Karol O’Connor’s Action Man Figures

Karol O’Connor

“What you see here on display here at the Bank of Ireland in Dún Laoghaire for the Museum of Childhood Ireland are Action Man toys from my own childhood, toys that I received for birthdays and at Christmas-time back in the 1980s. 

The toys were carefully put away in shoe boxes and stored in the loft of my family home for the past thirty plus years. It was only at the beginning of the Covid 19 pandemic that they were liberated and dusted down. 

It seemed a terrible shame to put them back into storage, and so I contacted the Museum of Childhood Ireland to see if they’d be interested in them, sharing them for everyone to see. 

I love that they’ll be on display in Dún Laoghaire, as there is a local connection! I was born, and raised in the borough, and originally most of these toys were bought in the Banba Toymaster shop in the old Dún Laoghaire Shopping Centre.”

The museum’s display of my figures in Bloomfields Shopping Centre at Christmas 2023