"Like Molly Malone in the old ballad"
Statue of Molly Malone on Grafton Street, Dublin
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Molly Malone is the title of a popular song which tells the story of a young woman who sells cockles and mussels on the streets of Dublin.

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The music and lyrics were composed by James Yorkston of Edinburgh and were published for the first time in 1883.

Although it has been suggested from time to time that Molly Malone was a real person, there does not appear to be any evidence for this theory. However, she is represented in statue form on Grafton Street, Dublin.

 

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