HIS success on both radio and TV has yet to be replicated here.
But while Ryan Tubridy may have broken the broadcasting mould, it seems – in one walk of life at least – the Late Late Show host can be copied.
Dublin’s Wax Museum Plus has invited the Dubliner to sit for one of the world’s leading wax modelling experts for his own dummy.
Tubridy told his Twitter followers: ‘The Wax Museum wants to make a wax me. And so the jokes begin… two candles and a box of matches should do the job.’
Museum owner Paddy Dunning said he hoped that the TV presenter’s alter-ego will be in situ within months.
‘We’ve asked Ryan if he’ll do it and if it all goes to plan, we’ll have him in here before Christmas,’ he added. ‘We get a lot of people asking for him.’
Tubridy is one of the ‘top five most requested names’ at the museum, according to Mr Dunning, who said the TV host beat Christy Moore and Séamus Heaney in the rankings.
If Tubridy does accept, he’ll be stealing a march on RTÉ colleague Pat Kenny whose dummy is ‘in storage’.
Mr Dunning said: ‘There isn’t enough room for him at the moment. He is damaged from a flood we had a while back and he needs some work done on him.’
A Tubridy waxwork would certainly be in good company. U2, Phil Lynott and Ronan Keating are among the attractions at the museum in Dublin’s Temple Bar, and there are also plans for a Sinéad O’Connor piece.
And one of the popular features that has kept visitors gripped is the Chamber Of Horrors.
PJ Heraty is the museum’s wax sculptor and is regarded as one of the finest in Europe. His most recent commission was actor Liam Neeson.