Avril O’Reilly’s Barbies

Avril O’Reilly. “I grew up in County Cork. I had Sindy dolls and Anna and Happytime dolls, with horses. In secondary school I kept my dolls secret as many people did. The Barbie movie brought many collectors out of the closet!  Many collectors collect the doll that they did not have as children. As a… Continue reading Avril O’Reilly’s Barbies

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Mary Kenny’s Irish dancing costume 1989

A photo of Mary Kenny Feis ready, outside the Mansion House, Dublin. 1989 Mary wore this embroidered orange velvet Irish dancing costume in 1989, when she was nine years old and dancing with the Hogan School of Dance, Glasnevin, Dublin. McAllister Collection. Donated to the Museum of Childhood Ireland December 2023

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World Children’s Day 2023

1. Children’s rights are the fundamental entitlements and protections afforded to young individuals, emphasising their well-being, development, and dignity. Rooted in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), these rights encompass areas such as education, health, protection from exploitation, and the right to be heard. The CRC ensures that children are… Continue reading World Children’s Day 2023

Rose Doyle’s toys & clothing

Family Rose’s family lived on the Ennis Road in Limerick City from 1957 to 2023, in the same semi-detached house with gardens back and front. Rose was born in 1959 and she was a bit older than the next two siblings and more than a decade older than the youngest. She was careful with her… Continue reading Rose Doyle’s toys & clothing

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Triang pushchair

Triang toy pushchair manufactured in Belfast and played with by Máire-Ann Doyle, Mt Merrion, Dublin in the 1960s. Even with years of play the original label is still attached.  Lines Brothers, PedigreeWorks, Castlereagh  Watch beautiful Triang footage here, directed by Gael Linn 1963: Toys, Buy Now for Christmas – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 201 Find more… Continue reading Triang pushchair

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Carole Cullen & Muffin the Mule

“Muffin the Mule is a marionette beloved in my childhood. I grew up in rural North Cornwall in a old house which creaked with age and charm. My family consisted of my father who worked in adult education, my mother who taught elocution and piano, my granny who cooked and loved us, and my sister… Continue reading Carole Cullen & Muffin the Mule

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About this Section

Here you will find a selection of free content especially for children, with recreational, educational, historical and cultural resources for parents/guardians/ teachers to copy, download or use as inspiration! The Children’s page is a work in progress, so please bear with us as our team load content/resources suitable for pre-school age/primary and secondary school age… Continue reading About this Section

Primary School Outreach

History of Toys. The Museum of Childhood Ireland worked with Dublin Primary school students on a curriculum history strand: Learning from the past, through a programme of exploration of toys that children played with from the 1900s to the 1980s. Teacher overview: