Dublin's most famous statue, Molly Malone, is now located on Suffolk Street, just off Grafton Street and College Green. The Irish ballad with that catchy 'Alive, alive oh' refrain continues to capture the imagination of visitors to Ireland. Molly is a fictional character, a fishmonger plying her trade on the streets of Dublin. Depending on who sings the song, Molly was either the most chaste of fishwives or a lady of dubious morals. We will leave you to decide.
And the Lyrics:
In Dublin's fair city, where the girls are so pretty
I first laid my eyes on sweet Molly Malone
As she wheeled her wheel barrow
Through the streets crying: "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 wheel'd 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.
But her ghost wheels her barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!"
Be prepared for the bustle of visitors around the bronze statue, waiting to get their turn for a selfie with Molly. For keen photographers, we always recommend guests to get there early.
Molly Malone is located 15 minute walk from the hotel.