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    What prostitute characters have their been in Irish literature?

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    Lola Montez is about the only famous non fictional one I can think of. If you want to get controversial, Mary Magdalene
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    Well you're really in luck here because this lady is revered in Dublin by the fans of the Dublin GAA teams and those of Leinster Rugby also and there's a nice statue to her at the bottom of Grafton Street and rumour has it that it was'nt only fish that she sold:

    Irish Historical Mysteries: Molly Malone

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    Lola Montez, as mentioned by Lucy, was more along the lines of a courtesan or mistress:

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlos marvado View Post
    Lola Montez, as mentioned by Lucy, was more along the lines of a courtesan or mistress:

    Lola Montez - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    So, can I be a courtesan please? Posh prozzies are so now
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    Quote Originally Posted by lucy chambers View Post
    So, can I be a courtesan please? Posh prozzies are so now
    Of course you can Lucy. You find yourself a fabulously wealthy admirer, he sets you up in a penthouse pad, gives you a stipend per month to enjoy life on, showers you with prezzies, expensive meals and takes you on exotic holidays.........and after a while you'll probably forget all your old friends here.

    An important thing is to keep an diary as you will probably have to remind him when it's his wife's or children's birthdays.

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    A courtesan was different from your average street walker. She usually was a lady of some noble birth or the other, who due to some situation had fallen on hard times, but still having social connections was able to bater that for a sort of living which would but not necessarily included sexual encounters. It was a special place between being a wife and a mistress(not the domination kind). With the freedom not customarily enjoyed by either. Usually these women were quite well educated, witty, and shrewd business women.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOBL View Post
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    What prostitute characters have their been in Irish literature?

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    Can't remember the name but there was a prostitute in Sean O'Caseys "The Plough and the Stars".....little bit o culture for youse!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BACMAN36 View Post
    Can't remember the name but there was a prostitute in Sean O'Caseys "The Plough and the Stars".....little bit o culture for youse!
    Her name was Rosie Redmond, and O'Casey gave her a very sympathetic treatment; she got to make a speech defending her profession and giving out to the hypocrites that criticised her.

    There is a large section of James Joyce's Ulysses set in a brothel in "Monto".

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