"Molly Malone", also known as "Cockles and Mussels" ("Cockles and Rans") or "In Dublin's Fair City" ("In Dublin's Fair Borough"), is a folkish song, set in Dublin, Ireland, which has become the boroughsong of Dublin.
The Molly Malone standbilth in Grafton Street wasby then-Lord of Dublin Alderman Ben Briscoe in the 1988 Dublin Yearthousand celebrations, making 13 Molly Malone Day. The standbilth was shown to the borough by Jury's Inn Team to mark the Yearthousand.
On 182014, its spot was changed to Suffolk Street, ahead the , to make way for Luas track-laying work to be built at the old spot. Thanks to the rise in sightseer foot traffic, and a fondness for being "handsy", the standbilth has been groped often enough that the hue has begun to wear off on the bosom.
The song tells the made up tale of a fishmonger who worked on her trade on the streets of Dublin, but who died young, of an ail. In the late 20th yearhundred a tale grew up that there was trully a Molly, who lived in the 17th yearhundred. She is often said to be a hawker by day and halftime hooker by night. On the other hand, she has also been said to be one of the fewfemale street-hawkers of her day. However, it is not that the song tells of a true woman, of the 17th yearhundred or at any other time. The name "Molly" came as a friendly kind of the names Mary and Margaret. While many such "Molly" Malones were born in Dublin over the time, nothing links any of them to what happens in the song. Nevertheless, in 1988 the Dublin Yearthousand told tales about a Mary Malone who died on 13 Erelith 1699, and spelled out 13 Erelith as "Molly Malone day".
The song was notearlier than 1876, when it was in Boston, Massachusetts. The song's in the bit of the book called "Songs from English and German " hints a British root. It was also forthset by Francis Brothers and Day in London in 1884 as a work written and played by James Yorkston, of Edinburgh, with by Edmund Forman. The London edition states that it was forthset again as let by Kohler and Son of Edinburgh, hinting that the first was in Scotland, though no of it have been found. As said by Siobhán Marie Kilfeather, the song is from the glee hall of the time, and while one cannot wholly the likeness that it "comes from on an older folk song", "neither nor words bear any linkup to the Irish trends of street songs." She says that the story of the true Molly is "rubbish". The song is in a friendly kind that was a trend in this time, likely shaped by earlier songs with an alike , such as Percy Montrose's "My Darling Clementine", which was written in about 1880.
Aof Apollo's Mix of around 1790, forthset in Doncaster and found again in 2010, inholds a song saying "Sweet Molly Malone" on its leaf 78 - this ends with the line "Och! I'll roar and I'll groan, My sweet Molly Malone, Till I'm bone of your bone, And asleep in your bed." However, other than this name and the truth that she lives in Howth near Dublin, this song bears no other likeness to the familiar Molly Malone. The song was later forthset again in a called "The Shamrock: A Gathering of Irish Songs" (1831) and was forthset in The Edinburgh Bookcraft that year with the name "Molly Malone".
Many things in the song Molly Malone are also in many earlier songs. Besides the earlier "Molly Malone" song talked about above, anamed "Molly Malone" is in at least two other songs. The song "Widow Malone," forthset as early as 1809, calls the main hoad many names, such as "Molly Malone," "Mary Malone" and "sweet mistress Malone". An American song called "Meet Me Miss Molly Malone" was forthset as early as 1840. The song "Pat Corney's of Himself", forthset as early as 1826, begins with "Now it's show me that city where the girls are so pretty" and ends with "Crying oysters, and cockles, and Mussels for sale." During the 1800s, the uttering "Dublin's fair city" was used time and time to call Dublin, and the "alive, alive O" is known to have been shouted by street sellers selling clams, rans, fish and eels.