Mairead McGrath was born in 1913 in the village of Athea, and she became a great storyteller in adulthood. She was recorded in her home which was full of old books, scrap albums and photographs. While perusing these, she recalled many events which took place in the village over the decades. Mairead qualified in chemistry and worked as a locum around Ireland, before settling down back in the home of her youth where she cared for her parents. Her father, Philip McGrath, was the local G.P., and her mother was May Danaher. She recalled the great sporting days of her youth. She played hockey for Munster in the 1930s. She also discussed her love of painting and of local history.