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MúsaemÓigeNahÉireann.Islandwide-Diaspora, Historic-Contemporary museum of childhood.Charity:20205452

What a wonderful time🙏❤️ #Bloomfields #dúnlaoghaire today with Literature team at #museumofchildhoodireland for Cruinniú na nÓg. Oh! the stories📚,the artwork🎨,the fun….#CruinniúnanÓg#museumofchildhoodireland#múseumóigenahéireann #creativity#children museumofchildhood.ie/cruinniu-na-nogBloomfields Shopping CentreCreative Ireland South Dublin CreativeIrl Dún Laoghaire Town DLR Tourism DLR PPN Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Public Participation Network ... See MoreSee Less
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We love Bloomsday at Bloomfields! And we love the YADSMOOLB artwork by Chloe, age 6! Join the Museum of Childhood Ireland’s Literature team this Sunday, the 16th of June 2024 to celebrate James Joyce and Bloomsday with our friends in Bloomfields, Dún Laoghaire! museumofchildhood.ie/bloomsday-at-bloomfields/This will a family friendly event with readings from the museum’s collection of Joyce’s children’s books, and art with materials from our generous sponsors Faber-Castellmuseumofchildhood.ie/childrens-literature/🏬 Where? With our friends at Bloomfields Shopping Centre, Dún Laoghairebloomfieldshoppingcentre.ie/🕰️ Time? 12 noon to 3pmNo booking is required. The event will be on a first come, first served basis.See too the museum’s other Joyce/Bloomsday initiatives in 2024:Young Author Competition:📚 ✍️ museumofchildhood.ie/bloomsday-2024-young-author-competitionDante to Joyce project:📕🎨 museumofchildhood.ie/dante-to-joyce#Bloomsday #bloomsday2024 #jamesjoyce #literature #childrensbooks #celebration #museumofchildhoodireland #músaemóigenahéireannBloomfields Shopping Centre The James Joyce Centre Dublin Bloomsday Festival Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber Dún Laoghaire Town ... See MoreSee Less
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Young and old, Feohanagh, Co. Kerry 1946. In the photo are Seán Mhaurice O'Sullivan, Úna (Agnes) O'Sullivan, Seán O'Sullivan (no relation), Cáit Tady Griffin, Peg O'Sullivan, Cáit (Kathleen) Kavanagh, Eileen O'Sullivan, Tomás Joan Ó Corráin.Photo by Caoimhín Ó Danachair and part of the National Folklore Collection. www.duchas.ie/en/cbeg/14449Shared by CC BY-NC 4.0. #Ireland 💚 ... See MoreSee Less
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‘Dante to Joyce’ a joyous, collaborative exploration of JOURNEYS, language, landscape +, in the 📚literature #ireland & #italy #italia for #children 2023 #dantealighieri #dante & today conclusion of pt 2 #jamesjoyce for 2024 ( Bilingual: English / Italian project) 🇮🇪 🇮🇹 museumofchildhood.ie/dante-to-joyce/ #museumofchildhoodireland #músaemóigenahéireann #children #literature @tortorschool @soniaasartor_ @bloomsdayfest @jamesjoycecentre @iicdublino @mbassyirishc5c0 ... See MoreSee Less
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Today is the 1st International Day of Play! 🤸‍♂️A reminder that the right to play is a children’s right, acknowledged in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Play is essential for a child’s holistic development, promoting creativity, social skills & emotional well-being.Recognising play as a fundamental right underscores its importance in fostering a healthy, balanced childhood. It emphasises the need for a supportive environment where children can engage in spontaneous and structured play, contributing to their overall happiness, and helping them access their right to a fulfilling and joyful childhood.museumofchildhood.ie/museumofchildhood.ie/childrens-rights-blog-2/#museumofchildhoodireland #músaemóigenahéireann #ChangeX #LEGOFoundation #InternationalDayOfPlay #children #childhood #play #childrights #Ireland Children’s Right to Play- A Child Right. Skipping, Museum of Childhood Ireland Múseum Óige na hÉireann ChangeX The LEGO Foundation United Nations Human Rights United Nations Youth Children's Rights Alliance ... See MoreSee Less
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Ireland’s annual Cruinniú na nÓg, a day of creativity for young people, is on Saturday 15th June, and we’d love to see you in Bloomfields, Dún Laoghaire! We’ve a free family Fairytales and Storybook creating workshop for our 2024 celebration of the day at #museumofchildhoodireland #músaemóigenahéireannAll materials will be provided. Generously sponsored by the wonderful people at Faber-Castell ⏰ Time: 12 noon to 3pm. No booking required - this will operate on a first come basis. 🏬 Where: Bloomfields, Shopping Centre, Dún Laoghaire bloomfieldshoppingcentre.ie/bloomfieldshoppingcentre.ie/directions/👉https://museumofchildhood.ie/cruinniu-na-nog/Bloomfields Shopping Centre Creative Ireland Creative Ireland South Dublin Creative Europe Desk Ireland - Culture Office @Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Chamber Dun Laoghaire Central Residents Association #cruinniúnanóg #creativeireland #fabercastell #art #children #youth #dúnlaoghaire #ireland #isearchedformyspark 🎉🖼️ 🎨 👨‍🎨 🎶 ✍️ 🎤 📚 🥳 Quoting the fantastic children at The Kabin Studio Cork“I searched for my spark and I found it.”👀 👂 Watch and listen here: youtu.be/8p6_VL00Vqk?feature=shared ... See MoreSee Less
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#jurassicpark 1993 directed by #stevenspielberg captivated audiences with realistic, thrilling depictions of #dinosaurs As a result of toy collecting/toy appreciation I started making my own toys…Richard Collier at museumofchildhood.ie/richard-collie… #museumofchildhoodireland #collections #múseumóigenahéireann #jurassicparktoys #stevenspielbergfilm @hibernotoys @rich__collier ... See MoreSee Less
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Derry/Londonderry. 1955. (B Hardy/Getty) ... See MoreSee Less
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“Our father, who was from Co. Cork, met our mother while working in the City of Lincoln Hospital in England in the mid 1950s, and by the early 1960s they had settled in Letterkenny, Co Donegal…” Read John and Michael’s Toy Garage story on our website here 👉 museumofchildhood.ie/john-and-michaels-toy-garage/#Donegal #letterkenny #Ireland #lincolnshire #Lindum #lindumcolonia #toygarage #toy #garage #brothers #handmade #handmadewithlove #cars #dinky #corgi #ToyTrucks #museumofchildhoodireland #músaemóigenahéireann #childhood #children #photographer #Derry #firstcommunion ... See MoreSee Less
