Tree Week 2021

Planting in Blackrock, Co Dublin for the Museum of Childhood Ireland’s Tree Week 2021

Tree Week: March 21st – 27th, 2021

The Museum of Childhood Ireland will be celebrating Tree Week 2021 by hosting a Zoom event on Thursday 25th March at 3pm in collaboration with Orla Farrell, Founder and Leader, Easy Treesie Project with Crann* https://crann.ie/

In this initiative by the MCI’s Youth Voices Team we will launch and screen our artist-in-residence, Fion Gunn’s work,  ‘Plant More Trees!’ (A virtual reality work) https://museumofchildhood.ie/artist-in-residence-fion-gunn/

Failte ‘is dia daoibh 

Welcome and hello from the Museum of Childhood Ireland /Musaem Óige na hÉireann an Islandwide and diaspora social history museum of children and childhood. Charity number: 20205452. Donations to support our work kindly received on our website: museumofchildhood.ie 

We are an unfunded voluntary museum and rely entirely on donations.

Some may get it instinctively but some may still be wondering what on Earth the Museum of Childhood Ireland is doing with TreeWeek, and why we have our wonderful Artist in Residence Fion Gunn launching  ‘plant more trees!’ ?

It’s simple really. We are interested in trees for all the reasons that everyone is interested in trees. For their usefullness to us, for health, positive mental health ,beauty, resources, inspiration, and of course in the planning of the museum, both in the physical building and the garden..

But the environment and our care of it for future generations is also one of the biggest concerns of our Youth Voices Team and it is directly because of them that our collaborative initiative with Easy Treesie at Crann has come about. Thank you to the team: 

  • Sinead O’Reilly
  • Alannah O’Sullivan
  • Freya Feeney
  • Jemi John
  • Emma Azim
  • Nicole Power
  • Precious Benjamin
  • Danny Sheehy and 
  • Danny Collins.
  • Our Youth Voices Team (14-19), soon be joined by our Child Voices Team (up to age 13), are a central element of the museum of Childhood Ireland and have been from the very start. Just as we began the museum, a consultant suggested that we’d find it easy to engage all age groups at the MCI , EXCEPT teenagers! That the name especially would put them off! The opposite is actually our experience. From our  first Event Day for HeritageWeek in 2017 where on a Sunday morning at 10am, 50 adolescents turned up for a creative workshop, planned for 15 Max, around some of the items from the Museum’s collection! ( don’t worry we hastily booked more time in the venue and in fact the last workshop finished at 7pm that evening and over 150 in total attended as word got out ) , and we haven’t looked back since then. 
  • Thank you to the  team for all that they bring and the relevance they bring to the project for a museum of Childhood in Ireland.
  • We are so honoured to have an International artist of Fion Gunn’s standing working with the Museum this year. From her birthplace in Ireland to her life in the UK, Fion represents our diaspora. Her art, her intelligence, her amazing facility with collaboration and her very good humour have made every moment of working alongside her really joyous. 
  • And Orla Farrell from Easy Treesie for Crann. We met at the start of the pandemic through a fundraiser for the Italian Red Cross, and I couldn’t conceive of ever not collaborating with her and her wonderful project to plant 1m trees ! with Ireland’s 1m children! 
  • And so about children, for children, with children, here we all are today for Tree Week
  • Thank you to everyone at home and across the world joining us today in planting more trees!  

Plant More Trees.

The structure of the event will be as follows:

• Brief welcome by Majella McAllister, The Museum of Childhood Ireland, MCI (5mins.)

• Brief introduction by Orla Farrell, Easy Treesie Project at Crann about our  collaboration. (5mins.)

• Screening of Plant More Trees by Artist-In-Residence at the MCI, Fion Gunn.  (5mins.)

• Q&A with Fion Gunn. (20mins.)Please see Fion’s work below.

• Q&A with the YV Team (10mins) 

• Invitation by Maria Soriano from the MCI, inviting our collaborators to speak about their tree planting ceremonies for Tree Week at their organisation. (5 mins each.)

This will be followed by Maria briefly outlining her proposal for an environmental awareness and planting project from the Museum of Childhood Ireland, which will engage our youngest citizens too! This will involve the MCI working with creches, montessori schools and playgroups across the island: Eat, Save, Reuse, Plant and Grow. ( 5 mins)

Please note that the event duration is scheduled for up to 1 hr 30 mins.

We are delighted to confirm that collaborating with us too this year for Tree Week, and receiving trees to plant prior to the event day are:

Killarney House and Gardens, Kerry.

The People’s Museum, Limerick.

The Robert Emmet Community Development Project, Dublin.

The NMI Museum of Country Life, Mayo.

The North Mayo Heritage Centre, Mayo.

Udaaya Museum, Nepal. 

INACS Istituto Nazionale Arte Cultura, Italy

The Art Centre, Highland Park, Illinois.

Alex Molly.

Launching on #WorldPoetryDay and #TreeWeek2021, we are honoured to have 12 year old Irish Poet Alex Molloy as our guest. The first poem he will recite is his own original composition, Ár Crann Dárach, but throughout the week we will upload Alex’s recitations or readings, made especially for the museum, of work by Irish poets with trees as their subject matter.