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If Molly Malone Could Talk - What Would She Say?

What would Molly Malone’s statue say if given the gift of speech as she surveys Dublin with her cart of ‘cockles and mussels’ from her ‘pitch’ at Suffolk Street? Would she sing or would she shout? The answer is up to the public as Fáilte Ireland announce a competition to put words into the mouths of the Molly Malone and the Apples & Atoms, School of Physics (in Trinity College) statues.

This is the latest development of the Dublin’s Talking Statues project which is an initiative of Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Sing London with the assistance of Dublin City Council, OPW, Trinity College, The National Gallery, The GPO and The Abbey Theatre. Find out more about the project at www.talkingstatuesdublin.ie.

Entries from the public for the competition are welcome before the 31st March and can be sent to competitions@talkingstatuesdublin.ie.

As part of the competition, the Abbey Theatre is also holding a free writing workshop on Monday, 26th February next to help budding scriptwriters to put their thoughts to paper. Limited places are available by emailing phil.kingston@abbeytheatre.ie and marking the subject line, statues workshop.

Speaking about the competition, Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Dublin, Keelin Fagan explained:

“Fáilte Ireland is delighted to announce the addition of two new statues to its ‘Talking Statues’ initiative which has proved very popular with Dubliners and visitors alike. The accompanying competition is a wonderful way to allow the public to decide what the two statues would say from their vantage points in Suffolk Street and Trinity College and have their script recorded by actors from the Abbey Theatre shared with thousands of visitors to the capital.”

Budding writers are being asked to write a short monologue of up to 300 words which will be recorded by the Abbey Theatre. Further information and competition guidelines are available at www.talkingstatuesdublin.ie.

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