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Sitting the leaving certificate Art examI sat my leaving certificate in 1988. Looking back I have mixed emotions about it all, but mostly my leaving certificate art result. I wasn’t amazing at Art but between the painting or drawing, and the written work I did, most often I’d get an A from my really lovely Art teacher Mr Roger Garbett.Mr Garbett was an inspiration, always very encouraging and understanding. I remember he sat me down one day close to the exams and said I should get an A, BUT it all depended on who was marking my papers! Over my sixth year in Newtown school, Waterford I had come up with my own style of painting sky, by placing the colours on the paper with my hands, and swirling the paint to form a magical sun idea.This was definitely what I was going to do for my Leaving Certificate, and was encouraged aloud in class to do so by Mr Garbett.Alas, on the day of the leaving certificate art exam as I was painting my sky, I noticed a fellow classmate using MY original sky idea, but rather than my greys whites and yellows, she had chosen to use reds, oranges and yellows.I was very annoyed because this girl got As in EVERY subject and I thought this very unfair.A few months later, the results…I got a C , she got an A !!!I was very very upset. So you see , as Mr Garbett said it all depends who might be marking at the end of the day! 😉 Áine FureyRead Áine’s story in full here: 🧑‍🎨 👉https://museumofchildhood.ie/stories-of-our-childhoods/#leavingcert #LeavingCertificate #ArtExam #exams #snapshots #snapshot #milestones #School #teachers #teenagerslife #adolescence #youth #newtownschool #MuseumOfChildhoodIreland #músaemóigenahéireann #1980s #Art #Creativity #selfexpression #dissapointment ... See MoreSee Less
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A few photos from an incredibly happy, messy! 😂 and sunshiny #InternationalChildrensDay day of play yesterday in Newry! From Sticky Fingers Arts and Museum of Childhood Ireland’s Children’s Rights team- Skipping, painting, storytelling, readings, making, giant snakes and ladders and chess games, parachutes, ring toss, windmills, music: violin, concertina, and banjo playing of traditional, classical and contemporary music…to home made picnics. It made for the loveliest, convivial, atmosphere for inter-generational fun in McClelland Park. ( Which makes a super family friendly park!) Everyone sharing and having fun together. New friendships made, new talents discovered…Are Newry people the best skippers in Ireland!? Thanks so much to Grainne, Caoilfhionn, and all the Sticky Fingers team, and to Dakota, Delaney, Fankun, Gabriela, Hadjer, Karolina (with Mantas), Majella and Peiyi from the museum, for all the hard work in planning and on the day. And to everyone who came and joined in on the day - you were the magic! See you all soon again! 👋 Happy International Children’s Day 2024! ❤️☀️🎶 🫶🤝🌈 museumofchildhood.ie/international-childrens-day-2024/#InternationalChildrensDay #itsplaytime #childrensrights #ChildsRightToPlay #play #relax #enjoy #Newry #StickyFingersArts #MuseumOfChildhoodIreland #músaemóigenahéireann #ChildRights www.stickyfingersarts.co.uk/Find the link to Karolina Olchowska’s book (in Polish and English) here: museumofchildhood.ie/childhood-services-week-13th-17th-may-2024-seachtain-seirbhisi-leanai-2024/and to Mantas Poderys’ book here: www.mantaspoderys.com ... See MoreSee Less
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How did we survive!? …There were the hours we spent building camps in the woods – some of the “houses” were big enough to hold all seven of us, and in fairness, kept the rain out after we plaited the roofs with different branches. When boredom set in, we dug trenches 3 feet deep in the ground and covered them with a mesh of twigs and leaves so our friends would fall in! We once sawed up the neighbour’s ladder into three pieces to fit the right height of the tree house, then hid in the woods later when he came to berate my mother… read Karen’s full story on her 1970s childhood here:👉 museumofchildhood.ie/stories-of-our-childhoods/#museumofchildhoodireland #músaemóigenahéireann #snapshot #snapshots #Newtown #ireland ... See MoreSee Less
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Join Museum of Childhood Ireland & StickyFingersArts in McClelland Park Newry to celebrate #internationalchildrensday A day of play & fun #itsplaytime ! 👉 museumofchildhood.ie/international-childrens-day-2024/ #InternationalChildrensDay2024 #museumofchildhoodireland #músaemóigenahéireann #stickyfingersarts ... See MoreSee Less
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Reminder! Museum of Childhood Ireland and @marshslibrary Annual Bloomsday Young Author competition is closing soon (9.00 AM Saturday). Pls submit ahead of schedule if you can, so we have plenty of time to read all entries! Scan QR to enter or see museumofchildhood.ie/bloomsday-2024-young-author-competition/#edchatie #writing #bloomsday #reading #museumofchildhoodireland #músaemóigenahéireann #marshslibrary #Bloomsday #jamesjoyce #ulysses #youngwriters #youngwriter #youth #children #teenage #writers #authors ... See MoreSee Less
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Rugby Ain’t for everyone,but Coming of Age is retrospective.’ A Handsome Devil retrospective. Blog from #museumofchildhoodireland Literature/Media team member Sam Hayes: “Ultimately, though, it was the cultural moment…Finally, it felt like Irish teenage life was depicted on screen.” 🎥 👉 museumofchildhood.ie/rugby-aint-for-everyone-but-coming-of-age-is-retrospective/#handsomedevil #irishfilm #film #adolescents #museumofchildhoodireland #adolescent #youth #múseumóigenahéireann #teenage #children #sport #rugby #comingofage #comingofagemovie #comingofagefilm #andrewscott #fionnoshea #nicholasgalitzine #johnbutler #theundertones #Ireland ... See MoreSee Less
