The Molly Malone Statue was designed by Jeanne Rynhart and based on a popular song of a 17th century fictional character to celebrate Dublin’s first millennium in 1988. It tells the tale of a fishmonger who is typically represented as a hawker by day and part-time prostitute by night. Her low-cut dress and large breasts were justified on the grounds that “as women breastfed publicly in Molly’s time, breasts were popped out all over the place”! The statue, like so many others in Dublin, has been given many nicknames including ‘The Tart with the Cart’, ‘The Dish with the Fish’, ‘The Trollop with the Scallops’, ‘The Dolly with the Trolley’, and ‘The Flirt in the Skirt’! It was originally placed at the bottom of Grafton Street but has recently been removed and kept in storage to make way for an extension to Dublin’s light rail system until 2017.

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