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Childhood and all that it means will be highlighted in a special Event Day to be held in Dún Laoghaire on Saturday, August 25th, as part of Heritage Week celebrations.

Organised by the Museum of Childhood Project Ireland, Event Day will include a host of activities ranging from important presentations and speeches to children’s games and archaeology digs.

Event Day will be opened on Saturday morning in the Royal Marine Hotel by the Minister of State for Higher Education, Ms Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD and the Chairperson of the Board of the Museum of Childhood Project, Dr Pat Donlon.

Following talks on Vulnerable Children and Childhood by historians Dr Richard McElligott, Dr Marnie Hay, Professor James Kelly, and Dr Beatrice Scutaru, there will be Children’s Rights Talks on the theme, opened by An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Cllr Ossian Smyth, with Dr Karen McAuley, Dr Fiona Donson, Dr Sheila Long and Mr Fergus Finlay.

Creative Writing Workshops will take place in the Lexicon Library, while an Archaeology Dig for Children, Childhood Games, Seanachi storytelling and music will feature in the grounds of St Michael’s Church.

Elsewhere, there will be events in Bloomfields Shopping Centre; Piggybank fund-raising shop for the Museum of Childhood Project ,Johnny Carr’s Playground on Library Road and the Bank of Ireland, Dun Laoghaire.

All events are free but booking is required for some through Eventbrite.ie.

Full details of Event Day are available on: www.museumofchildhood.ie