Noel Clarke’s forefathers came originally from Scotland, and his grandfather came to Banagher to work as a gardener at Lord Rosse’s estate. In 1914 following an argument with his own father, Noel Clarke’s father joined the British Army and fought in World War I. At war’s end he was employed as a motor mechanic at Dawson’s in Maynooth, and two years later he started his own garage business in the town. Noel has great memories of his youth in Maynooth and attending primary school run by the nuns in St Patrick’s seminary. He always had a keen interest in radio, and during World War II he kept constantly in touch with unfolding events. During these years of war, Noel’s father worked at servicing farm machinery as no cars were being sold. He became group leader of the Local Defence Force (LDF) and Noel witnessed much of the activity of the local force. After the war, the economic climate began to improve and people generally regained their interest in cars. Noel has a clear recollection of the models of cars which gained favour at this time.