Nuair a Bhíomar inár Ríthe agus Banríona ar an mBóthar: Cían Ó Gríofa

Nuair a bhínn ag dul ar scoil sna 2000í agus sna 2010í, bhí sé d’ámháraí an tsaoil agam go raibh mé im chónaí gar don scoil an chuid ba mhó den am. D’fhreastail mé ar Scoil Phádraig Naofa do Bhuachaillí. Ina dhiaidh sin, timpeall an chúinne liom go dtí an De La Salle i mBaile… Continue reading Nuair a Bhíomar inár Ríthe agus Banríona ar an mBóthar: Cían Ó Gríofa

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Cian Griffin

When I was going to school in the 2000s and 2010s, I was lucky enough that for most of my time, I lived a 10 minute walk from the school. I went to St. Patrick’s BNS for primary school, and then around the corner from that to De La Salle in Wicklow Town for my… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Cian Griffin

Berney’s Music Box Theatre

Vintage, handmade wood and Venetian paper musical theatre box in the Commedia dell’ Arte tradition, bought on the Piazza Navona in Rome, Italy, at Al Sogno* the old toyshop, in the early 1990s by Rose for her mother, Berney, who had fond memories of playing with a similar toy theatre in her childhood in Ireland the… Continue reading Berney’s Music Box Theatre

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

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Latisha McCrudden

My school journey My school journey from the age of four to eighteen, through primary and secondary was overall mostly positive. I would split my school journey into two parts, the time I grew up in a domestic abuse home until I was fourteen, and the four years after. I grew up in a small… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Latisha McCrudden

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Sophie Grenham

Sophie Grenham on a visit to Hong Kong, 2016. Image credit: Eoin Rafferty

Sophie Grenham’s Journey to School I had two childhoods. One was chiefly from infancy to my early teens in Hong Kong and the remainder was spent in my family’s native Dublin. Hong Kong, when I think of it, feels like a dream, as I’ve been in Ireland for so long. This thrumming, chaotic island in… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Sophie Grenham

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Adriaan Palm

Cycling, I can do it as long as I can remember. First a small bike, with two support wheels to help me balance. I can’t remember how long it took me to learn how to cycle, but in real terms it can’t have been very long. Maybe a few weeks. Then came primary school, Bloemcampschool… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Adriaan Palm

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Leanne McDonagh

“We never knew when daddy would come to pick us up from school with the horse and sulky cart but when he did there was fierce excitement for the journey home.  I remember getting to the gates of the school and looking to spot the big blue HiAce van and trying to identify if it… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Leanne McDonagh

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