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MúsaemÓigeNahÉireann.Historic/contemporary,Islandwide/diaspora museum of childhood.Charity:20205452

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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Flowerboards are an important feature of Hong Kong’s cultural heritage. See some featured in #stpatricksday parades, and read the trilingual blog here 👉 museumofchildhood.ie/cantonese-flowerboards-from-hong-kong-to-ireland/#museumofchildhoodireland#músaemóigenahéireann #Children #Education Cutting the template out 剪出模板 An teimpléad a ghearradh amachCantonese in Ireland The Museum of Childhood Ireland Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Cork City Libraries ... See MoreSee Less
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HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE.Photo taken at the Children's Playground, Cavehill Road, Belfast. 1960s. (Stanley Matchett / Belfast Telegraph) ... See MoreSee Less
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Easter 1910, Dublin. Cabinet card by the Stanley Studio. A hand-written note records that the photograph is of ‘Aileen at the age of 4 years and 10 months.’ Blog by Jacolette, Orla Fitzpatrick. jacolette.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/happy-easter-from-1910s-dublin-cabinet-card-by-the-stanley-stu...#easter #Rabbits #Children #photographs #Dublin #ireland #museumofchildhoodireland#músaemóigenahéireann ... See MoreSee Less
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“A photograph can tell so many stories. Here is my photograph with my classmates from Mourne Road School in Drimnagh, on my First Communion day.The brass rabbits will be forever associated with Mourne Road School! Look closely at the first photo below and you can see the rabbits cast from brass, on the newel post.This picture conjures ‘sambos’ – corn-beef or cheese sandwiches smothered in margarine, and the hot cross bun that you got in our school in the 1980s. Food that some people look back on with horror, but which I lapped up. It brings to mind also my parents, in the prime of their lives, standing on the field in Drimnagh with a prayer book in hand. My ‘Ma’, (a term of affection we don’t often hear today), taking my photograph with a disposable camera, then driving to visit my relatives in the back of our small Renault. ( I remember with fondness other trips in the car around that time, especially to the beach at Sandymount. After this time our family never had a car again.) My brothers were also in their best clothes. I remember receiving money as a gift, and imagining all the good things I might be able to buy. Imagination is a great thing!But, it also makes me sad. My school friend David Kane ( top right in the photo) died of cancer shortly afterwards.I remember walking up from the school in floods of tears. I could not believe what had happened to David, and an old woman stopping me to ask “what is wrong son?” “Ray Esten.Read the stories here: 👉 museumofchildhood.ie/stories-of-our-childhoods/#museumofchildhoodireland #MúsaemÓigeNahÉireann #MourneRoad #Drimnagh #School #Loss #Child #Childhood #parents #FirstCommunion #1980s #snapshots ... See MoreSee Less
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“This is the Irish dancing costume that I wore when I was six years old in Ballyfermot, Dublin, over 60 years ago. I wanted so badly to be an Irish dancer and tormented my poor mother for a dress, as all the other girls in the local Irish Dancing class had one. My mother could not afford a new dress so she bought mine second-hand from a woman she knew locally. When I joined the dancing class I learned very quickly that there were favourites, and so unfortunately I never got a look in. Perhaps it was because all the items of my costume from dress to shoes were cast-offs?I only lasted in the school for a few weeks and left feeling very dejected indeed.It taught me a good lesson though, and I carried that with me all my life.I’m delighted to donate my dress in 2024 to the Museum of Childhood Ireland Músaem Óige na hÉireann with the hope that it makes adults with responsibility for, or working with children pause, even if just for just a moment, to consider the impact of their actions on the children.”Ger Murphy.museumofchildhood.ie/ger-murphys-irish-dancing-costume-1970s/#irishdancing #IrishDanceCostume #rince #ballyfermot #Dublin #Ireland #museumofchildhoodireland#músaemóigenahéireann #everychildmatters ... See MoreSee Less
