Molly Malone

“Molly Malone” (also known as “Cockles and Mussels” or “In Dublin’s Fair City”) (Irish: Mol Ní Mhaoileoin) is a popular song, set in Dublin, Ireland, which has become the unofficial anthem of Dublin City. It has also in Ireland acquired the status of an Irish anthem. The song is sung by supporters of Dublin GAA, Leinster Rugby teams, Berwick Rangers F.C.,Doncaster Rovers F.C., Plymouth Argyle, Gillingham FC, Reading F.C., Terenure College, The King’s Hospital and the Irish international rugby team. It was also featured in the film, A Clockwork Orange.

Molly Malone statue in Grafton Street, was unveiled by then Lord Mayor of Dublin, Alderman Ben Briscoe during 1988 the Dublin Millennium celebrations, declaring June 13 as Molly Malone Day.”
from wikipedia

When we went on our trip to Ireland, we traveled along Grafton Street. This is a really fun statue. Shows a buxom woman (Molly) pushing her wheelbarrow. I remember back in the day when our last two girls were small, they are almost Irish twins, and Hisself used to sing this song to them on a daily basis. I just loved to hear him sing this song. It is a bittersweet song about a woman just trying to make ends meet in an impoverished time in Irish history. She has a few nicknames one of which is “The Tart with the Cart”, another one is “The Dish with the Fish”.

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 each wheeled their barrow,
Through 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.
Now her ghost wheels her barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying, “Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!”

If after all this and you would like to learn more about Molly Malone there is a good article here . Article is called Irish Historical Mysteries: Molly Malone. An interesting read, I wonder, has anyone written a novel about Molly Malone. If you know of any, please let me know!!!

If you read the article listed above, what do you think?? Was she a real person or was she just a legend??? Who knows but I still like the song!!!!


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