Today is International Women’s Day and we want to celebrate it talking about one of the most loved dublin women.
In Dublin’s fair city,
Where the girls are so pretty,
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone…
Probably even if you are not Irish, you know the The ballad Molly Malone. The famous song tells the fictional (fictional?) tale of an attractive young fishmonger who lived in Dublin and passed through the streets of the city screaming “Cockles and Mussels alive!”. She died of a fever and the legend says that her ghost is still haunting the streets of Dublin…
Molly Malone as person started to be studied in 1998, at the same time as the celebration of the millennium of the founding of Dublin. On this occasion it was established that 13th June is the day of memory of Molly Malone, and the sculptor Jeanne Rynhart created the statue of the woman, originally located near Trinity College.
The statue of Molly shows a seventeenth century woman, and alluded at her two jobs: she sold the fish during the day and she was a prostitute at night. To justify the deep neckline of the statue Rynhart explained that in the 18th century the women used to suckle the children in public “ At the time of Molly, women breastfed publicly…there were uncovered breasts everywhere”.
A lot of tourists usually take a picture with Molly Malone every day and the Irish as well usually call it “the Tart with the Cart”.
Wheter you are Irish or tourists enjoy the performance of The Dubliners, a historic folk Irish group… https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=8&v=vdxLxnhGnvo
….And that was the end of sweet Molly Malone