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Do You know Molly Malone?

Do You know Molly Malone?


Molly Malone is one of the symbols of Ireland. And very specifically yours is a story that has a lot to do with the famous Dublin, because Molly Malone’s song is the unofficial anthem of the city. Is there something like an “unofficial anthem” in Dublin? That’s right, because this is Ireland!

In this land of green mountains, rocky little houses, taverns covered by old wood and watered with the best of beers -because there is a great variety of exquisite foams in this land…-. It is in this almost magical setting that things have been happening for a long time, probably in a different way than they would anywhere else on the globe. That’s why a prostitute who walks the streets with a car has become the protagonist of something like an unofficial Dublin city anthem but that all Irish choruses and applauds as if it were the most distinguished of the songs. Partly because it’s an Irish anthem! And what would this green land be without songs? And without beer? Luckily you won’t have to find out because in the Irish tavern Wild Rover we’re going to make sure your throat doesn’t dry out while we tell you the story of Molly Malone…

Needless to say, it’s a controversial story. But not because of what it might seem at first glance, because she was a woman with a happy life and a hectic night, but because it is disputed whether Miss Malone was really a person of flesh and bones who stepped onto the streets of Ireland.

Whatever the popular story may be, it places her in the 17th century. And if a name of its own is linked to that of Molly it is that of James Yorktson, who in 1880 composed Molly Malone’s folk song and surely unwittingly turned it almost into a myth. And who was it, Molly Malone? Well, she was basically a shopkeeper by day and a prostitute by night (for this reason she is colloquially known as The tart with the cart) and the song says that the voluptuous fisherwoman Molly went around the port area of Dublin pushing her car with the genre to the cry of “Mussels and cockles alive!”. And this is why the Irish, who are not parochial in affectionate appellations, refer to Molly and her anthem as “Cockles and Mussels” or “In Dublin’s Fair City”.

Whether Molly Malone existed or not, the truth is that this character is very present in the culture of Ireland. You only have to go out to see his statue presiding over Suffolk Street. For a long time it was in Grafton Street, in Dublin, since it was inaugurated in 1987, but the processes of reform of the city have not even respected the route of this famous prostitute.

Do you think you know enough about Molly Malone? No, the most important thing is missing. You need to know the Dublin and Irish anthem par excellence if you really want to be able to drink and sing with a good troop of redheads and redheads in the Wild Rover, for example. Molly Malone’s song goes like this:

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!”

The ending is somewhat tragic, yes, but if Molly Malone belonged to the 17th century it was to be expected that her life would not have continued, if she was ever real… So what you can do is drink to her and sing to the happy life or whatever you want while enjoying sports and music in a purely Irish tavern in Barcelona. Welcome to the Wild Rover! To Molly’s health!  

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