The bronze statue of Molly Malone commemorates the young woman featured in the local ballad, 'Cockles and Mussels'. As the song goes, this beautiful woman plied her trade as a fishmonger through the streets where her statue now rests, until she suddenly died of a fever. As a nod to the folk song, a statue was erected on the corner of Grafton and Suffolk streets and unveiled at the 1988 Dublin Millennium celebrations.
This tune has been adopted as Dublin's unofficial anthem, boosting this heroine to eternal fame. Though there is debate as to whether or not a Molly Malone like the one in the song ever existed, she is real to the people of Dublin and is remembered both in song as well as on June 13, National Molly Malone Day. The statue also acts as a popular rendezvous spot for groups as the beautiful bosomy woman with her cart cannot be missed.
Padraig was absolutely brilliant!!! His clear, concise and very understandable Irish accent combined with the famous Irish wit was perfect. The places included in the tour gave a perfect overview of Dublin. Though the day I went for the tour the Dublin Castle was closed for official business unfortunately!! Any way hats off to Padraig and hats off to your organization!!
Even though it was freezing cold we still really enjoyed this. It was great to hear the history of Dublin and our tour guide was really good and funny and very enthusiastic which kept your attention to the tour and not the cold.
Great intro to Dublin, hits many of the landmarks and places you don't want to miss. Well worth the time and price!