What have we been up to?

Our Children in War series.


Intergenerational Evening Talk with the inspirational Tomi Reichental, author of ‘I Was A Boy in Belsen’.


Dr Korcaz: Champion of the Child. With the IJM and HETI, we launched this exhibition with a panel discussion on Children’s Rights and then travelled the exhibition throughout Ireland over the following 12 months.


The Basque Children of ’37. We launched this exhibition at the European Commission Representation in Dublin, with an Irish and international panel of historians. It then toured islandwide (Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Athlone, Leitrim, Derry, Belfast, Warrenpoint…until the Covid-19 lockdown.


To be announced soon…

Monthly Exhibitions at Bank of Ireland, Dún Laoghaire, from 2017 have included:

  • The Childhood Enid Blyton collection of Dr Damien O’Muiri.
  • Christening Gowns and rattles
  • Boys clothing 1950-1960
  • Beatrix Potter Books, a local girl’s story
  • Annuals 1970
  • Children’s shoes and gloves
  • Ephemera of Childhood
  • Superheros and Supervillians
  • Dinky and Corgi models
  • The 1917 Scrapbook of Shirley Lewis age 10, Dublin
  • Happy 90th Birthday Nancy Drew

Coming soon: The story of Linda (Betty) Egan

Work in progress!

Displays: With thanks to Bloomfields Shopping Centre, Dún Laoghaire.

The Crolly Doll Collection. Donated to the Museum of Childhood Ireland Project by sisters Anne O’Leary and Teresa Kelly. Collection spans the years from the opening of the factory in 1939 to its closure in the1970s. It was an integral part of the the social history of the town of Croithlí or Croichshlí in the Gaeltacht parishes of Gweedore and The Rosses in the west of County Donegal. The dolls themselves also play an important role in the social history and stories of all Irish Children growing up during that period.

Dolls Houses

The Shirley Lewis Scrapbook, (age 10) Dublin 1917

The Sun Chair, Dublin, C.1900

The Clifford Family Cradle, Rus-in-Urbe, Dún Laoghaire, C. 1897-1910