Monday 5 December 2016

Poor Molly Malone... Dublin's fair maiden gets the graffiti treatment yet again

Published 21/04/2016 | 19:06

Molly Malone's cleavage is no stranger to controversy, having once knocked heads with Facebook over being "too sexy".

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And, unfortunately, the latest 'tagging' is not the first time Dublin's fair maiden has been subject to vandalism either.

Ms Malone underwent a whole body makeover last summer when the statue was moved from the bottom of Grafton St in May.

Four days after her steam-clean and welding job, the poor fishmonger suffered a spray paint attack in her new home on Suffolk Street.

Read more: Molly Malone statute vandalised only days after it was cleaned and moved

Today's scrawl perhaps means a great deal to the 'artist' who decided to 'tag' the vulnerable Ms Malone's chest.

But it's doubtful whether the iconic statue - already reeling from the move to facilitate the cross-city Luas works - feels the same way.

Last August, Facebook apologised for deeming Ms Malone 'too sexy' to publish as it featured on the front cover of a Dublin author's book.

After initial confusion in which the social media platform thought the advert was for a dating site, Frank Whelan explained the advertisement was for a novel.

Ms Malone is set to return home when the Luas works are complete – estimated at around October 2017.

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