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

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

Mary Kenny’s Irish Dancing Costume 1980s

A photo of Mary Kenny Feis ready, outside the Mansion House, Dublin. 1980s Mary wore this embroidered orange velvet Irish dancing costume in the 1980s, when she was nine years old and dancing with the Hogan School of Dance, Glasnevin, Dublin. And a record from our collection: Buntus Rince, Gael-Linn. Na Ceoltóiri, May Keogh and… Continue reading Mary Kenny’s Irish Dancing Costume 1980s

Izzy Jones-McAuley Collection

Handmade doll clothing and two dolls.  “I have ended up in the possession of some antique dolls, with handmade outfits from the 1900s.  The dolls and handmade doll clothing, have been passed down to me from my aunt Eveleen, who received them from a friend of her aunt Ita, called Miss A. Prentis, (not sure… Continue reading Izzy Jones-McAuley Collection

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The Charlotte Raftery Collection.

The Charlotte Raftery Collection, donated to the Museum of Childhood, Ireland, in March 2020, comprises items of children’s clothing, doll house furniture, miniatures, and childhood ephemera. Research on Charlotte and on her collection is ongoing, with public displays of items from the collection throughout 2022 planned. For a history of childhood clothing in Ireland please… Continue reading The Charlotte Raftery Collection.

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Sewing & Knitting Patterns

The Simplicity Pattern Company were manufacturers of sewing pattern guides, under the “Simplicity Pattern”, “It’s So Easy” and “New Look” brands. The company was founded in New York in 1927 during the Great Depression. Simplicity allowed home seamstresses to create fashionable clothing in a reliable manner and at low cost. The patterns were manufactured in… Continue reading Sewing & Knitting Patterns

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