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With thanks to Amy Clarke for her overview of Education in Ireland 1920-1940. It makes for a very interesting read. 👉https://museumofchildhood.ie/education-in-1920s-ireland/👉https://museumofchildhood.ie/education-in-1930s-ireland/👉https://museumofchildhood.ie/1940s-education-in-ireland/#museumofchildhoodireland #músaemóigenahéireann #children #childhood #education #teachers #primary #secondary #history #child The Heritage Council Irish Museums Association Department of Education (Ireland)Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Maynooth University Library Maynooth University Department of History, Maynooth University ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you to 9 year old Esten from Dublin for sending us in this gorgeous drawing to raise awareness of #nationalpuppyday of puppy mills and the inhumane treatment of dogs #puppies #puppylove #dog #children #childhood #childvoice #pets #dogs #ActivismMatters #activists #ireland #museumofchildhoodireland #músaemóigenahéireann www.nationalpuppyday.com/www.newsweek.com/puppy-mill-warning-national-puppy-day-1882362 ... See MoreSee Less
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Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!Wonderful friendly, fun parade today in #Greystones #CoWicklow Well done to the organisers and groups of children and adults who took part 🙏☘️❤️We’d to see your photos and hear about your local St Patrick’s Day parade? #MuseumOfChildhoodIreland #músaemóigenahéireann#stpatricksday2024 #stpatricksday #LáFéilePádraig ... See MoreSee Less
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In curriculum documentation,the concept of a #child stayed consistent (1920s/30s)’a child needed to be filled wth knowledge,moulded into perfection by strict discipline & the amassing of vast quantities of factual data.’ A Clarke museumofchildhood.ie/education-in-1920s-ireland/#MúsaemÓigeNahÉireann #MuseumOfChildhoodIreland ... See MoreSee Less
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Did you make badges in the days leading up to St Patrick’s day as a child? Growing up in Wicklow, we used our homemade ribbon and cardboard ones year after year, updating them as needed. Unfortunately none have survived…And always green ribbons in our hair! Our parents wore shamrock. What about your traditions at home? Have you still got the badges you made? Do you still make them? We’d love to hear from you! Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhaoibh! Happy St Patrick's Day!Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig dhuit!#stpatricksday2024 #LáFhéilePádraig“For a week or so preceding the National Festival, the grown members of the family are occupied in making “St Patrick’s Crosses” for the youngsters, boys and girls; because each sex have a radically different “Cross”. The “St Patrick’s Cross” for boys, consists of a small sheet of white paper, about three inches square, on which is inscribed a circle which is divided by elliptical lines or radii, and the spaces thus formed are filled in with different hues, thus forming a circle of many colored compartments Another form of St Patrick’s Cross is obtained by drawing a still smaller circle, and then six other circles, which have points in the circumference of this circle, as their centre, and its centre as their circumferential point, are added; after which one large outer encompasses the whole, thus forming a simple and not inartistic attempt at imitating those circles or bosses of Our beautiful Celtic cross pattern. The many spaces, concave, convex or otherwise, thus formed are then shaded in; each a different hue and constitutes the “St Patrick’s Cross”….(Danaher 1972, 60)He goes on to say that little boys wore their crosses on their caps (Danaher 1972. 60).For the girls Mac Lir notes that the cross is formed of two pieces of card-board or strong thick paper, about three inches long, which are places at right angles, forming a cross humette. These are wrapped or covered with silk or ribbon of different colors, and a bunch or rosette of green silk in the centre…. (Danaher 1972. 60).The cross was then worn pinned to the chest or shoulder of the girl (Danaher 1972. 60).Danaher, P. 1972. The Year in Ireland. Cork: The Mercier Press. Find some good art and craft links for St Patrick’s Day ☘️ here: Badges: mariasplace.com/st-patricks-day-badge/Art: balancinghome.com/shamrock-coloring-printable/Craft: www.ribbonsandglue.com/lucky-shamrock-coin-bags-diy.html#.WIeiy7YrJgc ... See MoreSee Less
