Bloomsday 2024: Young Author Competition

Welcome to our annual Bloomsday competition. Please read on to learn about what’s involved, what to write, and how to submit an entry. Whether the author is a primary school pupil or a second level student, these core rules apply: Author guidelines See below for slightly different guidelines for primary pupils (typically, aged 12 or… Continue reading Bloomsday 2024: Young Author Competition

Cantonese Flowerboards: From Hong Kong to Ireland

Welcome to a trilingual blog about Flowerboards, by Cantonese in Ireland (www.cantoneseireland.ie). Flowerboards are an important feature of Hong Kong’s cultural heritage. Read on to understand what flowerboards are, why and how they are made, and see a few that featured in St Patrick’s Day parades! What are flowerboards? Flowerboards are used for ‘for celebrating… Continue reading Cantonese Flowerboards: From Hong Kong to Ireland

International Children’s Day 2024

A wonderful poster designed by Erin one of our young artists, June 1st is International Children’s Day!  The theme of International children’s day 2024 is, ‘Investing in our future means investing in our children’. It’s Playtime! This year Sticky Fingers Arts and the Museum of Childhood Ireland are celebrating International Children’s Day together in Mc… Continue reading International Children’s Day 2024

Rugby Ain’t for everyone, but Coming of Age is retrospective

A Handsome Devil retrospective While the summer is always huge for sport in Ireland, this week alone saw Dublin host the Europa League final, congratulations to Italian club Atlanta, and the Champions Cup rugby final will see Irish side Leinster attempt to tie the record for most wins in that competition. Sport and its relationship… Continue reading Rugby Ain’t for everyone, but Coming of Age is retrospective

Cuala Press Print

Beatrice Moss Campbell (Lady Beatrice Glenavy RHA ) 1881-1970.* Hand coloured Cuala Press Print in original frame, to illustrate the poem ‘Prayer for a Little Child’ by Winifred M Letts 1882-1972.** West of Ireland scene, with child, mother, fisherman, animals and fairy. Prayer for a Little Child  “God keep my jewel this day from danger;From and… Continue reading Cuala Press Print

Doll House Vacuum Cleaner

A little Japanese made 1950s tin plate and wire ‘electric’ doll house vacuum cleaner, donated to the Museum of Childhood Ireland in 2018. Research is ongoing. As children in Dublin in the 60s, we called our carpet vacuum sweeper by the manufacturing company’s name, the Electrolux, and others called theirs the Hoover, in much the… Continue reading Doll House Vacuum Cleaner

Model Mangle Toy

A vintage toy model mangle*, made from pressed metal and wood. It is a Butler Series toy, made in England, and in working condition. ‘It’s like Mother’s’ *Mangles, also known as wringers, were a domestic item used in the home in laundry work, to squeeze or wring water out of washed clothes before drying. The… Continue reading Model Mangle Toy

Snapshots of our Childhood

Karen Keogh, Waterford 1970s How did we survive? Play in the 70s.  I was lucky growing up. My father, was the C of I rector in Castlecomer. Consequently, we all had to live in the rectory. It was a huge but freezing cold house, there was no such thing as central heating in those days!… Continue reading Snapshots of our Childhood

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

International Literature Festival Dublin

Children’s Books and Authors During the month of May, an exciting celebration of literature is happening in Merrion Square, which showcases the works of authors from all over the world. This will be the festival’s twenty-seventh year and the biggest to date, with over 230 events revolving around various literary subjects. The most exciting news,… Continue reading International Literature Festival Dublin

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