John and Michael’s Toy Garage

“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, where my father was the County Hospital surgeon.  By that stage they had two small boys, myself Michael and… Continue reading John and Michael’s Toy Garage

Snapshots of our Childhood

Áine Furey, 1980s A photo of me In sixth year, just before sitting my Leaving Certificate exams Sitting the leaving certificate Art exam I 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… 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

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

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

Childhood Services Week Seachtain Seirbhísí Leanaí May 2024

13th-17th May 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. It’s a picture book that the Museum of Childhood Ireland Músaem Óige na hÉireann feels is for everyone. Karolina Olchowska felt it was important to… Continue reading Childhood Services Week Seachtain Seirbhísí Leanaí May 2024

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

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

Easter, An Cháisc

Easter basket making, at the Rober Emmet CDP, Saturday 23rd March. In preparation for the upcoming Easter egg hunt at St Audeon’s, come and make your own basket for collecting eggs! Spring into Activity at Audoen’s Park, Dublin on Saturday 30th March. Join the Museum of Childhood Irelands’s Dakota and Sofia, with SIDDCA for a… Continue reading Easter, An Cháisc