Snapshots of our Childhood

Bairbre Ní Fhloinn, 1950s Clontarf, Dublin Once, when I was very small, my mother bought me a child’s scissors. It was in the shape of a bird with a beak that opened and shut as the blades were opened and closed. Obviously, it was designed to ensure that no serious damage could be done with… Continue reading Snapshots of our Childhood

Childhood Meals Around the World: The Good and the Bad

By Allycia Susanti, Museum of Childhood Ireland Although different countries around the world enjoy different flavours, the concept of comfort meals transcends cultures, and so does the concept of unfavoured ones. Although children are known to prefer simple comforting foods, there are many different definitions of ‘simple’ and ‘comforting’ depending on each child or person’s… Continue reading Childhood Meals Around the World: The Good and the Bad

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Paul Johnston

I grew up in a small market town in the Scottish Borders. If you drew a line from Edinburgh to Newcastle roughly half way along you’d find Galashiels, which means, in old Scots, “dwellings by the river Gala.” It sits at the confluence of the Tweed and Gala rivers, not far from Sir Walter Scott’s… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Paul Johnston

When We Were Kings And Queens of the Road

When we Were Kings and Queens of the Road A “Travel to School” project, Robert Burns and the Museum of Childhood Ireland Músaem Óige na hÉireann Please click ‘Engagement Posts’ below to find all the stories to date or scroll down and find the stories beneath the images. Happy reading: Original artwork by Leanne McDonagh… Continue reading When We Were Kings And Queens of the Road

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Aaron Sunderland Carey

Ag dul ar Scoil I went to primary school in Gaelscoil Bhaile Munna in the 2000s. At the time the school was made of prefabs, big green cardboard box looking classrooms. The school was in Coultry, and we lived over at Sillogue, so my Ma used to drop me to school in her car most… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Aaron Sunderland Carey

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Fion Gunn

Photo credit: Glyn Jones

Going to school in 1960s Cork When I googled the journey from my childhood home at 3, Cornmarket St. to St Aloysius Primary School (St Als) which I attended, the solutions were a 12 and 15 minutes journey. Really! This was not the case when I was a child. Walking on my own using alleyways… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Fion Gunn

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Mary M. Trant

Journey to and from School – County Kerry, Ireland, 1950 After finishing some farm chores each morning, I began the journey to school with my big brother at my side, and at seven he was one year older than me. We went to school on foot and our Mum always stood between the two white… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Mary M. Trant

Community & Diaspora Engagement

Photo by Nils Nedel

Hello! Welcome to the Community Engagement programme at the Museum of Childhood Ireland, we’re thrilled you stopped by. Here you will find stories, memories and interviews shared by our friends and followers about all things childhood, and growing up in Ireland and amongst the diaspora.  We at the Museum feel that the community should be… Continue reading Community & Diaspora Engagement

Nuair a Bhíomar inár Ríthe agus Banríona ar an mBóthar: Aoife Ní Chorráin

In this recent photo, my blonde haired friend is Rhiannon, I’m the one in the middle, with Níamh on my right.

Ag éirí gach maidin le breacadh an lae chun an bus a fháil – ní raibh sé éasca! Is as an Lorgain mise ach d’fhreastail mé ar Ghaelscoil i gCathair Ard Mhacha agus ciallaíonn sin gur fhág a bus ag 7:30a.m gach lá. Éiríonn tú cleachta leis, ach mar dhéagóir leisciúil, tá sé dúshlánach!Ar an… Continue reading Nuair a Bhíomar inár Ríthe agus Banríona ar an mBóthar: Aoife Ní Chorráin

Nuair a Bhíomar inár Ríthe agus Banríona ar an mBóthar: Anna Sutcliffe

Tógadh mé i mBáile Átha Cliath agus bhí sé fíor-thábhachtach do mo thuistí go mbeidh Gaeilge agam. Dá bhrí sin, d’fhreastal mé ar Ghaelscoil Scoil Mológa i gCrois Araild ionas go mbeidh mé in ann Gaeilge a labhairt agus mé ar ais ar Oileán Acla. Rothaigh nó shiúl mé ar scoil chuile maidin le mo… Continue reading Nuair a Bhíomar inár Ríthe agus Banríona ar an mBóthar: Anna Sutcliffe