"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!"
For Dublin's millennium celebration, a statue of Molly Malone, a beautiful bosomy belle, was unveiled in 1988. The fictional character, featured in the song "Cockles and Mussels", was a fishmonger by day and a prostitute by night. Molly sold cockles and mussels out of her wheelbarrow. Sadly, one day Molly, suffering from a high fever, succumbed to a bout of cholera and passed away. Supposedly, her ghosts haunts the streets of Dublin now. The song was first published in Boston, Massachusetts in 1876.
Molly's statue, which sat at the bottom of Grafton Street, was temporarily removed to make way for a new track. Plans are underway to return it to its original location in 2017. It is known colloquially as "The Tart with the Cart" or "The Trollop with the Scallop(s)". Supposedly, a Mary (for which Molly is a nickname) Malone passed away on June 13, 1699, the date designated for Molly Malone Day.
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