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The 11th of March marked the 10th anniversary of the death of Ireland’s incredible #ChristineBuckley activist, campaigner, director of Aislinn, the support and education group for survivors of Irish Industrial Schools. museumofchildhood.ie/christine-buckley/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy Mother’s Day, Lá na Máithreacha! #museumofchildhoodireland#Mothersday2024 #MothersDay#ireland #Celebrating #LáNaMáithreacha #MúsaemÓigeNahÉireann ... See MoreSee Less
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On #internationalwomensday2024 We’re celebrating & thanking all the incredible women involved in museumofchildhood.ie and everyone who supports 🙏 ❤️#internationalwomensday #internationalwomensday2024 #IWD2024 #museumofchildhoodireland #músaemóigenahéireann #thankyou #goraibhmaithagat #ireland🍀 #museum #museums #arts #culture #heritage #contemporary #history #Children #child #childhood ... See MoreSee Less
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Alison Finn and our friends at the fantastic Irish National Youth Ballet would love your help please! They are looking to borrow Irish dancing costumes for children age approximately 11-12 years, for an upcoming production. Two examples of Irish dancing costumes in our collection below: museumofchildhood.ie/lynsey-mccarthys-irish-dancing-dress/museumofchildhood.ie/mary-kennys-irish-dancing-costume/www.inybco.com/Contact: Alison FinnEmail: alisonfinn@gmail.comTelephone:+353 83 125 8260#irishdancing #irishdance #irishdancers #irishdancecostumes #irishdancedresses #museumofchildhoodireland #rince#músaemóigenahéireann #irishnationalyouthballet ... See MoreSee Less
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❤️ #SeachtainNaGaeilge “Bhain rudaí ar leith le gach séasúr/duilleoga feoite le bailiú le do chos agus tú ag siúl gar don scoil,an leac oighir sna locháin sráide sa ngeimhread…museumofchildhood.ie/nuair-a-bhioma… museumofchildhood.ie/nuair-a-bhiomar-inar-rithe-agus-banriona-ar-an-mbotharmairead-ni-nuadhain/#NuairABhíomarInárRítheAgusBanríonaArAnmBóthar #MúsaemÓigeNahÉireann #RosComáin ... See MoreSee Less
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Is breá linn #SeachtainNaGaeilge 1-17 Márta 2024 #músaemóigenahéireann #nuairabhíomarinárrítheagusbanríonaaranmbóthar ❤️ museumofchildhood.ie/nuair-a-bhiomar-rithe-agus-banriona-an-bhothair-cathal-mac-coille/ #andacyclist #whenwewerekingsandqueensoftheroad #museumofchildhoodireland ... See MoreSee Less
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Cór Chúil Aodha, the west Cork Gaeltacht male choir was founded by Seán Ó Riada in 1964.WATCH: ‘Aisling Gheal’ broadcast #OnThisDay in 1979 rte.ie/b/1433203 ... See MoreSee Less
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Are you interested in reading Irish with children?To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday the 7th of March, Muireann Ní Chíobháin, DCU Irish Language Writer in Residence, will host an online bilingual session for anyone interested in reading Irish with children. Grab a cup of coffee and join us in 'Café au Léamh' to discuss Irish language children's books and tips on how to engage with them.At this book tasting session, Muireann will read from her own work as well as show some of her favourites. Children, guardians and teachers are welcome with any questions about Irish language books they might have.Click here to register: launch.dcu.ie/3ThlgmK#WorldBookDay #DublinCityUniversity DCU Alumni DCU Global DCU Business School DCU Engineering DCU Educational Trust ... See MoreSee Less
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We hope everyone in snowy Dublin is keeping warm but aslo had fun today! Please tag us in any creative designs you made, we love to see them! ⛄️❄️ ... See MoreSee Less
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How about deep diving into our Museum collection?First up we have Rachel Finnegan’s Doll Kitchen from 1900s.This was originally made in Germany C.1900, and then brought to Ireland. It arrived complete with all the furnishings. In German the toy is known as a Puppenküche (literally a “dolls’ kitchen”)Read more about this exceptional toy: museumofchildhood.ie/rachel-finnegans-doll-kitchen/If you have any doll houses you have kept from your childhood, please share images and their stories with us to be featured in our posts! ... See MoreSee Less
