Molly malone is a character in a famous Irish folk song, In this song Malone is a fish hawker. The statute which sits on Grafton street just outside Trinity University was unveiled in 1988 for the Dublin Millennium celebrations.
Statue to commemorate an a early song that tells the fictional tale of a fishmonger who plied her trade on the streets of Dublin, but who died young, of a fever. In the late 20th century a legend grew up that there was a historical Molly, who lived in the 17th century. She is typically represented as a hawker by day and part-time prostitute by night. known colloquially as "The Tart With The Cart" or "The Trollop With The Scallop(s)", . The statue portrays Molly as a busty young woman in seventeenth-century dress. Her low-cut dress and large breasts were justified on the grounds that as "women breastfed publicly in Molly's time, breasts were popped out all over the place."
How can anyone believe that she was a prostitute when we don't even know if she really existed. Perhaps this is the same as the statue of Sherlock Holmes, a character made famous from books and TV programs. I must admit that i did like the black sculpture which is very detailed, even her dress of the 17th century. maybe Madonna would love it ! A lot of women wore dresses similar to Molly's as it was quite normal to pull out a breast and feed a baby. So they say she sold fish during the day, sold her body at night and died young from a fever ! There are many records of the birth and death of Molly but there were many Molly Malones back in those days, and she may have been any one of them. Don't forget that she was supposed to have lived in the 1600's but there was no historical record of the famous song before the 1880's. Anyway i guess we will never know the truth, but here are the lyrics to the famous song if you have never heard of it.
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, alive, oh,
Alive, alive, oh,"
Crying "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh".
She was a fishmonger,
But sure 'twas no wonder,
For so were her father and mother before,
And they wheeled their barrows,
Through the streets broad and narrow,
Crying, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!"
She died of a fever,
And no one could save her,
And that was the end of sweet Molly Malone.
But her ghost wheels her barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh
"In Dublin's fair city, where the girls are so pretty,
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone ..."
Long before visiting Dublin, I'd heard the song "Sweet Molly Malone" though in my mind it was always attached to a 1945 film, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn," which was based on my favorite book of the same name. In the story "Sweet Molly Malone" was sung by the protagonist's Irish father when he'd had a particularly good day.
Whether Molly Malone was a real or fictional person is still speculation to some. The statue of Molly Malone is a character which has become synonymous with Dublin and draws many tourists who love to photograph it. In 1998, the Dublin Millennium Commission endorsed claims that there was indeed a certain Mary "Molly" Malone who died "of the fever" on 13 June 1699, and so 13 June was proclaimed to be "Molly Malone Day". The character was brought to life in the form of a somewhat scantily-clad, bronze figure by sculptor Jean Rynhart who was commissioned to create the statue for the Millennium of Dublin. The statue was not particularly popular, and I admit that the facial features and expression on the sculpture were disappointing to me as well as her attire -- she did not look sweet or fair but some think that the character, if a real person, was a fishmonger by day and a prostitute by night which might explain her given apparel. The statue has been attributed lots of nicknames: "The dolly with the trolley," "The dish with the fish," "The trollop with the scallops," and the "tart with the cart" to name the ones I've heard.
The song, "Molly Malone", itself is thought to have its roots in the 1800's or Victorian period, and may not be Irish in origin at all -- some sources attribute the song to a Scottish composer, James Yorkston.
The statue originally stood near Trinity College at the end of Grafton Street but has been moved temporarily until 2017 to accommodate Luas track construction and is now at a spot in front of the Saint Andrew's Church Tourist Office on Suffolk Street. It's not a particularly good spot for photos because of shadows.
Our next stop was only for a wee bit of shopping for pins at the Hard Rock Cafe - Dublin.
UPDATE - May 2015 -During my visit to Dublin last month, I was surprised to find Molly outside the Tourist Office by St Andrews' Church. She has been moved here, to allow for the construction of the Luas cross city tram service. She is expected to return to her old place in 2017. READ ALL ABOUT IT!
One of Dublins best known/most photographed statues - of the fictional Molly Malone - who is commemorated in the well known song of 'In Dublins Fair City' (also known as Molly Malone or Cockles and Mussels) which is the unofficial anthem of Dublin, and has subsequently been adopted by supporters of various soccer and Rugby teams in Ireland and the UK.
