About 15 pieces completely destroyed after break-in at National Wax Museum.

An RTÉ News report from the National Wax Museum in Dublin which has been vandalised.

This was the third break-in at the museum on Granby Row, just off Parnell Square in Dublin's city centre. Previously intruders had taken cash. But this time they couldn't find any money and resorted to destroying the wax works. Paddy Fagan described the scene when he arrived at work that morning.

JFK Wax Work (1980)
John F Kennedy Wax Work (1980)

Wolfe Tone's arm was broken off, and he received a gash to the side of the head. His sword was taken out and stuck into Margaret Thatcher. Quite a few figures in the GAA scene were destroyed including broadcaster Michael O'Hehir, who was bashed beyond repair. 

In total, about 15 figures were destroyed. According to Paddy Fagan, repairs will take about a year and a half, at a cost of between £30,000 and £50,000. 

There are over 100 figures in the museum, most of which survived. 

An RTÉ News report by Eileen Dunne broadcast on 2 May 1980.

Margaret Thatcher Wax Work (1980)
Margaret Thatcher Wax Work (1980)