The Yes Woman: A scary audience with schoolchildren at the Little Museum of Dublin
I love Dublin but I’m not sure about being interviewed by kids. Here goes
The Little Museum of Dublin is all that’s good about Dublin.’ Above, curator Simon O’Connor in the museum. Photograph: Eric Luke
The Little Museum of Dublin on St Stephen’s Green is everything that’s good about Dublin in microcosm. It’s a scene of meticulously organised chaos. Like the city itself, it houses within its confines the relics of bygone eras. And just like Dublin, it oozes a sense of nascent creativity, of something exciting coming into being. The museum has done well since it opened in 2011, but its real success lies in capturing the city’s character; it contains a sense of “Dublinness” and cradles it without crushing it, like holding a butterfly gently in a loose fist.
And so I go to the museum to experience one of its “I Love Dublin” classes. The classes, funded by the Matheson Foundation, are free to school groups and involve a guided tour and a history of Dublin, delivered in an engaging and interactive way.