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To celebrate #travellerprideweek2024 May 20th to 27th, we share Artist Leanne McDonagh, and Author Nora Corcoran’s stories from their childhood and growing up ( from our ‘When We Were Kings and Queens’ series with Robert Burns.) “We never knew when daddy would come to pick us up from school with the horse and sulky cart but when he did there was fierce excitement for the journey home. I remember getting to the gates of the school and looking to spot the big blue HiAce van and trying to identify if it was our HiAce van or if it was my cousins! This of course was never an issue on the days that daddy was waiting for us with the horse and cart. He could be spotted a mile away. The clattering of the horses’ hooves in tandem with the reverberation of its steel shoes, the jingle of the harness and the neighing of the horse were all in perfect rhythm and creating the most familiar sound which could be heard way off in the distance…Read Leanne’s story in full here 👉 museumofchildhood.ie/when-we-were-kings-and-queens-of-the-road-leanne-“My earliest memories as a child going to junior school was that we lived in the town, and my father used to drop us down in the morning. We had a Ford Escort van. I come from a Mincéir / Irish Traveller Family, and my father was a Tinsmith who made and mended pots and pans for the local non-Traveller community…Read Nora’s story in full here 👉 museumofchildhood.ie/when-we-were-kings-and-queens-of-the-road-nora-corcoran/The full project is here: museumofchildhood.ie/when-we-were-kings-and-queens-of-the-road/👦 And a beautiful way to share Mincéir, Traveller culture with children is through listening to stories especially for children. Find the link to author Nora Corcoran’s reading of a story from her wonderful ‘Tadgh and Miranda’ series for children here on the Museum of Childhood Ireland’s YouTube Channel: youtu.be/qmjkLWCjk2Q?si=-nEHkWojXf-HLwbWThere are so many ways to celebrate Traveller Pride Week 2024, see link here: 👉 www.travellerprideweek.org/#TravellerPride #mincéir #Traveller #museumofchildhoodireland#músaemóigenahéireann #children #childhood #cherishingallthechildren #seenandheard #childhoodmemories#WhenWeWereKingsAndQueens Traveller Pride Week ... See MoreSee Less
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Rebecca, known as Rea, was born in 1936, in a small village in Co.Kildare, about 10 miles from Dublin city where there was a bus to the city centre every hour, with more in the mornings and evenings for people who worked in the city…..Read Rebecca’s story here: museumofchildhood.ie/rebeccas-bus-ticket/Rebecca Cassidy, known as Rea“My name is Rebecca. I was born in 1936. I lived in a small village in Co.Kildare, about 10 miles from Dublin city. There was a bus to Dublin every hour, with a few more in the mornings and evenings for people who worked in the city.I was the youngest of eight children and my oldest sister was twenty one years older than me. She was married and had had her first child when I was almost two, so I was an aunt before I was two years old.There was no running water in our house. I remember going to the village pump with my sister for drinking water. You can see these pumps in some villages still, but not in use now. The river Liffey ran past our garden and we had a gate on to the river bank. We used river water for washing.With my two nephews, I fished in the river for minnow. We also played with other girls and boys. We played hopscotch, skipping, and games, one called “Pussy Four Corners” and “Blind Mans Bluff”.I had to get the bus to school. The fare was 2d (that is in old money, less than 1 cent in new money). The bus had a driver and another man we called the conductor. The conductor collected our fare. He had a folder with all the tickets – different colours for the different prices. The 2d ticket I got was blue. He also had a little machine to punch a small hole in the ticket he sold. This showed it had been used and could not be used for another journey. He wore this machine on a strap which hung around his neck.At Christmas time boys could ask Santa for a conductor set, an “Airfix” model of an aeroplane or a truck. (This came in pieces and had to be glued together). Girls could ask for a doctor or a nurse’s set, a shop, (this included a cash machine and little bottles and packets with pictures or names of what would be in them) or a doll and a pram. Both boys and girls could ask for books, balls, jigsaws, paints and crayons for colouring, and bikes.I loved my school days. Girls and boys were together in school until we reached 1st class when we made our First Holy Communion. After that the girls stayed in the convent school and the boys went to the boys school. We could continue in school for 7th class, where some girls learned book-keeping and typing. Others studied for the exam to get into the Civil Service. I did this exam and got a good high place, but there were always far more job places for boys than for girls, and I didn’t get a place. Instead, I went to a college specifically to learn shorthand and touch typing.”Rebecca#Kildare #Dublin #busticket #children #childhood #músaemóigenahéireann #museumofchildhoodireland ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you so much to the @museumofchildhoodireland who kindly loaned us an Irish dancing dress from their collections. Not only that but they also helped us to source extra dresses for our production which was such a valuable to us when we were struggling to know where to start! They helped us finish off the vision we had for our Coppélia production and we cannot thank them enough. @museumofchildhoodireland ... See MoreSee Less
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Today is International Museum’s Day 2024 and the theme is ‘Museums for Education and Research’ 📣Take a look at all that is happening at the Museum of Childhood Ireland. An islandwide-Diaspora first, focusing on Historic and Contemporary childhood, Play, Arts, Research, Education, Collections, Environment, Child Rights, Voices and Engagement, Literature, Community, Innovation, culture, Heritage, Stories - of children and childhood. Read all about the programmes, events, and people involved in the voluntary museum. Childhood- Past, Present, and Potential.Explore, Play, Create, Reflect, Participate, Envision: 👉https://museumofchildhood.ie/About the day: icom.museum/en/international-museum-day-2/#museumofchildhoodireland #ICOM #InternationalMuseumDay #InternationalMuseumDay2024 #education #research #children #childhood #afirstforireland #seenandheard #cherishingallthechildren International Council of Museums - ICOM ICOM EuropeIrish Museums Association The Heritage Council ... See MoreSee Less
