John Monaghan grew up in Drimnagh in Dublin, and he initially discusses his early education. At the age of fourteen he began work as a mechanic at a local garage where his interest in mechanics was first engendered. He attended Bolton Street College to study part-time as an apprentice mechanic, and in 1967 he was appointed part-time lecturer in the Engineering Science Department. This led to full-time employment, and he discusses the changes to the syllabus during his teaching career there. In 1976 he registered for a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering in TCD and on graduation he began work on a PhD. In 1980, he was appointed as full-time lecturer at TCD and he explains his reasons for his decision to work there rather than at Bolton Street. He discusses his work at TCD, the workplace, and his academic colleagues and he provides his views on the reasons why DIT does not have university status. He also discusses his huge involvement with the St Vincent de Paul Society, for which he currently acts as Vice President.