Nuala agus Eoin 2

Published by Ó’ Fallúin Arna fhoilsiú ag C.S O Fallúin, Tta., 43 Sráid Gheata na Páirce. Arna chlóbhualádh ag Clóchuallacht Guy & Co. Ltd., Corcaigh. From the Rose Doyle Collection donated to Museum of Childhood Ireland 2024

Out Goes She

By Leslie Daiken Published by the Dolmen Press, Dublin 1963 From the streets of Dublin, Leslie H Daiken’s collection of children’s street-songs, war-cries and samples of oral literature. From the McAllister Collection. Donated to the Museum of Childhood Ireland 2023 About Leslie Daiken: Leslie Herbert Daiken Born in Dublin on June 29th 1912 – died… Continue reading Out Goes She

John and Michael’s Toy Garage

“Our father, who was from Co. Cork, met our mother while working in the City of Lincoln Hospital in England in the mid 1950s, and by the early 1960s they had settled in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, where my father was the County Hospital surgeon.  By that stage they had two small boys, myself Michael and… Continue reading John and Michael’s Toy Garage

Cuala Press Print

Beatrice Moss Campbell (Lady Beatrice Glenavy RHA ) 1881-1970.* Hand coloured Cuala Press Print in original frame, to illustrate the poem ‘Prayer for a Little Child’ by Winifred M Letts 1882-1972.** West of Ireland scene, with child, mother, fisherman, animals and fairy. Prayer for a Little Child  “God keep my jewel this day from danger;From and… Continue reading Cuala Press Print

Doll House Vacuum Cleaner

A little Japanese made 1950s tin plate and wire ‘electric’ doll house vacuum cleaner, donated to the Museum of Childhood Ireland in 2018. Research is ongoing. As children in Dublin in the 60s, we called our carpet vacuum sweeper by the manufacturing company’s name, the Electrolux, and others called theirs the Hoover, in much the… Continue reading Doll House Vacuum Cleaner

Model Mangle Toy

A vintage toy model mangle*, made from pressed metal and wood. It is a Butler Series toy, made in England, and in working condition. ‘It’s like Mother’s’ *Mangles, also known as wringers, were a domestic item used in the home in laundry work, to squeeze or wring water out of washed clothes before drying. The… Continue reading Model Mangle Toy

Richard Collier’s Toy Collection

Toy Collecting Growing up, watching TV was a big part of my childhood. Naturally, when Christmas and birthdays came around, I would ask for the toys associated with those cartoons and movies. Many hours were spent browsing toys in Banba Toymaster Dun Laoghaire, hoping that I could get the toys I wanted and those that… Continue reading Richard Collier’s Toy Collection

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)… 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!… Continue reading Berní Ní Conghalaigh, Cleimintín