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Calling children and young people under 18 years.What a fabulous opportunity for children and young people to have their voice heard The Museum of Childhood Ireland. Tell us your story on what a day in the life in the place that you live will look like in 100 years time. Celebrating Bloomsday James Joyce. This could provide a vision for our local and European candidates in the upcoming elections, Shelly Herterich Quinn Cllr Fergal Landy Albert Dolan Share to local schools in Athenry Events & Info Leonie Cosgrave Ruth Melia Really looking forward to hearing what our inspiring children and young people say❤️ ... See MoreSee Less
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Announcing a stellar addition to the judging panel for our children’s Bloomsday Writing Competition with #marshslibrary : Tony Hall! 🌟 As a Professor of Education and published poet, his blend of literary and educational expertise offers a very rich perspective to our panel. Welcome, Tony 🎉#Bloomsday #bloomsday2024 #museumofchildhoodireland #músaemóigenahéireann #youngwriters #youngauthors #write ✍️ We are accepting entries now: 👉 museumofchildhood.ie/bloomsday-2024-young-author-competition/ ... See MoreSee Less
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We’re delighted to announce that the incredible @sarahwebbwriter is joining the judging panel for our annual Children’s Writing Competition! 📚 An award-winning children’s book author, passionate storyteller, and dedicated champion of Ireland’s writing talent- we are so excited to have Sarah on board! ✍️ #bloomsday #museumofchildhoodireland #múseumóigenahéireann #youngwriters #youngauthors #creativity #writing For details please see the Bloomsday section ( under Events) on our website: museumofchildhood.ie/bloomsday-2024-young-author-competition/ ... See MoreSee Less
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We’re truly honoured to welcome @mccourt_john as a judge for our Bloomsday Writing Competition with @marshslibrary 📚As President of the International James Joyce Foundation and a renowned Joycean scholar, his expertise will be an invaluable asset to our panel. Welcome aboard, John! #bloomsday #bloomsday2024 #museumofchildhoodireland #músaemóigenahéireann #jamesjoyce #youngauthors #youngwriters #culture #heritage #ireland ✍️ Information on how to enter here 👉 museumofchildhood.ie/bloomsday-2024-young-author-competition/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Unveiling our second judge of the day: Sofia Zambetti!! 📚 With her rich background in English Literature and a unique perspective on James Joyce, Sofia is a fantastic addition to our esteemed panel of judges! 🎉 #edchatie #edchat #museumofchildhoodireland #múseumóigenahéireann #Bloomsday #journey #bloomsday2024 #jamesjoyce #Ulysses #literature #Culture #heritage #ireland #writers #authors #zambetti #youngauthor #youngauthors #youngwriter #youngwriters ✍️ See information on the annual competition especially for #children and #youth from #museumofchildhoodireland and #MarshsLibrary here 👉 museumofchildhood.ie/bloomsday-2024-young-author-competition/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Museum of Childhood Ireland are delighted to welcome @daveruddenwrites @dublincityuniversity (YPCE) Artist in Residence 2023- to our judging panel for our Bloomsday Young Authors/Writers Competition! 🌟 Known for the acclaimed “Knights of the Borrowed Dark” series, Dave’s expertise in YA fiction offers an invaluable lens to our panel. Excited to have you, Dave!🎉#edchatie #edchat #museumofchildhoodireland #museumofchildhood #múseumóigenahéireann #bloomsday #jamesjoyce #bloomsday2024 #youngauthor #youngauthors #youngwriters ✍️ Deadline fast approaching! 👉 museumofchildhood.ie/bloomsday-2024-young-author-competition/ ... See MoreSee Less
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🌟 We’re thrilled to welcome acclaimed author Ciarán Collins to our judging panel 📝🎉 With his internationally celebrated debut novel “The Gamal” and Rooney Prize for Irish Literature among his accolades, he brings a wealth of literary expertise to the table! 📚For more information - visit museumofchildhood.ie/bloomsday-2024-young-author-competition/ #Bloomsday #bloomsday2024 #museumofchildhoodireland #museumofchildhood #jamesjoyce #ulysses #youngauthor #youngauthors #youngwriters #youngwriter #literature #culture #heritage #ireland ... See MoreSee Less
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📣 Meet the phenomenal @zainab_boladale - journalist, author, and now judge for our collaborative Bloomsday Writing Competition with Marsh’s Library! 🖋️✨ With her diverse storytelling talents and passion for unconventional narratives, she’s the perfect addition to our panel! #bloomsday2024 #bloomsday #children #youth #museumofchildhoodireland #museumofchildhood #múseumóigenahéireann #youngauthors #youngwriters #creativity #literature #culture #heritage #ireland For more information - visit museumofchildhood.ie/bloomsday-2024-young-author-competition/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Today’s featured judge is one of our Joyceans, Nathan Finn! Apart from featuring on ‘Ireland’s Smartest’, his award-winning thesis explored Ulysses using the literary theories of Mikhail Bakhtin.More judges to follow, but remember, the closing date is looming! museumofchildhood.ie/bloomsday-2024-young-author-competition/ #bloomsday #bloomsday2024 #JamesJoyce #Joyce #ulysses #youngauthors #youngwriters #creativity #Literature #Heritage #culture #Ireland #child #youth #writers #museumofchildhoodireland #children #language #músaemóigenahéireann @jamesjoycecentre ... See MoreSee Less
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🥁 Over the next few days, we’re announcing judges for our Bloomsday Young Author competition. Meet Elaine Feeney, poet, writer, lecturer, multi-award winner and recently Booker longlisted for ‘How to Build a Boat’. And a short story collection imminent! Phew. #edchatie #bloomsday #bloomsday2024 #museumofchildhoodireland #músaemóigenahéireann #jamesjoyce Remember the closing date looming! 👉 museumofchildhood.ie/bloomsday-2024-young-author-competition/ @marshslibrary @bloomsdayfest @jamesjoycecentre @universityofgalway @rcwliteraryagency Séanadh ... See MoreSee Less
