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Friday 20 October 2017

Molly Malone's Alive, Alive-o and living on Suffolk Street

MOLLY Malone has wheeled her famed wheelbarrow the short distance to Suffolk Street.

The iconic Dublin statue disappeared in April, due to the ongoing cross-city Luas works.

Dublin City Council began moving pieces of street art into storage in February, to stop them getting damaged in the works.

But special provisions were made for cockles and mussels trader.

Molly Malone was removed from her spot on Grafton Street around six weeks ago for a proper sprucing up.

Yesterday she was 
unveiled at her new home
by Tourism Minister
 Paschal Donohoe.

"I think it is extremely important that this happened, I'm delighted to see it's happened here today," he said about the decision to relocate Molly.

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"What we saw here today is a statue that is an icon of Dublin," he added.

The minister pointed to the number of people present as a sign of the statue's popularity.

Molly will now stand outside the tourism office in the old Church of Ireland St Andrew's Church.

The real-life Molly was baptised in the church in 1663, according to genealogist Sean Murphy.

lbyrne@herald.ie

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