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

Bloomsday 2024: Young Author Competition

Welcome to our annual Bloomsday competition. Please read on to learn about what’s involved, what to write, and how to submit an entry. Whether the author is a primary school pupil or a second level student, these core rules apply: Author guidelines See below for slightly different guidelines for primary pupils (typically, aged 12 or… Continue reading Bloomsday 2024: Young Author Competition

Education in 1920s Ireland

With the Irish Free State just coming into the Irish political sphere after the centuries long control by the United Kingdom, there needed to be a reconfiguration of the educational system within Ireland. This started with the creation of the Department of Education, which was formed on the 26th of August 1921, with Eoin MacNeill… Continue reading Education in 1920s Ireland

‘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.

EngageKilkenny

Monday 12th and Wednesday 14th June 2023. The Museum of Childhood Ireland was delighted to facilitate engagement by local children in Kilkenny with this wonderful town planning and heritage resource, which is anticipated to transform how Ireland’s historic towns are planned and managed. #EngageKilkenny is a digital, public engagement platform designed, developed and managed by… Continue reading EngageKilkenny

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Frank McDonald

"Truly Frank: A Dublin Memoir", Frank McDonald, Penguin Books, 2018.

Cycling to School through Droves of Cattle and Sheep As the first son of William and Maura McDonald, I grew up in Glenmore Road, a little cul-de-sac between Old Cabra Road and Blackhorse Avenue in what came to be known as Dublin 7. The house had been built in 1948, the year of my parents’… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Frank McDonald

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Robert Burns

Three o’clock and school was over. We slid out from behind our old wooden desks, the ones with the sloping desktop and the old inkwell holders, and darted out the door, making a beeline for the old shed where our bikes were stored.  It was early June and at 10 years old I was in… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Robert Burns

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Introduction

A “Travel to School” project by Robert Burns and the Museum of Childhood Ireland We are thrilled to introduce our newest project. This new and exciting campaign is the concept of Robert Burns. Robert is a civil engineer and director of Fingal County Council. He grew up in the Monaghan countryside in the 70s and… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Introduction