Dublin4you Newsletter - Issue #9

JUNE 2020

Covid update

Ireland is opening up and so far there are no signs of a second wave of Covid-19. Yesterday we recorded another day with no new deaths.

Covid tally now stands at:

25,321 cases

1,706 deaths

We are still in Phase 2 of reopening and we are asked to stay local - either within the county, or within 20 kilometres of home.

Programme for Government has been agreed

Covid-19 crisis caused a delay in the formation of a new Government following an election that took place earlier this year.

Three Irish parties: Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party have now reached a government agreement. The deal has to be approved by the members of the respective parties. If approved, it will mean a historic coalition as Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have traditionally been on opposing sides.

According to the worked out agreement, Micheál Martin will replace Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach until December 2022. The role of the Taoiseach will rotate and Leo Varadkar will return to the role afterwards.

The full text of the Programme is available here:


It's #DublinFacts

Check out our new Instagram series called #DublinFacts where we publish pictures and stories behind famous Dublin landmarks such as this about the Molly Malone statue:

Molly Malone statue appears on about 10 million tourist photos from Dublin (modest estimate), but who is Molly Malone?

Molly Malone is a fictional character in a popular folk song known simply as "Molly Malone". It is sometimes referred to as "Cockles and Mussels" or "In Dublin's Fair City". If you spent any amount of time in Dublin (other than the Covid lockdown), you probably have heard these lyrics in a pub or in a souvenir shop:
"In Dublin's fair city,
Where the girls are so pretty,
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone,
As she wheeled her wheel-barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!"
The statue was unveiled in 1988. It was originally located on Grafton Street but back in 2014 it was temporarily relocated to Suffolk Street to facilitate Luas extension works. It remains on Suffolk Street to this day.

Go to our Instagram page now to check out facts about Trinity College Dublin, The Rotunda Hospital, The O'Rahilly Memorial, and other interesting spots.