Tributes flow as street trading legend "Queen of the Hill" Tessie Carroll dies

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Tributes have been paid after Dublin street trading legend “Queen of the Hill” Tessie Carroll sadly died.

Fondly known as a local inner city celebrity, she was recognisable to many Dubs over the years having spent six decades trading at the Cumberland Street market, known as “The Hill”, before retiring in August 2019.

She was so loved by many across Dublin that a special retirement party was held in her honour in the Mansion House with a unique performance by her favourite singer Red Hurley.

In a lovely tribute today, councillor Christy Burke remembered Tessie, who was 88-years-old, as an “inspiration” to everyone she met.

He said: “Tessie my condolences goes out to your family, street traders on the hill, friends and of course your fans at this very sad time.

“Tessie you were an inspiration to everyone, I’ll never forget the interview with myself and Terry Fagan on the tenement days which received over half a million hits on Facebook what an achievement. You brought Dublin back many years you touched people all over the world not just Ireland.

"Queen of the Hill" Tessie Carroll
“Queen of the Hill” Tessie Carroll

“The support you gave team Burke during elections was unbelievable and that I’ll never forget you for.

“Tessie we all loved you and from the people from the north inner city and beyond we salute you.”

Tessie got a brilliant surprise by family and friends in The Mansion House (Image: Christy Burke)

Others called her a “true blue” and paid tribute to her many stories that included her time growing up in the tenements of Dublin city.

One said: “Tessie was a lady she was a great character someone who put a smile on your face every time you would meet her.”

While another added: “I had the fortune of growing up around were Tessie lived, Hill St Flats, we lived in the flats attached to Hill St. She’d always look out for everyone especially the kids (us) playing around in the yard. She is one lady that will be missed by many. There will never be a Tessie again. She is a True Legend of Dublin. May God comfort her family who I’m sure are broken hearted. May she rest in peace. Knowing Tessie, she’s looking at us now and saying don’t be worrying lads I’m good and happy.”

Source: Dublin News