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🥁 Over the next few days, we’re announcing judges for our Bloomsday Young Author competition. Meet Elaine Feeney, poet, writer, lecturer, multi-award winner and recently Booker longlisted for ‘How to Build a Boat’. And a short story collection imminent! Phew. #edchatie Our next judge is one of our Joycean gents, Nathan Finn! Apart from featuring on ‘Ireland’s Smartest’, his award-winning thesis explored Ulysses using the literary theories of Mikhail Bakhtin.More judges tomorrow, but remember, the closing date looming! 👉 museumofchildhood.ie/bloomsday-2024-young-author-competition/#Bloomsday #Joyce #JamesJoyce #youngauthors #youngwriters #Creativity #literature #education Archbishop Marsh's Library Bloomsday Festival The James Joyce Centre Dublin Children's Books Ireland ... See MoreSee Less
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“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 days. A lot of the time tho my Ma would be in work early, so she’d drop me up to my Nanas house before school. I’d pretend to be asleep still, so she’d have to carry me into my Nanas and up the stairs, to put me in the bed beside my aunty, my Ma hoping I’d get another hour of sleep before school. A lot of time tho I’d wait untill I heard my Ma go out the back gate of my Nanas Garden and I’d sneak downstairs, very slowly trying not to make noise on the creaky stairs, so that I could watch early morning cartoons like the old 90’s Spider-Man show and PowerRangers. My Nana then would come down the stairs a while later ready to go, she drove an old Toyota Yaris and always drove in silence, no radio, no music, I always remembered thinking that was strange.She’d drop me to school about half past eight and I’d play in the yard with a few kids before we’d get called into our línte.My Nanna would usually collect me from school when she was off work, and I’d do my homework and have dinner in her house untill my Ma was off work and could come collect me. This is the way things were for a long time…”Aaron Sunderland Carey, ArtistRead Aaron’s story in full here: 👉 museumofchildhood.ie/when-we-were-kings-and-queens-of-the-road-aaron-sunderland-carey/#WhenWeWereKingsAndQueens #MuseumOfChildhoodIreland #músaemóigenahéireann #Ballymun #coultry #sillogue #Dublin #Children #Youth #traveltoschool #Cycling #Walking #Car #Bus #socialengagement #urbanenvironment #gaelscoil #Spiderman #PowerRangers National College of Art & Design, Ballymun Talks Tribute to old Ballymun Ballymun News & Views Ballymun Community & Events ... See MoreSee Less
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In excitement for #ILFD2024 @ilfdublin & the plethora of fantastic children’s literature authors, an exploration of a few of the Irish authors & their works from @museumofchildhoodireland ‘s Literature lead Delaney Price 👉 museumofchildhood.ie/international-literature-festival-dublin/ #childrensliterature #literature #Authors #ya #Books #museumofchildhoodireland #múseumóigenahéireann @cat_doyle0 @kwebberwanders @shanewhegarty ... See MoreSee Less
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Delighted to share a rare picture of me and my dad on the The Museum of Childhood Ireland website. Always wonderful memories of my early childhood in Abbey Row ❤️museumofchildhood.ie/meet-the-education-team-new-in-progress/ ... See MoreSee Less
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“There are many understandings of children and childhood, which can be traced through historical literature and changing societal beliefs. From a personal perspective as adults, we have all been children and can hopefully remember some of our childhood experiences. These experiences of childhood together with the historical, social, cultural, and ideological views of childhood have and continue to influence our beliefs about children and childhood. These beliefs can be either consciously or subconsciously created. However, if we want to understand how we have formed our own image of the child, it might be useful to reflect on the various discourses of childhood available to us through historical literature and memories of our own and others childhood experiences.”As part of Childhood Services Week, the Museum of Childhood Ireland’s Education team member Rita Melia writes about the educator's image of the child as a learner. Rita expertise is in #ECEC 👉 museumofchildhood.ie/the-educators-image-of-the-child-as-a-learner/See also links below to author Karolina Olchowska’s story videos in English or Polish for Childhood Services Week. The picture book ‘Granny Makes Me Grumpy’ explores the perception of old age through the eyes of a child and how this perspective changes and matures with age and teaches us appreciation of the people who raise us. 👉 museumofchildhood.ie/childhood-services-week-13th-17th-may-2024-seachtain-seirbhisi-leanai-2024/#MuseumOfChildhoodIreland #MúsaemÓigeNahÉireann #ChildhoodServicesWeek #earlychildhoodeducation #Stories #English #Polish National Childhood Network ... See MoreSee Less
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#ICLCM defines the literary museum as “an institution focusing on preserving literature as cultural heritage” #LiteratureTeam at #MuseumOfChildhoodIreland Gabriela Portillo’s blog looks at inspiration for the Literature section of our museum 👉 museumofchildhood.ie/literary-museums/ #culture #heritage #child #children #Literature #books #fictionalworlds #dreams #reality @7stories @villaverbeelding @junibacken_stockholm @moatbrae Museo Hendrik Christian Anderson @roalddahlmuseum @carlemuseum @cultureireland @theheritagecouncil @irishmuseums ... See MoreSee Less
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From #werebears to #jurassicpark to #TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles #TMNT - A selection of Richard Collier’s #1980s #1990s Toy Collection on display from Museum of Childhood Ireland at Bank of Ireland #dunlaoghaire from today👉 museumofchildhood.ie/richard-colliers-toy-collection/#museumofchildhoodireland#músaemóigenahéireann#Child #childhood #toys #collectibles #collectionDún Laoghaire Town Hornby Magazine Mattel Mirage studio Nickelodeon ... See MoreSee Less
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TOMHAISÍN (pro. toe-sheen) A sheet of paper, usually newspaper or brown paper, made into a funnel shape. When you bought a few pence worth of sweets the shopkeeper would make a tomhaisín to put them in. [Ó Dónaill’s Dictionary: small measure, small amount. Lost Language of Kilkenny: a little cone-shaped paper wrapper for sweets, snuff, etc)]Illustration: @corrinaaskinThese words are from the book The Lost Language of the Ballyhouras: Cnuasach Focal Paddy Fennessy, edited by Evelyn Fennessy and Róisín Ní Ghairbhí. Purchase from: evelynfennessy@gmail.com or @ansiopaleabhar ... See MoreSee Less
