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Good golly! Miss Molly might be carted off to Melbourne

AFTER years of wheeling her barrow through streets broad and narrow, nobody would begrudge Molly Malone a sunshine break. But Down Under is the last place you'd expect to find the Dublin girl singing Cockles and Mussels Alive Alive-Oh.

A temporary move to Melbourne could be on the cards for Dublin's most famous fishmonger, who currently resides at the top of Grafton Street, opposite Trinity College.

Failte Ireland and Emirates Airlines are reportedly in discussions to fly the famous sculpture to Australia for the Melbourne Cup in November.

The idea of displaying the statue at Australia's most famous horse racing event was raised informally with Dublin City Council earlier this month.

If the trip went ahead she would spend a fortnight on display at the Melbourne Cup carnival in the large and highly exclusive Emirates corporate marquee.