Heritage Week 2021. Heritage Council County Award Winner

For Heritage week 2021 we presented a series of videos on the history of children from medieval times to the eighteenth century. They are available on the MoCI Youtube Channel:



  • Eileen Murphy, Burial Practices for the Young in Medieval Gaelic Ireland – Some Findings from Ballyhanna, Co. Donegal.
  • Mary O’Dowd, Boys in Sixteenth Century Ireland
  • Ann-Maria Walsh, ‘Remembering and Re-imagining Early Modern Childhood in the Boyle Archive.’
  • Rachel Wilson, An Education Fit for a Lady: Teaching Girls in the “Big House” in Ireland, c. 1690-1745

The presentations explore what these places, buildings and objects can tell us about childhood in Ireland in the medieval and early modern period.  The overall presentation demonstrates that much information can be gained about the children who lived in Ireland in the past. 

While archaeologists and historians are increasingly focusing their research on past children, work that concentrates on adults is still dominant. The presentations show that using these different approaches there is great potential to gain a more holistic understanding of the world of the child across the different eras.  

We were delighted that the video was a County Award winner for Dublin: Dun Laoghaire Rathdown.Thank you so much to the Heritage Council for this wonderful recognition of all the hard work of our volunteer team.


Dublin: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

The Museum of Childhood claimed the prize in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. Its project, ‘History of childhood from medieval times to the eighteenth century’ focused on the history of childhood in Ireland through a webinar presentation.

For more information on the history of childhood in Ireland see the History of Irish Childhood Research Network website.