Dublin is well ornamented with statues of famous and fictional figures.

O’Connell Street alone is home to Parnell, Larkin and O’Connell, to name a few. When it comes to statues of women, however, the collection pales in comparison to the males.

Molly Malone is one of these few, and she is a fictional character at that. 

The statue was recently vandalised, black paint was thrown upon her breasts. My photo shows a cleaner using spirits to clean the bronze so that the tourists may gape and grope once more.

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