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This rare Irish needlework instruction book contains samples of sewing, darning, embroidery, knitting and miniature clothing, and was used at the Female Model school in Kildare Place, Dublin. Sarah Darby 1837.The Museum of Childhood Ireland have contacted Freeman’s Hindman and will update again when we know further details. TWO EXTREMELY RARE NEEDLEWORK INSTRUCTION BOOKS WITH SAMPLES FROM THE FEMALE MODEL SCHOOL, KILDARE PLACE, DUBLIN, IRELAND, 1833-37. Sold: $3,304.00($2,800.00) Comprising “A Concise Account of the Mode of Instructing in Needle-Work… ” printed by Thomas I. White, Dublin, 1833, and “Specimens of Needle-Work Executed in the Female Model School…” printed by George Folds, the cover inscribed “Sarah Darby 1837” and including cloth samples of sewing, darning, embroidery, knitting, and miniature clothing. Each in marbleised covers, largest 9 ¼ x 6 inches. (One illustrated)Provenance: Witney Antiques, Oxon, England.needleworkbook#FemaleModelSchool #KildarePlace #DublinThis rare Irish needlework instruction book from 1833 contains samples of sewing, darning, embroidery, knitting and miniature clothing, and was used at the Female Model school in Kildare Place, Dublin. It is called 'A Concise Account of the Mode of Instructing in Needle-Work', and was printed by Thomas I. White of Dublin in 1833. The cover is inscribed 'Sarah Darby 1837'. These are normal needlework instruction manuals that the students would paste their work into.In May last year this book was auctioned by Freeman's Hindman of Philadelphia, PA, with an estimate of $3,000-$5,000!Source: Ireland and Peg's Cottage ... See MoreSee Less
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Celebrating the many great #books available to borrow from local #libraries on #IrelandReads day, we look at the importance of books read in childhood through our project #whatbookstaughtme Thanks to everyone who shared their books with us. 📚Read here👉: museumofchildhood.ie/ireland-reads-get-lost-in-a-good-book/Share a photo of your favourite book or a book that was special to you in your youth and tell us why!? 📚 #getlostinagoodbook#museumofchildhoodireland #músaemóigenahéireann #childhood #books #literature #library #libraries #LibrariesTransform #readingtime #ireland Libraries Ireland Libraries NI ... See MoreSee Less
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Have a look at this lovely trapeze artist toy from our collection that belonged to Sean Doyle, born in 1921 in West Clare. Sean kept his Celluloid and Metal Acrobat Wind-up Toy – Arty the Trapeze Artist, Toyland Toy, safe in its box and took it with him when he moved to live in Limerick in 1958.#museumofchildhoodireland #múseumóigenahéireann ... See MoreSee Less
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Have you read our post “Berney’s Music Box Theatre”? “Toy theatres, primarily for use by children, were popular in Europe during the late 18th and early 19th century.”Rose Doyle kindly donated her collection to the Museum of Childhood Ireland in 2023 including a vintage, handmade wood and Venetian paper musical theatre box in the Commedia dell’ Arte tradition for her mother, Berney. Read more: museumofchildhood.ie/berneys-music-box-theatre/#MuseumOfChildhoodIreland #MúseumÓigeNahÉireann ... See MoreSee Less
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We just had to share this today….We love when this happens! A young #monaghan town fan of the #museumofchildhoodireland #músaemóigenahéireann shared a photo with us of her adorable #valentinesday2024 #teddybear , a gift from her father! ❤️ Hugs from all the museum team 🤗Do you have a favourite #teddybear ?#love ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy Pancake Tuesday everyone! Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday or Máirt na hInide is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Let us know if you celebrate this day and don’t forget to share your pancakes with us!#MuseumOfChildhoodIreland #MúsaemÓigeNahÉireann #MáirtnahInide #PancakeDay #ShroveTuesday #Childhood #IrishChildhood ... See MoreSee Less
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🥞 Lá na bPancóg 🥞 Pancake dayAs pancake day or 'Máirt na hInide - Shrove Tuesday' takes place tomorrow. We thought it would be useful to provide an ingredients visual to help prepare you all for making your pancakes 🥰We will have another upload tomorrow with more pancake related language to use with your little ones 🥞 ... See MoreSee Less
