Waxy O` Connors
Waxy OConnor was born in Smithfield, Dublin City, in the year 1788. He gained his name by way of his profession as a candle maker. Primarily, he is remembered for his great appetite and capacity for hard liquor. It seems he was not alone amongst men of his craft – their fondness for and ability to consume copious quantities of beer and whiskey are legendary. The excuse for such excesses is that as candle makers had to work in such extreme heat it sapped a man of both energy and fluids. As Waxy OConnor was heard to comment, Such heat does parch a man – a parched man is a barren man – and beer is the only cure …….ah, us lads could put away gallons in a day!