Donncha Ó Curráin grew up on a small farm outside Killorglin and was a member of a family of nine children. His grandfather, Denis, farmed the land there before his father, Tim, took over. Donncha shared some fascinating stories about the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War as events unfolded in South Kerry and explains the stance taken by his parents. His mother, Mary Clifford, was among others who passed on information to him about these troubled times. Donncha sets out his views on the running of the Free State from 1922 until 1950. Schooldays and teachers in Killorglin are recalled and education locally during his parents’ childhood is described. The decision taken by his parents to send him to study at St. Brendan’s Seminary in Killarney and later to study for the priesthood at Maynooth is recalled, as are his studies in both colleges. He studied in Maynooth for just one year.