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Sunday 19 August 2018

Why Molly Malone must be off her head for €30k

A SPARE head for Dublin's famous Molly Malone statue is to be auctioned, it emerged today.

The bronze life-size cast was created at the time of the original work in the event of there being problems with the piece but was never needed.

Sculptress Jeanne Rynhart has kept the spare in her studio in Bantry, Cork, ever since.

Fine Art auctioneers Mealy's will place it under the hammer on July 5, with an estimate of €20,000 to €30,000, at their salerooms in Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny.

The Molly Malone statue -- subsequently christened the 'tart with the cart' -- was installed at the bottom of Grafton Street in December 1988 after being commissioned to celebrate the city's millennium year.

Molly, a fishmonger, is famous from the popular Dublin ballad Cockles and Mussels -- but historians are divided about the truth of the story.

Some scholars insist she was baptised at St Andrew's Church, lived near Fishamble Street where the fish-selling trade was carried on, and wheeled her barrow from the Liberties to the more upmarket Grafton Street.

However, others had said she was the invention of James Yorkston, thought to have been the composer of the Cockles and Mussels song around 1883.

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