1699 – Molly Malone reputedly dies of the fever.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

The famous song, “Sweet Molly Malone” is a tribute to the memory of a real person who was a fishwife selling cockles and mussels in the streets of Dublin. In popular Dublin parlance, she’s referred to as “The Tart with the Cart and “The Dish with the Fish”.

Molly had wheeled her wheel barrow from the Liberties to the more fashionable Grafton Street, crying ‘Cockles and Mussels’ as she went. At nights another and less admirable Molly appeared, as her chemise, basque and zapotas were replaced by an even more revealing dress, fish-net tights and stilettos. Thus provocatively attired, she sallied forth looking for clients, who tended to include students of Trinity College, a place renowned for its debauchery. Yet, we reflect, in all probability Molly was more sinned against than sinning.

During Dublin’s Millennium in 1988, which was held to celebrate the discovery by historical experts that the city…

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