|Honor Molloy kissing Nelson at the Dublin City Library and Archive|
How It’s NY: Honor Molloy will launch her book Smarty Girl: Dublin Savage
at the Nyack Public Library from 1 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 25th 2012.
How it’s Irish: She will tell Irish Stories to kick-off the St. Patrick’s Day season.
And one of them involves her father John Molloy, and a well known Dublin artifact!
“Stood at the railings. Don’t go near the railing, Mammy said, cause they hadn’t yet built the fence.”
“I came up to a cage in the sky,” my parents’ best man told me. “Couldn’t see Nelson up above but put your eyes to the fence, you could see to the sea and the wide world beyond.”
My father–John Molloy, a well-known comedian of the era–just happened to be among those leaning on the bar rail that night.
He also claimed that he’d packed Nelson’s head in the boot of a taxi, but that the Corporation wanted the head and took it away from him.
My father was a fabulist, which is a polite way of saying that the truth never stopped him from telling a good story.
Nowadays I’m suspicious about his version of that night, or at least certain parts of it. Nelson’s head, for instance.
The Dublin City Library and Archive had to reinforce the floor to accommodate the weight of Nelson’s pate. How could one lethally skinny actor load the back of a cab with a ton-and-a-half of Portland stone?
I’ll be reading several stories from my book (Smarty Girl – Dublin Savage GemmaMedia / Simon & Schuster Audio 2012)
Nyack Public Library, 59 South Broadway
Nyack, NY 10960 on Saturday February 25th from 1 – 3pm.
Watch “Up Went Nelson” by The Go Lucky Four on Youtube…