A visit to the Joyce home, built in 1733, and lived in one of the principal leaders of the 1798 Rebellion, provided the perfect setting to record John’s stories. The conversation began with John’s own genealogy. A business in the town, established in 1860, was run by his father and mother and continues today under the same name. In this interview John talks about the starch factory in Graiguenamanagh, the first in Ireland, established in the 1840s. He also spoke about the great importance of the canal in the development of the town. It was known locally as ‘The Hatchery’.