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Finbar Furey, Ballyfermot, 1950s Playing for the fairies.When we were children, about 8 or 9 years old, young Johnny Keenan and myself used to hang around together all the time. He was a month older than me. Old Johnny Keenan, his father, and my father, Ted, used to busk together and they used to take us busking. I played the pipes, which was a half set at the time, which was bag, bellows, chanter and one drone, and Johnny played the fiddle. We used to go fishing with them, they took us everywhere. I remember we went over to Palmerstown in Dublin, down to the Liffey and on the left hand side as you went towards the Liffey there was a fairy fort. We used to always go in and have a look at it, and my father and old Johnny were very respectful of this place and of course as kids you would be respecting your fathers words you know. Ted might say ‘ oh it’s unlucky to break a branch’, or ‘ you can walk in there as long as you don’t touch anything or break anything in there because that’s an old fairy fort probably hundreds of years old, so you have to respect it because the leprechauns live here ..’And me and Johnny went ‘ WOW!’.Then of course they would fool us and say ’if you look very hard you might see one’.So we used to go in and we’d be staring through the branches to see if we could see anything you know. It was perfectly round, amazing, and of course we never saw anything. If you saw a bird moving you would get excited ‘Oh a fairy..’So another day myself and young Johnny decided we were going to go over to the fairy fort, and this time we decided to bring the pipes and the fiddle, and sit down inside the fort and play the fairies a tune. So off we went. We walked all the way from Ballyfermot, you could actually go through the fields to Palmerstown, we went down this laneway past an old mill and we found the fort. We went in and we were very respectful now, we were saying things like ‘ will we take off our shoes?’ .We found a few stones in there where we sat down, I strapped the pipes on and Johhny got the fiddle out, and we played a few slow tunes, then we played a few nice slow jigs, and we finished by playing a lament. Johnny was a beautiful fiddle player.The two of us playing together it was like we were flying on the one wing.When we were finished, we packed away our instruments and we thanked the fairies for allowing us to play in their beautiful home or fort. We never went in there again, to the fort, we just always thought we would have good luck. We just left them and made our way home to Ballyfermot.When we told my father and old Johnny, my father said ‘ oh that was lovely, you’ll have good luck with that because the fairies will respect that. ‘ But he said ‘ don’t ever go over there on your own again, but that was a nice thing to do for the fairies’.Finbar FureyRead Finbar’s story and all the stories here: 📖 museumofchildhood.ie/stories-of-our-childhoods/#FinbarFurey #Ballyfermot #music #uilleannpipes #fiddle #fairies #fairyfort #museumofchildhoodireland #músaemóigenahéireann #child #childhood #fishing #Palmerstown #Dublin #Ireland #snapshots #1950sFinbar Furey Aine Furey Ballyfermot Ballyfermot Library Irish Traditional Music Archive / Taisce Cheol Dúchais Éireann🎶 listen to Finbar Furey’s music here: youtu.be/jDUa_MGeFns?si=rU1S0yKFZe4dtGYc ... See MoreSee Less
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One of my happiest childhood memories was spending time with my aunty Margo who had no children of her own and loved spending time with us on her holidays. Margo was a nurse in Dublin and would visit home (Dungarvan) on her holidays – she had a real gift for finding birds’ nests on the old lane between our house and our granny’s – we’d track the birds’ nests and their nestlings all spring and summer and it was great fun – Aunty Margo also took us to the river with picnics with Grandad’s dog Judy, and we would watch the salmon jump up the river to spawn. Margo would always say that when she died she wanted to be cremated and sprinkled in that river. Later in life when I met my husband in Wicklow, it turned out that he was friends with my Aunty Margo in Dublin! Small world. Margo died 20 years ago and got her wish. She was a great Aunt, and was so good to us.Joan Power #aunties #aunty #1970s #Dungarvan #dublinireland #museumofchildhoodireland #músaemóigenahéireann #memory #memories #birdsnests #salmon #picnics museumofchildhood.ie/stories-of-our-childhoods/A picture of Margo and us messing – she was my favourite aunty. ... See MoreSee Less
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Dante to JoyceFare del proprio lavoro una continua ricerca di saperiGrazie al The Museum of Childhood Ireland per l opportunità e lo stimolo Indire - Avanguardie EducativeMinistero dell'Istruzione e del Merito ... See MoreSee Less
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Going to school in 1960s CorkWhen 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 and shortcuts it was a mere 8 minutes, 7 if I did a bit of running...read here 👉https://museumofchildhood.ie/when-we-were-kings-and-queens-of-the-road-fion-gunn/ #WhenWeWereKingsAndQueens #museumofchildhoodireland #músaemóigenahéireann #Cork #ireland #child #childhood #artist #JourneyToSchool #walking @gunnfion @robert_burns73 @chlloebrowne ... See MoreSee Less
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Childhood Memories from Joni Spring, Kerry 1980sGrowing up in Kerry, the full moon in my window, the mist of the morning burning away under the light of the rising sun, the swallows cutting through the autumn skies and the rooks on the electricity wires holding court in the evenings are all elements of my life from young child to teenager.These following ones are about daises.One distinct memory I have is as a small child, no more than four or five, taking a walk along the quiet road between Castlemaine and Milltown. The margin is dusty beneath my patent leather summer shoes. The left-hand side of the road is dotted with half built houses that need more money for breeze- blocks and roofs to finishthem. The daises are covering the lawns and I am holding my mother’s hand as we round the corner to the funeral home. My question is what is a funeral? Mom says she’ll point one out one day. It’s sunny and the car mirrors flash at us as they pass us by.Three years later I’m in Third Class and I’m looking out on the school lawn in mid