Anna’s ‘Nenagh’ and Rose’s ‘Clonmel’ doll prams

Anna, in Co Wicklow and Rose, in Limerick, were both the proud owners of beautiful Irish made doll prams. Castle Brand, Nenagh. Irish Aluminium Company. Castle Brand is a tributary reference to Nenagh Castle. The second pram says Clonmel. Our research is ongoing. Do get in touch if you have any information. email: mmcallister@museumofchildhood.ie The… Continue reading Anna’s ‘Nenagh’ and Rose’s ‘Clonmel’ doll prams

Ann Finegan-Hyland’s Toy furniture and house

My oldest sister had this Lines Brothers, Triang dolls house that we all played with in the 1970s. It had two floors and red roof. All of the little pieces of furniture were used in the house. We would also play in our living room with the toy furniture, making other houses for our dolls.… Continue reading Ann Finegan-Hyland’s Toy furniture and house

Angela Finegan’s Upside Down, Cinderella Doll

1st-She serves as a maid to her step-mother and sisters 2nd- She goes to the ball! The upside down Cinderella doll came from our aunt in Winchester, England. A neighbour of hers made the dolls from scraps of material. One year, for each of our birthdays a doll arrived in the post to us in… Continue reading Angela Finegan’s Upside Down, Cinderella Doll

Rea’s Matchbox Dressing Table

My mammy and my older sister made the dressing table for us. It was modelled on our Nana’s dressing table in her bedroom. They used matchstick boxes and leftover wallpaper, along with buttons for handles. Cardboard was cut out in the same shape as the mirror and the mirror piece was glued into place. It… Continue reading Rea’s Matchbox Dressing Table

Maia’s little Rosebud doll, 1950s

Maia grew up in SE London in the 50s. Her parents both hailed from Co Wexford. She was given the beautiful little Rosebud doll by her neighbour and always treasured it. A 7 inch doll, she opens and closes her eyes, has a fully jointed body, soft brown hair, painted shoes, and is dressed in… Continue reading Maia’s little Rosebud doll, 1950s

Berney’s little wooden Dresser and Tea Sets

Berney’s father made the dresser for her in the 1930s when she was a small child. It received new coats of paint in the 1960s and again in 1970s as it came back into use in the family, with Chinese blue Willow china crockery, and other dolls’ tea sets, on its shelves. Berney was born… Continue reading Berney’s little wooden Dresser and Tea Sets

Ger Murphy’s Irish Dancing Costume 1970s

This is the Irish dancing costume that I wore when I was six years old in Ballyfermot, Dublin, over 60 years ago.  I wanted so badly to be an Irish dancer and tormented my poor mother for a dress, as all the other girls in the local Irish Dancing class had one.  My mother could… Continue reading Ger Murphy’s Irish Dancing Costume 1970s

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

Lynsey McCarthy’s Irish Dancing Costume 1990s

Lynsey, dressed for a feis “I began dancing at the age of nine with Sandra O’Dea’s Irish Dancing School based in the Phibsboro / Glasnevin area. The school was part of An Comhdháil. I trained twice and sometimes three times a week, preparing myself for the feiseanna held every weekend. I worked my way up… Continue reading Lynsey McCarthy’s Irish Dancing Costume 1990s