Dublin’s new free Wi-Fi hotspots, provided by Dublin City Council and powered by Gowex, began rolling out yesterday. Making the most of this newly connected Dublin City is the famous Molly Malone statue, who has signed up to Twitter thanks to the Dublin Free WiFi network.
In total, 12 Wi-Fi hotspots were launched by Dublin’s Lord Mayor Mr Naoise Ó Muirí yesterday, the first phase of which, located from Wood Quay to St Patrick’s Park and Barnardos Square, began rolling out that day with the rest to follow during February.
To mark the hotspots, Dublin City Council enlisted pixel artist Craig Robinson, who made a name for himself with really tiny drawings of celebrities called Minipops.
In his distinct style, Robinson created 14 iconic Dublin characters that will appear on mosaics to denote the Dublin Free WiFi hotspots around the city. The network’s website provides a map of the Wi-Fi locations, as well as more information on the characters, which include Dracula, Trad Busker, Oscar Wilde, Street Cleaner, Viking, Phil Lynott, GAA Man, Pyjama Girl and, of course, Tourist.
Molly Malone has also been pixelated by Robinson and, taking his image as her profile picture, yesterday began sending updates from her Twitter account, @the_mollymalone; her first being, “Cockles, anyone?”
Molly’s bio claims she is “officially Ireland’s first tweeting statue”; however, the clever clogs behind the account neglected to acknowledge an already-existing Twitter account for the buxom statue, @MollyStatue, and a Molly-off ensued.
Either way, both accounts are providing Twitter users with plenty of entertainment today. Here’s a selection of some of @the_mollymalone’s finest moments so far.