I met Margaret McGrath in the Nenagh Boat Club pavilion and there she recounted the history of the McGraths’ connection with the Boat Club. It was interesting to record the fact that bikes would come into the club yard in droves in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. Looking at old photographs, she pointed out how some of the local boat builders were great craftspeople in the days when boats were made from timber. Margaret went on to talk about her own life, coming to work as a cook for one of the landed families (the Jacksons). At the age of 19 she met her future husband there, and candidly told me about her husband’s alcoholic tendencies. She had to rear 8 children in a cottage, feeding them with the handouts which she got from the local people for many years. This interview created a clear image of how difficult life could be for women in those days.