The song Molly Malone is not just the 'anthem' of Dublin and the city's sports supporters. It has become famous throughout the world.
It tells of a Dublin long gone, when street vendors plied their trade from a barrow having collected their produce from the early morning markets.
In Molly's case (had she lived) she would have selected her cockles and mussels from the bounty landed at the city's quayside each morning, placed them in baskets on her barrow, and set off on her rounds.
She would probably have followed specific routes on certain days, and her customers would have listened out for the calls that announced her arrival in their locality.
There is no evidence to suggest that Molly was a real person. Countless people, including academics and genealogists, have tried to find proof of her existence. None has been found.
Her bronze statue was created by sculptor Jeanne Rynhart of Glengarrif, Co Cork, whose work includes the equally famous statue on Cobh quayside depicting Annie Moore and her two brothers setting sail for America.
Having been located at
the busy junction of Nassau Street, Suffolk Street and the
pedestrianised shopping mecca of Grafton Street since 1988, Molly found
herself in the way of a planned cross-river tram (luas) route. In April 2014, she had to pack up her barrow.
The opportunity was taken to give her some tender loving care from specialist bronze restorers. Suitably refreshed, she wheeled her wares into a new temporary spot on Friday 18 July 2014.
You'll find her outside the city's Tourist Office
in St Andrew's Church, Suffolk Street, about 150 yards away from her old
home. The photo above was taken there.
She's still there after more than five years, even though the plan was for her to become a permanent resident of Grafton Street in 2019.
Maybe she'll stay put for a while longer. Given the proximity to the Tourist Office, and the fact many guided tours of the capital start and end beside her cart, it would make sense to make this her permanent home. Time will tell.
In the meantime she remains a very popular landmark of Dublin, much photographed and, er, cuddled.