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Colouring Books: A Valuable Resource For Children And Adults

History Of Colouring Books 'The McLoughlin Brothers are credited as the inventors of the colo(u)ring book, when, in the 1880s, they produced The Little Folks' Painting Book, in collaboration with Kate Greenaway. They continued to publish colo(u)ring books until the 1920s when the McLoughlin Brothers became part of the Milton Bradley Company. Another pioneer in the genre was Richard F. Outcault.… Continue reading Colouring Books: A Valuable Resource For Children And Adults

Goodies Versus Baddies: Protagonists Versus Antagonists In Children’s Books

Also see https://eileenmoynihan.wordpress.com/kids-and-teens-fan-club/ 'If there’s one thing every story needs, it’s conflict. And while conflict takes many forms, some of literature’s most beloved stories involve conflict in the classic form of the protagonist and antagonist. Without the white whale, Moby Dick is just a book about a guy who goes sailing and comes home. If there were no… Continue reading Goodies Versus Baddies: Protagonists Versus Antagonists In Children’s Books

Lá Fhéile Bríde

Happy St. Brigid’s Day! A piece by my cousin.

Ann Gerety Smyth

Since we opened Creative Ardagh, in Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre, 10 years ago, one of our favourite events, which wasn’t a particularly big one but was a very meaningful one to all who came, was our cross making workshop.

The usual crew came and had tea with us and we created crosses of all shapes and sizes, helped each other try out the new ones we found, or perfect the traditional one made locally. Everyone was tutor and student together.

Stories were told of Brigid, her connection to Ardagh, the meaning that could be drawn from each story, the significance of the well and everyone agreed to join the walk to the well on the 1st, a walk that has happened forever it seems.

Every St. Brigid’s Day the crosses made by the people of the parish are blessed in the church and everyone goes down to the well…

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Don’t Worry: Spanish Flu 1918-1919/ Covid 19 2019/2020-

Photo by Lalin Swaris Original photo shown in the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/Out-and-about-in-Longford-Town-625069381275919/ A recent Facebook posting got many people in County Longford (Ireland) and beyond interested in the effects of the Spanish Flu in Ireland and worldwide. It was an old photo of Longford (see above) showing a sign painted on the side of a… Continue reading Don’t Worry: Spanish Flu 1918-1919/ Covid 19 2019/2020-

The Ups And Downs Of Homeschooling Children During LockDown

Some people have been homeschooling for years and find it suits their families and their lifestyles and it has been a growing movement. For some it was for religious reasons, for others for a freer and broader type of education; sometimes it was because of bullying or to meet the needs of an individual child.… Continue reading The Ups And Downs Of Homeschooling Children During LockDown

New Year’s Resolutions For Kids

Also see https://eileenmoynihan.wordpress.com/kids-and-teens-fan-club/ Every New Year many people make New Year's resolutions. A resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something. A Children's Book About New Year's Resolutions Squirrel's New Year's Resolution, a 2010 Children's picture book written by Pat Miller and illustrated by Kathi Ember. It is about Squirrel who wants to… Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions For Kids

The Message Of Christmas Comes Alive With Living Cribs Or Nativity Scenes

Live Crib in St. Mel's Cathedral, Longford, Ireland 2019. Photo by Lalin Swaris The place that the shepherds found was not an academy or an abstract republic, it was not a place of myths allegorised or dissected or explained or explained away. It was a place of dreams come true. G.K. Chesterton Christmas is built… Continue reading The Message Of Christmas Comes Alive With Living Cribs Or Nativity Scenes