Click here for the lyrics
The legend is that Molly was a fish monger by day and prostitute by night, who died at a young age of a fever in the 17th Century. There is no historical evidence that Molly existed - although this was quite a common name in Dublin, and the Dublin Millenium Commission, decreed in 1988, that there was 'substantial evidence' of a Molly Malone who died on 13th June 1699, and henceforth decreed that 13th June was to be "Molly Malone day".(300 years after her alleged demise)
The impressive statue was designed by Jeanne Rynhart (From Bantry, Co. Cork), to celebrate the city's first millennium in 1988. It was unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Alderman Ben Briscoe. During the unveiling ceremony Jean sang the famous ditty, along with The Dubliners!
When casting the bronze statue, 2 copies of the head were made 'in case there was a problem'. Both heads were successfully cast, and the spare was put to auction in June 2011
As is tradition in Dublin today, the statues of the city receive nick names - so Molly is known variably as 'The Tart with the cart', 'The trollop with the scallops', 'The dish with the fish', 'The flirt with the skirt' and 'The Dolly with the trolley'
This statue is usually accompanied by visitors scrambling to have their photo taken, or with others taking a breather, so you have to be quick to get an 'uncluttered' photo - As you can see, it's also a bike parking stop.
As with most cities, Dublin has many statues which highlight it's history and the characters that make the city interesting.
Molly Malone seems to be known by many of us from the Dublin anthem many of us know. It is unclear if she was a real person or not.
I love Molly Malone!
No, I'm not exactly talking about the lady. As a matter of fact, we really don't know who she was - a fishmonger, a prostitute, or just a name.
I was talking about the song with her name, which is one of the best melodies to listen in front of a Guinness mug (I don't drink beer, but in Dublin I forgot it, of course).
Imagine my satisfaction when I met her in a street. She looks healthy, generous, and a music lover like me.
The Molly Malone bronze sculpture is one of Dublin’s most popular sights. It was inspired by the song of the same name, which is also known under the name of “Cockles and Mussles” and “In Dublin’s Fair City”. It was designed by Jeanne Rynhart and place unveiled in 1988 as part of the Dublin Millenium celebrations.
Like the spire, she has earned several nicknames like “the tart with the cart” or the “the dolley with the trolley”. However, unlike the spire, she is beloved by Dublin citizen and tourists alike.
Molly Malone......known to Dublins as " the tart with the cart"
For someone who trod this Earth for so brief a period, the youngest daughter of two fishmongers named Patrick and Colleen Malone had a far greater impact on those who knew her, and many who did not, than almost anyone else who had ever lived in the seedy waterfront neighborhoods of Dublin during the early part of the 19th century.
In fact, so great was the outpouring of grief at the funeral of young Molly Malone, struck down by a fever as she blossomed into full womanhood, that the pubs for sixteen miles in every direction were obliged to stay open around the clock for three days following the sad event. Indeed, the reason for this unprecedented communal agony was summed up neatly by the epitaph engraved on the simple stone that graced her final resting place
Most definately the best known lady in Ireland and also the most photographed. The Molly Malone statue in Grafton Street was unveiled by then Lord Mayor of Dublin, Alderman Ben Briscoe during the 1988 Dublin Millennium celebrations, declaring June 13 as Molly Malone Day.
Molly Malone is based on a character of a song by the same name which tells the fictional tale of a beautiful fishmonger who plied her trade on the streets of Dublin, but who died young, of a fever. In 2010, a theory spread that there was a historical Molly, who lived in the 17th century. She is typically represented as a hawker by day and part-time prostitute by night. In contrast she has also been portrayed as one of the few chaste female street-hawkers of her day. However, there is no evidence that the song is based on a real woman, of the 17th century or at any other time.
According to Irish legend, lived in good old Dublin Molly Malone who was on these winding streets advocating "¡Cockles and Mussels alive!" pushing a cart by the port area of the city of Dublin. All the residents were in high esteem and all who knew her family had been devoted to the sale of fresh fish ever since.
One day Molly Malone died of fever in the street without being able to do anything for her, a death that was the beginning of the legend that has remained in the form of traditional Irish song on everyone's mind in a way not Molly Malone has been forgotten by any Irish.
Many argue that Irish Molly Malone had another life and what to sell shellfish alive in the streets was just a metaphor for her prostitution. Is the case or not, Molly Malone is known to all the Irish in Dublin and especially dear.
One of the first sights I saw my first day walking through Dublin was the statue of Molly Malone. The statue is in memory of the heroine of the old folk song Cockles and Muscles. Although I always had a romantic view of the folk song we were told by a lady on the street that the Molly in the folk song was not quite a saint. Just take a look at the way she is dressed in the statue we were told. She was the Tart with the Cart. We had a good laugh out of the description and a new view of the old folk song.
The Statue is located corner of Grafton Street and Suffolk Street.