Michael Quirke was born in Sligo town. His father was a butcher and was known as one of the best cattle dealers in Sligo. Michael talks about his father’s work for Pat Healy and his involvement in the Civil War. He recalls Sligo town of years ago and he remembers not having any interest in the family business, but he started work in his father’s shop in 1958. He explains that he was quite good at the mechanical side, cutting meat and slaughtering. He remembers starting to carve plasticine figures at school, which he loved doing and he maintains that he didn’t need toys in his childhood because he could make any toy he wanted out of plasticine. Michael goes on to talk about the belief in fairies or the shee long ago and the stories which surrounded them. He shares many stories of ancient Ireland and he recalls being inspired by reading Greek mythology.