Books

  • Rebecca’s Bus Ticket
    Rebecca Cassidy, known as Rea My name is Rebecca. I was born in 1936. I lived in a small village in Co.Kildare, about 10 miles from Dublin city. There was a bus to Dublin every hour, with a few more in the mornings and evenings for people who worked in the city. I was the youngest of eight children and my oldest sister was… Continue reading Rebecca’s Bus Ticket
  • Wind Fairies Again
    Book by Elizabeth Brennan* Illustrations, Naomi Heather** Published by Metropolitan Publishing Co Ltd, Dublin (32 Batchelor’s Walk) Dublin, and London. Printed by Hely’s Dublin. Hardback copy. There are 4 colour illustrations, and 38 line drawings in Wind Fairies Again See also : To Hilary from Daddy 22 July 1949 Hilary Tattan’s Book *Elizabeth Brennan (1907-1995) was born in Clonmel, Co., Tipperary in 1907, and… Continue reading Wind Fairies Again
  • Berní Ní Conghalaigh, Cleimintín
    Cleimintīn ( Clementina ) by A. E. W. Mason Published 1934 Publisher: Oifig Díolta Foillseachain Rialtais Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, d’aistrigh The book was a prize awarded to Berní Ní Conghalaigh ( Bernie Connolly) at Laurel Hill Day School, Limerick, in 1946. Berní added her own illustrations on the inside front and inside back cover too! Clementina by A. E. W. Mason: https://librivox.org/clementina-by-a-e-w-mason You can… Continue reading Berní Ní Conghalaigh, Cleimintín
  • Kevin’s Folens Books
    Kevin Finegan, Palmerstown, Co Dublin, 1980s. A collection of books published by Folens that Kevin read and enjoyed in Primary school. Spraoi, Súgradh, and Sonas. About Folens Educational Publishing company: https://www.folens.ie/our-history
  • Rita Whelan’s photo albums
    Ann Hogan- Captain Hogan Joseph Hogan married Margaret Daly on the 20th of April 1920. Their firstborn child Anne was born at 16 Heytesbury Place on 18th March 1921. She attended Loreto on the Green until second year in Secondary School. Anne wasn’t a paying student so she and some other girls were taught by the nuns in a corridor.  The nuns later found… Continue reading Rita Whelan’s photo albums
  • The Happy Prince & Other Tales
    by Oscar Wilde Published, 1916-1924 by the Little Leather Library Corporation, New York. Embossed leather covered Children’s story book. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Leather_Library_Corporation From the McAllister Collection, The Museum of Childhood Ireland Músaem Óige na hÉireann 2023
  • Finn Varra Maa (The Irish Santa Claus)
    Finn Varra Maa (The Irish Santa Claus) An Irish Fairy Pantomime In Four Acts. Original 1917 Edition TH Nally Cover Illustration Micheal Macliammoir Published by The Talbot Press, 1917 Description: Ireland: The Talbot Press, 1917. Book. Illustration by Micheal Macliammoir. Hardcover. First Irish Edition. 1917 First Irish Talbot Press Edition with a wonderful full page black and white fairy Illustration of Finn Varra Maa… Continue reading Finn Varra Maa (The Irish Santa Claus)
  • The Shirley Lewis Scrapbook 1917
    The Shirley Lewis Scrapbook was brought to our attention by the National Library of Ireland, and subsequently donated to the Museum of Childhood Ireland Collection by Brenda Alexander. The scrapbook offers a child’s perspective on Irish history. Shirley, born in 1908 was a young Dublin boy aged 9 years old, when he was gifted on March 24th, 1917, a blank book to use as… Continue reading The Shirley Lewis Scrapbook 1917
  • Susan Doyle’s Scrapbooks
    Susan Doyle from Mt Merrion, Blackrock, Co Dublin, grew up in the 60s. “On rainy days mother would give us old cards to cut up and use in scrapbooks.” And what a discovery! As well as saving cards, and notes, Susan also documented the USA’s Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969. Newspaper clippings from the Irish Press feature mission pilots Buzz Aldrin,… Continue reading Susan Doyle’s Scrapbooks
  • Linda (Betty) Egan
