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Children of the Nation / Teaching 1916: What we told the Children

14:00 - 15:30

DIT Level 2: Room 2-046

Introduced by Nuala Carey

Children of the Nation

Childhood, gender and class in 1916: What was childhood like in 1916; when did it end; and how did it differ based on class, gender and geography? This talk will look at childhood in a rural and urban context, illuminating family life, work, school and play with images and references from literary and historical texts. Focusing on 1916, it will show the dramatic changes that had occurred in the experience of childhood from the end of the nineteenth century and into the Irish Free State. Was it the ‘miserable, Irish, Catholic childhood’ as Frank McCourt famously wrote; or what is the long history of childhood in Ireland?’

Sarah-Anne Buckley, Lecturer in History at the National University of Ireland Galway.


Teaching 1916: What we told the Children

Professor Fionnuala Waldron, Dean of Education, DCU Institute of Education, St. Patrick’s College


Photograph courtesy of the National Museum of Ireland 


Abbey Theatre, An Garda Siochana, Association of Professional Genealogists Ireland, Band of An Garda Siochana, Buswells Hotel, Capuchin Friary, Century Ireland, Cobblestone, Conradh na Gaeilge, Dubray Books Grafton Street, Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band, Dublin Institute of Technology, Eason’s O’Connell Street, Gallery of Photography. Garda Historical Society, Generator Hostel, Glasnevin Trust, Grafton Barbers, Hodges Figgis Dawson Street, Irish Film Archive, Irish Veteran & Vintage Car Club. John Shevlin Millinery, Little Museum of Dublin, Louis Copeland & Sons, Manning's Bakery, Massey Funeral Directors, Maynooth University, Merrion Square Artists Association, National College of Art and Design, National Library of Ireland, National Museum at Collins Barracks, National Transport Museum of Ireland, NUI Galway, Poetry Ireland, Queen's University Belfast, Royal College of Physicians in Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association, Royal Hibernian Academy, St Michan's Church of Ireland Parish, St Michan's Roman Catholic Parish, St Vincent de Paul, SIPTU, The Four Courts, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Limerick, University of Ulster, Whyte’s Irish Art & Collectables, National Print Museum, Irish Guild of Weavers Spinners & Dyers, ICA, Feltmakers Ireland, Irish Woodturners Guild, Doran Barber Shop The Pram Doctor, The Merrion Square Artists Association, The Dice Bar, Third Space, The Family Resource Centre St. Michael’s Estate, Brown Bag Films, The Stoneybatter and Smithfield People’s History Project, The Revenue Museum,

RTÉ would like to gratefully acknowledge the support and participation of the individual speakers who were kind enough to share their research and private collections with the public as part of the RTÉ Reflecting the Rising project. A big thanks also to the many volunteers and actors who gave their time so generously to help make RTÉ Reflecting the Rising a memorable and successful day.

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