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Statue of Molly Malone in Dublin - Fred Veenkamp - cc

Molly Malone

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Statue of Molly Malone in Dublin - Fred Veenkamp - cc

Informations about Molly Malone

Location in Ireland Ireland County: County Dublin (Republic of Ireland)
Location :
Address : Suffolk Street - Dublin 2

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Molly Malone is a fictional character from an Irish folk song. This one would be a pretty fishmonger selling her fish in the streets of Dublin in the seventeenth century… before perishing from a high fever…
The song became so popular that it became the unofficial anthem of Dublin, and a statue of Molly Malone was even installed on the forecourt of St Andrew’s church!

Origins of Molly Malone

A fictional character from an Irish folk song…

Molly Malone - Txemari - cc

Molly Malone – Txemari – cc

It all began in 1880, when the song “Molly Malone”, also known as “Cockles and Mussels”, was released.

This popular song is sung all over Dublin, becomes a must in Irish pubs and is played everywhere in the street by local musicians.

The song is meant to be tragi-comic, and tells the story of Molly Malone, a young and beautiful fishmonger, selling her fish, cockles and mussels on the streets of Dublin every day until she is struck down by a terrible fever.

This song has become very popular over the years, making Molly Malone one of the city’s emblematic characters. The legend is said to have grown even stronger around this woman, and many agree that she sold her fish on the streets during the day and prostituted herself at night.

Molly Malone becomes a cultural symbol of Dublin

Other rumors claim that, on the contrary, this one was one of the few street vendors to remain chaste… A lot of research has even been done to find out if Molly Malone even existed… Some Irish people seem to claim to have found her birth and death certificates, but it seems that the name Molly Malone is rather common in Ireland, especially in the 17th century, when young Molly was supposed to live.

In homage to this character who has become an essential part of Irish culture, Dublin commissioned a statue of Molly Malone in 1987, which is now installed on Suffolk Street. Designed by Jean Rynhart, this statue represents a beautiful young woman with a generous cleavage, dressed in period clothes and pushing a cart of fish in front of her. The Molly Malone song has become the official anthem of the city of Dublin and is sung by the majority of Dublin GAA and international rugby team fans.

The Song of Molly Malone

Original Song

In Dublin’s fair city,
where the girls are so pretty,
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone,
As she wheeled her wheel-barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying, “Cockles and mussels, alive alive oh!”

Alive-a-live-oh, Alive-a-live-oh,
Crying “Cockles and mussels, alive alive oh”

She was a fishmonger,
And sure ’twas no wonder,
For so were her father and mother before,
And they both wheeled their barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying, “Cockles and mussels, alive, alive oh!”

Alive-a-live-oh, Alive-a-live-oh,
Crying “Cockles and mussels, alive alive oh”

She died of a fever,
And no one could save her,
And that was the end of my sweet Molly Malone.
Now her ghost wheels her barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying, “Cockles and mussels, alive, alive oh!”

Alive-a-live-oh, Alive-a-live-oh, Crying
“Cockles and mussels, alive alive oh”


Practical informations


Adresse Address: Suffolk Street - Dublin 2
Location: (County Dublin)

GPS coordinatesGPS : 53.343763,-6.260936

PricePrice* :

free

*indicative price may vary according to the season and the policy of the establishment.



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