Toys

  • 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 my younger brother John.  Living in Donegal our mother… Continue reading John and Michael’s Toy Garage
  • Model Mangle Toy
    A vintage toy model mangle*, made from pressed metal and wood. It is a Butler Series toy, made in England, and in working condition. ‘It’s like Mother’s’ *Mangles, also known as wringers, were a domestic item used in the home in laundry work, to squeeze or wring water out of washed clothes before drying. The original box would have been similar to this one… Continue reading Model Mangle Toy
  • Richard Collier’s Toy Collection
    Toy Collecting Growing up, watching TV was a big part of my childhood. Naturally, when Christmas and birthdays came around, I would ask for the toys associated with those cartoons and movies. Many hours were spent browsing toys in Banba Toymaster Dun Laoghaire, hoping that I could get the toys I wanted and those that I knew would be too expensive to even ask… Continue reading Richard Collier’s Toy Collection
  • Anna’s ‘Nenagh’ and Rose’s ‘Clonmel’ doll prams
    Anna, in Co Wicklow and Rose, in Limerick, were both the proud owners of beautiful Irish made doll prams. Castle Brand, Nenagh. Irish Aluminium Company. Castle Brand is a tributary reference to Nenagh Castle. The second pram label reads Clonmel. Our research is ongoing. Do get in touch if you have any information. email: mmcallister@museumofchildhood.ie The Irish Aluminium Company Ltd‘s first factory was established… Continue reading Anna’s ‘Nenagh’ and Rose’s ‘Clonmel’ doll prams
  • Berney’s little wooden Dresser and Tea Sets
    Berney’s father made the dresser for her in the 1930s when she was a small child. It received new coats of paint in the 1960s and again in 1970s as it came back into use in the family, with Chinese blue Willow china crockery, and other dolls’ tea sets, on its shelves. Berney was born in 1929 and grew up in the 1930s-1940s in… Continue reading Berney’s little wooden Dresser and Tea Sets
  • Angela’s Holly Hobby Sewing Machine 1970s, Palmerstown
    ” I loved this little sewing machine. Our mam, in those days, made a lot of our clothes and the machine reminded me of the Singer one that she used. We usually had special outfits made for us at Christmas and Easter by mam. It was more economical to make clothes than to buy them in the 70s and 80s, and I remember shopping… Continue reading Angela’s Holly Hobby Sewing Machine 1970s, Palmerstown
  • Sean’s Acrobat
    This energetic little gymnast on a bar belonged to Sean Doyle, who was born in 1921 in West Clare. The toy dates from the 1930s and was made in Japan. Sean was the eldest of a large family who worked a small farm and were not well off, so toys like this were precious. Sean kept his Celluloid and Metal Acrobat Wind-up Toy –… Continue reading Sean’s Acrobat
  • 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 1930s. Berney Doyle, née Connolly, was born in 1929,… Continue reading Berney’s Music Box Theatre
  • Rose Doyle’s toys & clothing
    Family Rose’s family lived on the Ennis Road in Limerick City from 1957 to 2023, in the same semi-detached house with gardens back and front. Rose was born in 1959 and she was a bit older than the next two siblings and more than a decade older than the youngest. She was careful with her special toys; she was allowed to play with some… Continue reading Rose Doyle’s toys & clothing
  • Máire’s Triang pushchair
    Triang toy pushchair manufactured in Belfast and played with by Máire-Ann Doyle, Mt Merrion, Dublin in the 1960s. Even with years of play the original label is still attached.  Lines Brothers, PedigreeWorks, Castlereagh  Watch beautiful Triang footage here, directed by Gael Linn 1963: Toys, Buy Now for Christmas – Amharc Éireann: Eagrán 201 Find more information on Triang here: https://www.brightontoymuseum.co.uk/index/Category:Tri-ang Brighton Toy and Model… Continue reading Máire’s Triang pushchair
  • Carole Cullen & Muffin the Mule
    “Muffin the Mule is a marionette beloved in my childhood. I grew up in rural North Cornwall in a old house which creaked with age and charm. My family consisted of my father who worked in adult education, my mother who taught elocution and piano, my granny who cooked and loved us, and my sister Janet who was four years older than I. She… Continue reading Carole Cullen & Muffin the Mule
  • Peter Craven’s Bayko & Meccano
    Peter in 1963, aged 9 I was born in England in 1953. Both my parents were from County Cork but had emigrated to Sidcup in the south of England after the war. My dad was a GP and my mother acted as his secretary answering the phone and arranging appointments. So both of my parents were pretty busy and I spent a fair amount… Continue reading Peter Craven’s Bayko & Meccano
  • John & Michael Kelly’s Toy Fort 1960s
    The Fort ( and toy soldiers) was handmade by Tom Kelly, Glasnevin, Co Dublin in the early 1960s for his sons John and Michael Kelly, and played with until the 1990s by their nephew Mark O’Connor pictured below. Tom Kelly, the fort maker, with his daughter Lorraine The fort all set up for play at Tom’s house The instruction booklet is dated 1958
  • Jonathan Kelly’s Star Wars Collection
    From January 2023, Star Wars on display at Bloomfields Shopping Centre, Dúnlaoghaire, Co Dublin.  “I first saw the Star Wars film ‘A new Hope” on TV at home in Drimnagh in 1982. I thought it was like nothing I had ever seen before.  In or around September 1981 or 1982, I was on my way to school* early one morning, and noticed a large… Continue reading Jonathan Kelly’s Star Wars Collection
  • Harry’s Toy Circus, ‘Overland’
    Harry, from Co Wicklow, was given the toy circus in the 1990s as a secondhand toy handed down from his uncle, who had been given it secondhand by a neighbour when he was a child. Pull-toy with draft horses hitched to caged wagon holding a tiger. Driver sitting on rooftop bench. ‘OVERLAND CIRCUS’ embossed on each side of the wagon. 14″ long, 7.25″ H.,… Continue reading Harry’s Toy Circus, ‘Overland’
  • Karol O’Connor’s Action Force & Action Man Collections
    From late December 2022 onwards, see Action Force and Action Man pop-up exhibitions at Bloomfields Shopping Centre and Bank of Ireland, Dúnlaoghaire.  “I have a childhood collection of toys made by the British company Palitoy. Action Man was made by the same company but they decided to shrink Action Man down from 12″ scale to the new industry standard scale of 3.75″ at the… Continue reading Karol O’Connor’s Action Force & Action Man Collections
  • Patrick’s View Master
    Patrick Dillon received his first View Master as a child in the midlands in the 1970s and subsequently added to his collection buying new and older secondhand pieces down through the years. View-Master, Museum of Childhood Ireland, McAllister collection. VIEW-MASTER’S 80th birthday! 1939-2019 View-Master is the trademark name of a line of special-format stero scopes and corresponding View-Master “reels”, thin cardboard disks containing seven… Continue reading Patrick’s View Master