    Betty (Linda) Eagan, Blackrock and Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Ireland. Deaf from birth, Betty used sign language to communicate. Exhibited at Bank of Ireland, Dún Laoghaire September/October 2020. Bank opening hours 10am-5pm, Monday to Saturday. Linda Egan, known to everyone as Betty, of 8 Summerhill Rd., Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Ireland. https://www.google.com/search?q=8+summerhill+rd+dun+laoghaire&rlz=1CDGOYI_enIE884IE884&oq=&aqs=chrome.1.69i176j35i39i362l5…5.63258j0j7&hl=en-GB&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8# Born 28th September 1911. ( Home birth) Brentford, Middlesex Died 14th June… Continue reading Linda (Betty) Egan
  • Dr Damien O’Muirí’s Enid Blyton books
    The Dr Damien O’ Muirí Collection of Enid Blyton books. Dr Damien Murray (Later Damien O Muirí ). Damien was born in Walkinstown, in a new housing estate built for civil servants.  His father was a shoemaker, with a shop on Essex Street ( now Temple Bar) and his mother a civil servant, who had to give up her job on marriage. He was… Continue reading Dr Damien O’Muirí’s Enid Blyton books
  • Bog Child
    Book by Siobhain Dowd The copy of Bog Child by Siobhain Dowd in the museum’s collection is a hardback first edition, published by David Fickling Books, on the 2nd of June 2008. It is in good condition with a very good condition Jacket. 19 to 25 cm tall, Octavo, (8vo).  Siobhan Dowd’s novels include: A Swift Pure Cry, (for which she was named a… Continue reading Bog Child
  • King Longbeard
    Pauline Devine Book first published in 1977 by the O’Brien Press Ltd, 11 Clare Street, Dublin 2. King Longbeard was televised by RTE before being published as a book. Pauline Devine, was born in Loughrea, County Galway, and studied at University College, Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, and at Sydney University. Pauline has been a Writer-in-residence in Ireland, Wales and the USA, and has worked… Continue reading King Longbeard
  • The Turfcutter’s Donkey & Ryans Fort
    Books by Patricia Lynch. Patricia Lynch, children’s writer and journalist, was born in Cork c. 1884. She is best known for ‘The Turf-Cutter’s Donkey, first published in 1934, and illustrated by Jack Butler Yeats. Her semi-autobiographical A Story-Teller’s Childhood was published in 1974. She died at Monkstown, Co Dublin in 1972. Ryan’s Fort, 1961, illustrated by Elizabeth Grant. Lynch’s Work: Collections Autobiography Books from… Continue reading The Turfcutter’s Donkey & Ryans Fort
  • Cornelius in Charge
    Book, by Mary Flynn. Cornelius the rabbit lives in Tang, located near Ballymahon, Co Longford, where author Mary Flynn was born. Hardback. Published by The Talbot Press Limited, 89 Talbot Street, Dublin in 1946 Illustrated by artist Eileen Coughlan (1909 – 1990) from Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath. Eileen studied at the Metropolitan School of Art. Her work is sometimes signed EC. Who was Susan Doyle?… Continue reading Cornelius in Charge
  • A Child’s History of Ireland
    Book by Patrick Weston Joyce Copy 1. Patrick Weston Joyce (1827-1914) was one of Ireland’s foremost cultural historians, and the author of a Child’s History of Ireland. 1890s. Written especially for children, it covers Irish history up until the mid-nineteen century. It has been carefully preserved and handed down in the McAllister family for generations. Patrick’s daughter Elizabeth married Edward John Clifford ( son… Continue reading A Child’s History of Ireland
  • The Book of Saint Ultan
    ‘The Book of Saint Ultan’, is a collection of pictures and poems by Irish artists and writers. One of the first books printed by Colm O’Lochlainn, The Candle Press, Dublin, 1920. Katherine MacCormack (Editor) Eight tipped-in plates, with several pen and ink drawings by Jack B. Yeats, A.E., Grace Henry, Paul Henry, E.F. Solomons, Mary Duncan, Cecil Salkeld and Patrick Tuohy and contributions by Douglas… Continue reading The Book of Saint Ultan
  • The Wind Fairies
    Book by Elizabeth Brennan A charming, whimsical story about the alignment of the North, South and West Winds in the face of the evil East Winds. Featuring poems and stories about fairies and leprechauns, delightfully illustrated by Irish artist Naomi Heather. It comprises eight colour illustrations, and fifty two line drawings.  Hardback copy, Metropolitan Publishing Ltd, Dublin and London and Printed by Hely’s Ltd,… Continue reading The Wind Fairies