I was 12 or 13 when I came out of school. I was the third fella in the family – I got the job, the rest of them went to school. I was only a garsún when I was above labouring on farms.

I was getting 10 shillings a week then at that time. I’d get two shillings for myself and the rest would go to the house. You had to give the money to your mother. There was no smoking or drinking, I didn’t drink until I was 22 years of age. I had a Babycham at my sister’s wedding and I nearly fell down on my arse.