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What a joyful, fun, creative day today at Robert Emmet Community Development Project SICCDA (South Inner City Community Development Association) for The Museum of Childhood Ireland ongoing collaborative child and youth art projects. We enjoyed every second of it:museumofchildhood.ie/childrens-art-workshops/Huge thanks to all the fantastic young artists/creators who joined us today and to Artist Sasha, Olena, Dakota and everyone who helped ❤️ Thanks as always go to Faber-Castell Ireland for the gorgeous materials 🙏It takes a village….What a village #dublin8 #bankholidayweekend #art #craft #create #museumofchildhoodireland #children #child #Youth #músaemóigenahéireann #carousel #carouselhorse #horse ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy St. Brigid's Day! Calling all creative minds to share photos of your homemade Brigid's crosses. Let's weave a virtual tapestry of joy and creativity! Share your photos with us and let the cross-making magic spread far and wide. ✨#museumofchildhoodireland #músaemóigenahéireann #brigidscross #StBrigidsDay #childhood ... See MoreSee Less
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On Tuesday, January 31st 1984, St Brigid’s eve, in Granard, County Longford, fifteen year old child Ann Lovett left school and made her way to a Grotto dedicated to the Virgin Mary in her hometown in the Irish midlands. By the statue of Our Lady, she gave birth, alone, to her infant son...So many of us vividly remember how profoundly the report of her lonely death affected, and changed us forever.The story shocked the nation and left many asking how such a thing could happen. For others it was an opportunity to finally reveal similar stories that had remained hidden for decades. The Gay Byrne Show on RTÉ Radio began to receive letters from all over the country – "Too many letters. They couldn't be ignored."en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_LovettPoem by Leo CullenThanks Leo for sending the full text. Annunciationto the memory of Ann Lovett d. January 31, 1984 You saw the bumble bee in the garden and you said, look, a bumble bee in the cup of the flower, and your eyes and ears and throat were abuzz with the world. You saw the robin, he hopped over to where you sat in the sun and you said, look, a robin, he’s watching me, and he pecked a tattoo into the earth like he was pecking holes into the tapestry of your cloak. You saw leaf-gum you’d chewed and taken from your mouth and placed on the carpenter’s seat and it congealed and wouldn’t come off so that you studied the wood and grain with unusual care and you said, look, it will become part of the seat. All these things you were seeing in the garden and you didn’t envisage a time not far off when you would birth a baby, whose arms would never outstretch in pleading: mama, give me. And that his year would never come when you would tell him to make his bed so that he would say, why do I have to make my bed, and so you would answer, because you have to lie in it and because I love you. Even if that day in the garden when the light poured down its announcement upon your pale face your heart was already tilting toward these new kinds of things: Look – the stars, the cold, the Blue Lady, the gasp of night, the touch, the pain.And you bled with the love. You, first to reveal to us our Lost. ... See MoreSee Less
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SICCDA and The Museum of Childhood Ireland will be hosting a free children’s art workshop in Robert Emmet CDP. All necessary materials will be provided.Workshop - Saturday 3rd February Time - 11AM - 1:30PM To register, please follow the link: t.me/SICCDA/2405 or email olenap@siccda.ie ... See MoreSee Less
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Continuing our playground investigation from last week, July 2022 marked a significant change in Irish playground histories. Ireland’s first fully inclusive playground opened in Cork for families and children with neuro-physical disabilities. Through working with children and adults with disabilities and their families, The Crann Centre found out that children were missing out on the benefits of outdoor play which later impacted their emotional and physical wellbeing. This fully inclusive playground is within the Crann centre, available via booking from their website; cranncentre.ie/accessible-playground-leisure-area/#MuseumOfChildhoodIreland #MúsaemÓigeNahÉireann #Playground #InclusivePlaygrounds #Childhood #Play #IrishChildhood #IrishPlaygrounds Crann Centre ... See MoreSee Less
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