Joan Fowler

  • Kindness and Wit

    IT WOULD MAKE SENSE that John Kindness has been working on a statue of Molly Malone, who, according to popular song, once sold cockles and mussels alive alive-o in the Dublin streets. Malone is something between a historical figure and fiction. The facts about her are few, and of little significance in themselves, for she is central to the construction of a certain Dublin character type—a working-class heroine who survives poverty to become her community’s pillar of strength. Though the real Molly may, in fact, have traded more potent goods than the shellfish recorded in the song, she has