Monday 19 February 2018

Molly Malone settles into her new home

Hoards of tourists gathered for the big reveal

Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

NO adjustment period was required as Molly Malone settled into her new home on Suffolk Street today.

She looked as comfortable as though to the manor born – and within seconds of the tarpaulin being removed, hordes of tourists were snapping her picture as though she’d never left the Dublin streets which had made her so famous.

It was just a pity the new Tourism minister Paschal Donohoe was blocking the view – or at least that was the opinion of an Australian family becoming increasingly frustrated at being thwarted in their photography efforts.

“Who is he?” asked Noel Clipshaw from Sydney.

On being told it was the new Minister of Tourism, he replied: “If he’d move for a photograph it would be a help.”

Since being hoiked out of her usual position at the bottom of Grafton Street in May in order to facilitate the cross-city Luas works, Molly had had a makeover and was looking even more womanly than we had remembered her.

A Luas spokesperson explained that she had been waxed and polished. Whatever the process, it had certainly enhanced her considerable ‘assets.’

 It took about ten minutes for an Italian tour guide to gather around his troops and incorporate her into his spiel. He seemed to have a lot to say and they left looking thoughtful.

And while the additional space and prestige of the statue’s new location is already going down a treat with locals and tourists alike, Molly’s move is only temporary.

She will be moved back to her former position when the Luas works are complete, estimated at around October 2017.

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