Cabra Woman Wins Molly Malone Competition 1985

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Dublin Corporation announces the first winner of a competition for street traders.

Street trading has been part of Dublin’s Moore Street for as long as anyone can remember.

Maura Kelly had been selling fruit and vegetables on Moore Street in Dublin for 35 years. Dublin Corporation had launched the Molly Malone competition earlier that summer to encourage licensed street traders to improve the appearance of their stalls and involve them in a campaign to prevent litter. There were prizes of £100, £50 and £30 for the top three stalls.

Kelly tells Michelle McCaughren how delighted she is to come first. She won with her original stall, newly-painted with a fresh cover. But business is nothing like it used to be.

An RTÉ News report from 8 August 1985.