved."

Three members of staff will be on site during the day.

Party members will be free to wander around the museum and visit other wax figures, including Pope John Paul II, ET and Jedward.

Earlier this month, the museum introduced its latest addition - Philomena Lynott, the Queen Mother of Irish rock 'n' roll.

The mother of Thin Lizzy frontman and Irish rock icon Phil Lynott was added to the Grand Hall of Fame.


Mr Coleman said he was pleased that the introduction of Lynott's waxwork coincided with the centenary celebration of women's suffrage.

UFC champion Conor McGregor was also added to the museum in recent months.

The museum relocated to Westmoreland Street last year. As a result, the museum has had to downsize slightly - and sadly, some wax figures were let go.

These included some of the less memorable Popes, and actor Noel Purcell.