The ballad of Molly Malone is one of Dublin's most famous and it tells the tale of Sweet Molly Malone "who wheeled her wheelbarrow through streets broad and narrow, crying Cockles and Mussels alive, alive oh." Nowadays the famous song is sung by supporters at Irish rugby and football matches. No one knows whether Molly actually existed or not but for sure there would have been countless more like her selling shellfish throughout Dublin.
Discover one of Dublin's greatest legends, learn some Irish ballads and enjoy a cooking demonstration of a wholesome Seafood Chowder made from Irish Cockles and Mussels served with a traditional Irish Soda Bread.
We'll treat you to a delicious Irish lunch and of course, for those who prefer not to eat shellfish, we have tasty alternatives. All dietary requirements are catered for.
Following lunch, enjoy a good old Irish sing song with our singer leading the way. We sing the ballad of Molly Malone and some other Irish favourites. The experience closes with the short walk (2.5 minutes) along South William Street and Suffolk Street to the statue of Molly Malone for photos.
Just a 2.5 minute walk away from Cooks Academy, the statue of Molly Malone on Suffolk Street is right beside the beautiful St. Andrews Church, (pictured right). The Molly Malone statue is one of the most popular attractions in Dublin and a must see for any visitor. From the statue, Trinity College, The House of Lords and Grafton Street, are all within 1 minute's stroll.
For those unsure of what a cockle is, it is a small edible bivalve mollusc which lives in sandy estuarine areas just below the surface of the sand. Cockles are similar to clams and in days gone by, would have been very prevalent in Dublin Bay with the city's inhabitants going out onto the sands at low tide to gather cockles. There are still cockles in Dublin Bay - you'll need a little rake to unearth them! But be careful, they may not be suitable for eating due, regrettably, to modern day pollution. Most people now enjoy the area for walking and exercising beside the sea.
For further details of the Molly Malone statue including location, click here.
Cooks Academy Cookery School is located right in the centre of Dublin in the city's "Creative Quarter". The school is very close to Trinity College, St. Stephen's Green, City Hall, Leinster House (Ireland's Parliament), The National Museum, Dublin Castle, Christchurch & St. Patrick's Cathedrals and the prime shopping area of Grafton Street. Cooks Academy is Dublin's premier cooking school and is served by all city public transport links.