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

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

Literary museums

A new way to discover children’s books Stepping into literature If you’ve ever wished to step into the fascinating world of your most beloved books, we have good news for you. A revolutionary wave in museum design is now transforming this dream into a reality so you can become a character in your favourite fictional… Continue reading Literary museums

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Fion Gunn

Photo credit: Glyn Jones

Going to school in 1960s Cork When 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… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Fion Gunn

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Mary M. Trant

Journey to and from School – County Kerry, Ireland, 1950 After finishing some farm chores each morning, I began the journey to school with my big brother at my side, and at seven he was one year older than me. We went to school on foot and our Mum always stood between the two white… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Mary M. Trant

Anna’s ‘Nenagh’ and Rose’s ‘Clonmel’ doll prams

Anna, in Co Wicklow and Rose, in Limerick, were both the proud owners of beautiful Irish made doll prams. Castle Brand, Nenagh. Irish Aluminium Company. Castle Brand is a tributary reference to Nenagh Castle. The second pram label reads Clonmel. Our research is ongoing. Do get in touch if you have any information. email: mmcallister@museumofchildhood.ie… Continue reading Anna’s ‘Nenagh’ and Rose’s ‘Clonmel’ doll prams

Nuair a Bhíomar inár Ríthe agus Banríona ar an mBóthar: Aoife Ní Chorráin

In this recent photo, my blonde haired friend is Rhiannon, I’m the one in the middle, with Níamh on my right.

Ag éirí gach maidin le breacadh an lae chun an bus a fháil – ní raibh sé éasca! Is as an Lorgain mise ach d’fhreastail mé ar Ghaelscoil i gCathair Ard Mhacha agus ciallaíonn sin gur fhág a bus ag 7:30a.m gach lá. Éiríonn tú cleachta leis, ach mar dhéagóir leisciúil, tá sé dúshlánach!Ar an… Continue reading Nuair a Bhíomar inár Ríthe agus Banríona ar an mBóthar: Aoife Ní Chorráin

Nuair a Bhíomar inár Ríthe agus Banríona ar an mBóthar: Anna Sutcliffe

Tógadh mé i mBáile Átha Cliath agus bhí sé fíor-thábhachtach do mo thuistí go mbeidh Gaeilge agam. Dá bhrí sin, d’fhreastal mé ar Ghaelscoil Scoil Mológa i gCrois Araild ionas go mbeidh mé in ann Gaeilge a labhairt agus mé ar ais ar Oileán Acla. Rothaigh nó shiúl mé ar scoil chuile maidin le mo… Continue reading Nuair a Bhíomar inár Ríthe agus Banríona ar an mBóthar: Anna Sutcliffe