May. We’re practicing hymns to sing to Our Lady as we walk around the convent grounds. The daisies this time are scattered in an orderly manner in the lawn underneath the freshly laundered sheets (pink and blue) hanging behind the convent.And finally, a year later. My mother has chosen some new plants for the garden. The roses were looking friendless. She planted some African Daisies ( Stars of the Veldt). These ones close their petals at night and open again in the morning and they have a lovely purple colour complimenting the stark white.I have my own roses now but I think I’ll get some stars of my own.Thanks to my friend Aine Furey for prompting me to think about the flowers, and to Angus Óg who made a daisy for us to admire.” museumofchildhood.ie/stories-of-our-childhoods/ #Snapshots #museumofchildhoodireland #músaemóigenahéireann #May #daisies #castlemaine #milltown #kerry #1980s ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy Bealtaine! Happy 1st May 2024 from all the team at Museum of Childhood Ireland! To celebrate we’ve added a new story to our Snapshots series. “Growing up in Kerry, the full moon in my window, the mist of the morning burning away under the light of the rising sun, the swallows cutting through the autumn skies and the rooks on the electricity wires holding court in the evenings are all elements of my life from young child to teenager...Read some of Joni Spring’s Daisy themed childhood memories here: 🌼 museumofchildhood.ie/stories-of-our-childhoods/These following ones are about daises.…One distinct memory I have is as a small child, no more than four or five, taking a walk along the quiet road between Castlemaine and Milltown. The margin is dusty beneath my patent leather summer shoes. The left-hand side of the road is dotted with half built houses that need more money for breeze- blocks and roofs to finish them. The daises are covering the lawns and I am holding my mother’s hand as we round the corner to the funeral home. My question is what is a funeral? Mom says she’ll point one out one day. It’s sunny and the car mirrors flash at us as they pass us by.Three years later I’m in Third Class and I’m looking out on the school lawn in mid May. We’re practicing hymns to sing to Our Lady as we walk around the convent grounds. The daisies this time are scattered in an orderly manner in the lawn underneath the freshly laundered sheets (pink and blue) hanging behind the convent.And finally, a year later. My mother has chosen some new plants for the garden. The roses were looking friendless. She planted some African Daisies ( Stars of the Veldt). These ones close their petals at night and open again in the morning and they have a lovely purple colour complimenting the stark white.I have my own roses now but I think I’ll get some stars of my own.Thanks to my friend Aine Furey for requesting me to think about the flowers. And to Angus Óg who made the daisy for us to admire.”Joni Spring#Kerry #Castlemaine #Milltown #1980s #Childhood #memories #Nature #May #MuseumOfChildhoodIreland #Snapshots #Snapshot #daisies #mayday #bealtaine#MúsaemÓigeNahÉireann #Kerry #Castlemaine #Milltown #Mother ... See MoreSee Less
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It’s the year 2124. Jim’s brain has been uploaded to the cloud and he keeps projecting Leeds’ winning goals from the 2087 Elite Premier Hoverball final directly on our eyeballs. The school can cloak and disappear if you arrive after 08.48 and the lunches are a delicious beetle and moongrape stew flavoured pill.Let’s hope not!!!! But enter this competition from the Museum of Childhood Ireland to express how YOU see the future of your area! #youngwriters #marino #Dublin #Ireland #Islandwide #MuseumOfChildhoodIreland #jcsplibraries museumofchildhood.ie/bloomsday-2024-young-author-competition/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Maeve Binchy! maevebinchy.com/biography/No cheating please. Which well known Irish writer is this a photo of? ... See MoreSee Less
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The upcoming Leaving and Junior Certificate exams may cause stress and anxiety for some students. It is so important to remember that there are techniques and processes that can reduce these potential stresses and anxieties.We all have the ability to be resilient. It is also very important to remember that stress can be used as a positive motivator.In this blog post, we have put together some methods of dealing with exam stress:www.cycleagainstsuicide.com/2022/03/23/dealing-with-exam-stress/ #CycleAgainstSuicide #Leavingcert #juniorcert ... See MoreSee Less
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The Museum of Childhood Ireland Músaem Óige na hÉireann are delighted to announce that we have joined again this year with our friends in Marsh's Library to present our annual Bloomsday Young Author competition. It is open to anyone under 18, in primary or secondary school. Great prizes for students and school, thanks to sponsorship by the museum, Faber-Castell, Gill Books, Glasnevin Trust, Futa Fata, and The O'Brien Press. Please share with any aspiring young authors! Details here:museumofchildhood.ie/bloomsday-2024-young-author-competition/#writing #Bloomsday #jamesjoyce #Joyce #reading #childhood#creativity #imagination #child #children #youth #museumofchildhoodireland #músaemóigenahéireann Archbishop Marsh's Library Faber-Castell FABER-CASTELL Gill Books The O'Brien Press Futa Fata Experience Glasnevin - Ireland's National Cemetery ... See MoreSee Less
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Voices of Children across #ireland on #earthday2024 #LáAnDomhain2024 Tom, Lisburn, age 16 ‘Sea/ Land/ Sky/ People/ Ireland/ world.’ #planetvsplastics #museumofchildhoodireland #earthday #láandomhain #músaemóigenahéireann #ChildrensVoiceskids.nationalgeographic.com/celebrations/article/earth-dayen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Dayecounesco.ie/world-earth-day/www.irishtimes.com/life-style/people/2024/04/22/earth-day-love-letters-and-tender-meditations-to-...www.rte.ie/lifestyle/living/2024/0422/1444946-earth-day-tips-to-living-more-sustainably-at-home/www.earthday.org/ @earthdaynetwork @dept_ecc @greenparty_ie @malcolmnoonan @greenrep.longford @greenschoolsire @unep @earthwatcheurope @earthwatch @irishenvnet @irishenvironmentalist @national.biodiversity.week @theheritagecouncil @repakrecycling ... See MoreSee Less
