Musicians’ energetic songs and street artists’ unique shows will accompany tourists and locals all along Grafton Street while they visit the pedestrian street’s numerous stores and shopping centers.
The world-renowned Molly Malone bronze statue used to be located on Grafton Street. The sculpture of a woman with a cart was inspired by a popular Irish song "Cockles and Mussels", composed in 1880 by James Yorkston. In time, it has become the city’s anthem. The song tells the story of a beautiful woman called Molly Malone, a fishmonger by day and a courtesan by night.
The statue was moved to Suffolk Street, just in front of the Tourist Information Center, to make room for Dublin’s light rail system on Grafton Street. Its relocation back to Grafton Street is programmed for the end of 2017.
Entertaining and bustling
Grafton Street offers a young and lively atmosphere. In our opinion, it’s the perfect place to head to in the evening to purchase a few souvenirs, check out the various stores, or simply have a delicious cup of coffee at Bewleys’s Oriental Café, a coffee shop opened in 1927.