Dan Carbery grew up in Pembroke Road, Carlow, one of 13 children. He himself is managing the building business in which his father and grandfather were involved, as is his son. Dan traced his people’s ancestry, mentioning the Governey family, who were involved in the mineral water and boot factories in the town. His great-grandfather was evicted from their lands in Laois. His father came into the town of Carlow from Athy in the 1930s, and helped in the building of the first urban estates in the town, as well as in the construction of churches and schools in the county. Dan described the changes in the styles of buildings locally.