'Molly Malone' book goes on display
Published 11/08/2010 | 05:00
AN 18th-Century book containing the earliest known version of 'Molly Malone', and which casts aspersions on the character of iconic heroine, will go on public display today.
The book, 'Apollo's Medley', is almost a century older than the 'alive, alive-oh' anthem and was discovered recently by a bookseller in Wales.
Lyrics found in the antique book suggest that Molly was not the virtuous, tragic girl who sold cockles and muscles in the popular song, but was instead a lady of the night.
"Och! I'll roar and I'll groan, My sweet Molly Malone, Til I'm bone of your bone, and asleep in your bed," reads the song.
Frank Magee, chief executive of Dublin Tourism, will present the book to Robert Nicholson, curator of the Dublin Writers' Museum, at the Molly Malone statue on Grafton Street today.