When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Paul Johnston

I grew up in a small market town in the Scottish Borders. If you drew a line from Edinburgh to Newcastle roughly half way along you’d find Galashiels, which means, in old Scots, “dwellings by the river Gala.” It sits at the confluence of the Tweed and Gala rivers, not far from Sir Walter Scott’s… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Paul Johnston

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

Literary museums

A new way to discover children’s books Stepping into literature If you’ve ever wished to step into the fascinating world of your most beloved books, we have good news for you. A revolutionary wave in museum design is now transforming this dream into a reality so you can become a character in your favourite fictional… Continue reading Literary museums

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

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: Chloe Browne

Maggie’s Birthday Bus Growing up in a rural area on the Westmeath/Meath border, I was no stranger to a school bus. The bus acted as the bookends to my day, and was the social highlight of every schooling stage from four to eighteen. The very political hierarchy of seat selection, the sharing of snacks, the… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Chloe Browne

When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Leo Cullen

Journey to School My father, who was never quite sure of dates, always being far too busy, told me I started school in September 1952. Because of that I’ve always believed that in January 1955 – when a most important event in my life occurred – I was in first class at the Brothers, taught… Continue reading When We Were Kings and Queens of the Road: Leo Cullen

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