Sunday 21 January 2018

Molly Malone wheels her wheelbarrow from Grafton Street for Luas works

The Molly Malone Statue at the bottom of Grafton Street
The Molly Malone Statue at the bottom of Grafton Street
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

MOLLY Malone is wheeling her wheelbarrow from Grafton Street to Suffolk Street.

Dublin City Council has decided to move the iconic statue the short distance to accommodate ongoing works on the new cross city Luas line.

Statues and other significant pieces began to disappear from Dublin's streets from February, as part of the Luas project.

Many of the capital's best-loved art pieces will be hidden away for up to three years, to prevent any damage being done to them during the works.

But special provisions were made for the iconic Molly Malone statue, owing to its popularity as a tourist attraction.

“The decision to move Molly Malone was made a number of years ago during the planning stage,” a spokesperson for the Luas project said.

“The location was decided upon last year by Dublin City Council and she will remain there for the duration of the works - over two years,” she added.

Repair, cleaning and conservationist work will also take place on Molly, which will take the statue off our streets for around six weeks, before she is taken to her new home.

The statue will then be placed outside the Dublin Tourism Information Centre, on Suffolk Street, for the duration of the works.

Among those that were identified for removal were the Lady Grattan Fountain, on St Stephen's Green and the Steine, a sculpture on Hawkins Street.

The Thomas Moore statue on College Street and the Father Mathew statue on O'Connell Street were also earmarked for removal and storage.

Irish Independent

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