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Erected to commemorate Dublin's own millennium, a statue of Molly Malone pensively stares at passers-by on the southern end of Grafton Street. Ever ready for a comic put-down, Dubliners immediately christened the well-endowed Molly "the tart with the cart". Molly Malone - in case you didn't know - was a fictional fishmonger who sold cockles and mussels and was immortalised in a popular Dublin song.
Giorgio Armani is one of the most acclaimed brands when it comes to haute couture fashion clothing, accessories and cosmetics. And when each of these elements complement a complete personality, can any one not have a second glance. The niche lifestyle store, Brown Thomas, houses Giorgio Armani's extensive cosmetics collection. The foundations, lipsticks, eye liners, nail-paints and a whole lot of other color cosmetics provide an instant make-over to your face. The person at the counter would of course assist you choose the right product and shade for your skin to get that brilliant glow.
It may not be the cheapest record store in town, but it is the most centrally located. You can't miss the HMV on Grafton Street, both for size and noise. The Dublin location of the well-known chain is three storeys high and filled with just about every type of music, video or merchandise you may want. It's also the best place for buying advance tickets for forthcoming events in the city.
The famous Avoca Handweavers has now opened a branch in Dublin city center. The emphasis remains upon fine quality clothes, rugs and weaving; both men and women are catered for. The famous Avoca woolen scarves and beautiful rugs are a good buy here and the store also features a comfortable cafe. In an age of generic shops and ubiquitous labels, Avoca offers a touch of the local and distinctive and is therefore well worth a visit.
Located along the Dawson Street, the Mansion House or the Teach an Ard-Mhéara is an important landmark of the city. Dating back to 1715, this house continues to serve as the residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin. It was in this 18th – century house where the Irish Declaration of Independence was proclaimed. Notable visitors to this house include Pope John Paul II and Queen Victoria. At present, the Mansion House features two classy venues, namely Round Room and Fire Restaurant; each of these plays host to weddings, fund-raising events, charity balls and similar functions. For more details call ahead or simply check the website.