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

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

Bloomsday 2024: Young Author Competition

Diary of a Selkie in The Future. By Maggie Wednesday the 16th of June I wake up as normal to the sound of the strong, gentle silver lappings that lead to my home in Cullane underwater City splashing against the rocky land. The city is the most fantastic place I have ever been with its… Continue reading Bloomsday 2024: Young Author Competition

Dante to Joyce

Project began in 2023, and continues in 2024+ To celebrate both Dante Day or Dantedi and Bloomsday we’ve developed another first, a lovely Irish-Italian collaborative project on Dante Alighieri and James Joyce for young children in both countries. The project is a collaborative concept and initiative of the Museum of Childhood  Ireland and Tortorelle school,… Continue reading Dante to Joyce

Angela Finegan’s Upside Down, Cinderella Doll

1st-She serves as a maid to her step-mother and sisters 2nd- She goes to the ball! The upside down Cinderella doll came from our aunt in Winchester, England. A neighbour of hers made the dolls from scraps of material. One year, for each of our birthdays a doll arrived in the post to us in… Continue reading Angela Finegan’s Upside Down, Cinderella Doll

Ger Murphy’s Irish Dancing Costume 1970s

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… Continue reading Ger Murphy’s Irish Dancing Costume 1970s

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: Gary Doyle

In 1981, I was ten years old, attending 4th class at Sacred Heart Primary School in Killinarden. My walk to school was never speedy, as I was a bit of a daydreamer, never scurrying out the door or calling for friends because I was happy enough on my own. I was kept company by the… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Gary Doyle