Nuair a Bhíomar inár Ríthe agus Banríona ar an mBóthar: Cían Ó Gríofa

Nuair a bhínn ag dul ar scoil sna 2000í agus sna 2010í, bhí sé d’ámháraí an tsaoil agam go raibh mé im chónaí gar don scoil an chuid ba mhó den am. D’fhreastail mé ar Scoil Phádraig Naofa do Bhuachaillí. Ina dhiaidh sin, timpeall an chúinne liom go dtí an De La Salle i mBaile… Continue reading Nuair a Bhíomar inár Ríthe agus Banríona ar an mBóthar: Cían Ó Gríofa

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Cian Griffin

When I was going to school in the 2000s and 2010s, I was lucky enough that for most of my time, I lived a 10 minute walk from the school. I went to St. Patrick’s BNS for primary school, and then around the corner from that to De La Salle in Wicklow Town for my… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Cian Griffin

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Alison Finn

My walk to school. My walk was about twenty minutes from Valley Park in Finglas, to St. Dominics in Cabra. I usually walked with my sisters, but there was every possibility that we would meet others walking the same walk. The route has changed quite a lot over time. For the first couple of years,… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Alison Finn

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Latisha McCrudden

My school journey My school journey from the age of four to eighteen, through primary and secondary was overall mostly positive. I would split my school journey into two parts, the time I grew up in a domestic abuse home until I was fourteen, and the four years after. I grew up in a small… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Latisha McCrudden

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Sophie Grenham

Sophie Grenham on a visit to Hong Kong, 2016. Image credit: Eoin Rafferty

Sophie Grenham’s Journey to School I had two childhoods. One was chiefly from infancy to my early teens in Hong Kong and the remainder was spent in my family’s native Dublin. Hong Kong, when I think of it, feels like a dream, as I’ve been in Ireland for so long. This thrumming, chaotic island in… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Sophie Grenham

‘A sadder sight it would be impossible to witness’: Criticism of the hiring fair and child labour in County Donegal in the early twentieth century.

By Megan McAuley ‘I recall the hiring fair in Letterkenny, when the small farmers’ sons and daughters were forced to offer themselves for auction to the ranchers in the Lagan Valley. They stood on the footpaths, had their muscles examined by the big farmers, and eventually were hired to them for a few paltry pounds… Continue reading ‘A sadder sight it would be impossible to witness’: Criticism of the hiring fair and child labour in County Donegal in the early twentieth century.

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Chloe Browne

Maggie’s Birthday Bus Growing up in a rural area on the Westmeath/Meath border, I was no stranger to a school bus. The bus acted as the bookends to my day, and was the social highlight of every schooling stage from four to eighteen. The very political hierarchy of seat selection, the sharing of snacks, the… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Chloe Browne

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Leo Cullen

Journey to School My father, who was never quite sure of dates, always being far too busy, told me I started school in September 1952. Because of that I’ve always believed that in January 1955 – when a most important event in my life occurred – I was in first class at the Brothers, taught… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Leo Cullen

When We Were Kings And Queens of the Road: Bridget Goulding

Growing up in mid-Cork, we were lucky to live close to Kilmurry National School which was about a mile away. It was a four roomed school with four teachers. Two for boys and two for girls. Blackboards and chalk were the only learning tools and for the first few years I used a pen and… Continue reading When We Were Kings And Queens of the Road: Bridget Goulding

When We Were Kings And Queens of the Road: Katy Cox

My first walks were to and from Crane Infant School and Crane Junior School, Norman Avenue, Hanworth, Middlesex 1957- 1963. I must have started at Crane Infant School in 1957, but I don’t remember my exact age.I have no memory of the walk to school when I was an infant. Any memories I have about… Continue reading When We Were Kings And Queens of the Road: Katy Cox