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Hire the Popemobile in Dublin
Dublin’s National Wax Museum Plus has just spent €60,000 – that’s around £49,000 – recommissioning this rather curious looking truck-based bus.
Why? Quite simple: Pope John Paul II used it during his 1979 visit to Ireland. That’s right, this is a genuine Popemobile.
National Wax Museum Plus Director, Paddy Dunning, acquired the Popemobile when he bought the contents of the previous National Wax Museum, where the vehicle’s shell had been on display.
When the museum moved home in 2009, Dunning decided it was time to bring some life back to the late pontiff’s old ride, and as a result it’s now available for members of the general public to try.
The Museum has launched a Pope Mobile City Tour, and if you want to set your own agenda it’s also on offer for private hire, with “corporate events, weddings, charity fundraisers, pilgrimages to Knock” all catered for.
The Popemobile seats 15 – if you include the Pope’s chair – has big panoramic windows and even an exterior balcony. Hiring it costs between €300 and €350 an hour (£244-£284), depending on the time and day; discounted rates are available for longer bookings.
However, Mr Dunning also has ambitions to find a sponsor that would allow him to take the papal carriage on a tour of every town and village in Ireland, “collecting stories of bravery, success and good deeds”.
The message this would send during a time of recessions and austerity would ideally see it re-named ‘The Hopemobile’.
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