Paddy McEvilly is a native of Castlebar, and following his schooling, he got a scholarship to U.C.D., graduating with a Degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. He spent a year working in the Department of Posts and Telegraphs and in 1952 he joined Bord na Móna. He spent some time initially as Junior Engineer in Timahoe and later in Bellacorrick in Co. Mayo. In 1950 he moved to Derrygreenagh in the Midlands and two years later to Mount Lucas, where he managed the operation for 15 years. He speaks at length about the production, harvesting and marketing, the staff and the social life in Edenderry. Following his time in the Midlands he was moved to Bord na Móna headquarters in Dublin where he worked as Product Manager, heading up the Briquette Division. Part of his brief was to become involved in the resolution of industrial disputes, which was a difficult period in his working life. From 1979 to his retirement in 1987 as Managing Director, he worked closely with all the site managers around the country, but two disastrous years of poor weather in 1985 and 1986 created enormous difficulties. On his retirement from Bord na Móna in 1987 he was appointed Director of the Odlums Group.