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Molly Malone


Statue of Molly Malone

Molly Malone
Statue in Dublin, Ireland

A crafty statue sits at the bottom of Grafton Street in honor and memory of the infamous legendary Molly Malone. Depicting Molly as a busty young woman in her 17th century dress. This statue was commemorated and designed by Jeanne Rynhart in 1987 to celebrate Dublin’s first millenium. It was unveiled by Alderman Ben Briscoe (Lord Mayor of Dublin) at the 1988 Dublin Millenium celebrations and began the event of June 13th being branded Molly Malone Day. The statue is nicknamed “The Tart With The Cart”, “The Dish With The Fish”, “The Trollop With the Scallops”, “The Flirt in the Skirt”, and “The Dolly With Trolley”. Her low cut dress and large breast were at first a controversy, but justified on the grounds that “women breastfed publicly in Molly’s time and breasts popped out all over the place all the time”. Molly is most known as the fair maiden in the popular Dublin song “Cockles and Mussels” or “Molly Malone”. The song is about a beautiful fishmonger or female pirate who plied her trade on the streets of Dublin and had died young of the fever. The song is not recorded before 1883 when it was published in Cambridge, Massachusetts and later published by the Francis Brothers and Day in London in 1884. No evidence that Molly actually existed, though rumors state she was a real woman who was a hawker by day and part-time prostitute by night.

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