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Voices of Children across #Ireland on #EarthDay2024 #LáAnDomhain2024Tom, Lisburn,16yrs ‘Sea/ Land/ Sky/ People/Ireland/World.’ Sadhbh, Co Kerry, 5yrs, ‘I’ll protect you from plastic’. Aedin, Cork, 7yrs ‘Our very Precious Planet.’ Isa, Dublin, 8yrs ‘Our Environment’ #PlanetVsPlastics#MuseumOfChildhoodIreland #EarthDay #láandomhain #MúsaemÓigeNahÉireann kids.nationalgeographic.com/celebrations/article/earth-dayen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_Dayecounesco.ie/world-earth-day/www.irishtimes.com/life-style/people/2024/04/22/earth-day-love-letters-and-tender-meditations-to-...www.rte.ie/lifestyle/living/2024/0422/1444946-earth-day-tips-to-living-more-sustainably-at-home/www.earthday.org/ ... See MoreSee Less
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“My father passed away when I was two years old. While I have no memories of him, his death cast a shadow of sadness, grief and poverty over my family. Emotional, mental and financial struggle were never too far from our door.The dress is not fully present and appears somewhat in a state of repair. Its stillness and silence creates a sense of vulnerability. The imprint of the delicate fabric and stitching are combined to highlight our fragility. Holes, ripped seams and torn fabrics for example become the rents and tears in life.Techniques are combined to create fragile atmospheres, perhaps to suggest that a wisp of our experiences remains continually with us or that a piece of us is slowly ebbing away.This black on ivory mono print of a little dress looks at the experience and journey of loss and grief. The narrative is at once singular and universal.”Adelle Hickey.From the Museum of Childhood Ireland Músaem Óige na hÉireann Collections #Art #WorldArtDay2024 #WorldArtDay #MuseumOfChildhoodIreland #MúsaemÓigeNahÉireann #agardenofexpression#cultivatingcommunitythroughart #UNESCO #Childhood #Children #grief The theme for World Art Day 2024 is "A Garden of Expression: Cultivating Community Through Art.” The theme for World Art Day varies from year to year, focusing on different aspects of how art impacts society and our personal lives. www.unesco.org/en/days/world-artmuseumofchildhood.ie/dreaming/Art work. Dreaming. Mono print. Artist Adelle Hickey Hearts of Ireland UNESCO UNESCO Youth ... See MoreSee Less
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It was sunny that day. I was probably about three years old. My memory is vague, but it is certainly my first ever memory. The summer of 1963 in Belfast in our back garden. We had a massive back garden, and at the back of the house was a yard where we would skip and play. My fist memory is of my brother Tom swinging me around. I was laughing and so was he, there was a big chestnut tree at the side of the yard, and the sunlight flecked through its leaves and branches onto my face. How lucky am I that my first memory was such a happy one. I didn’t realise it at the time that not everyone lived in a happy home.We were very lucky. My father had promised my mother when they were courting that he would build her a house in Fruithill Park, which was West Belfast’s most affluent street, the leafy suburbs. He was a penniless plumber at the time and my mother laughed, holding on to his hand even tighter. When they got married and had their first child, Tom, they didn’t even have a home of their own. They lived with my father’s sister Annie and her husband and then with my mother’s father, my grandfather Johnny Quinn.My father was a master plumber and my mother was a woman who was a force of nature in so many ways. He started his own plumbing business with her giving him the confidence and courage to do so. He got his first job from a catholic priest whose parish was in Toombridge, cycling the 45km with his tools on his rucksack, did an excellent job and then cycled home. Other catholic priests started to give him jobs. He started his own business TP Mc Cartney and sons Limited. That was really something for a catholic plumber to become a catholic businessman in the 1950s.So after their sixth child Joseph was born in the April of 1955 the Mc Cartney family moved into their detached house, number 22 Fruithill Park. My father Tommy Mc Cartney was a man of his word. My mother would go on to have another six children in total, five boys, and seven girls. Tom, Brid, Maire, Clare, Frances, Joseph, Edmund, Stephen, Katherine, Patricia, John and Therese. We had a very happy family life. My brother John and I often said that we were the Walton’s* of Fruithill Park, complete with our very own John Boy. Unlike many families in West Belfast our family remained intact through the many years of the troubles. We had many happy Christmas dinners in that house, and parties and christenings in the garden. My father died in his bed in that house in the December of 1990, a sad day for our family, but especially for my mother Mary who has lost her husband and best friend. Something changed in the family that day and our lives would never truly be the same.Catherine Mc Cartney.* en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_WaltonsRead the story here: museumofchildhood.ie/stories-of-our-childhoods/ #childhood #SnapShot #Family #museumofchildhoodireland #músaemóigenahéireann #fathers #mothers #TheWaltons #TV #1960s #children #Belfast ... See MoreSee Less
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Berney’s father made the little wooden dresser for her in the 1930s when she was a small child.It received new coats of paint in the 1960s and again in 1970s as it came back into use in the family, with Chinese blue Willow china crockery, and other dolls’ tea sets, on its shelves.Berney was born in 1929 and grew up in the 1930s-1940s in Limerick city centre with her parents, John and Essie Connelly and her two brothers.Her father developed lung disease in the 1950s, after many years of working on the trains and inhaling coal smoke. John was an invalid for his last years. He had been a merchant seaman and was artistic and clever with his hands. He drew, he wrote poems, wood worked, and later he did patchwork to pass the time when he could no longer move about.Read about Berney’s dresser and see all the photos here:👉 museumofchildhood.ie/berneys-dresser/#MuseumOfChildhoodIreland #Músaemóigenahéireann #Homemade #Handmade #Wood #Dresser #Children #Toys #teasets #China #Plastic #Limerick #Fathers ... See MoreSee Less
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