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

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

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: 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

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

Community & Diaspora Engagement

Photo by Nils Nedel

Hello! Welcome to the Community Engagement programme at the Museum of Childhood Ireland, we’re thrilled you stopped by. Here you will find stories, memories and interviews shared by our friends and followers about all things childhood, and growing up in Ireland and amongst the diaspora.  We at the Museum feel that the community should be… Continue reading Community & Diaspora Engagement

Education in 1930s Ireland

Education in the 1930s in Ireland under the leadership of Thomas McDerrig, a Fianna Fail TD who was the Minister of Education from 1932-1939 Figure 1: Thomas Derrig, Minister for Education from 1932 to 1939 (Dubhghaill, 2022). Thomas Derrig was the Minister of Education from 1932 to 1939. Derrig was one of the founding members… Continue reading Education in 1930s Ireland