Ardfield, near Clonakilty, Co. Cork was the birthplace of Donncha O’Donnabhain and is a place where his family had a long tradition of school teaching. He moved to Dublin in 1952 and taught in Swords until 1981. He has lived in Malahide since 1961. He recalls the difficulties and the food shortages during the Emergency period and the self-sufficiency of the people at that time. He speaks with passion of his love of the Irish language and his interest in local accents and mannerisms.