The O’Sullivans of Ballycleave were renowned for their basket-making for the years. Pat O’Sullivan’s grandfather passed on the craft to Pat’s father, who continued supplying baskets to the farmers for potato-picking and for carrying the turf, and to the fishermen for lobster-pots. As a young lad Pat helped his father, and recalls the days he would spend preparing his baskets for the local farms in Cahirciveen and Killorglin. He told me they would travel to the edge of the river near Castlemaine, to collect the sallies for the rods. Pat proudly described the technique of basket-making, and showed me samples of his work, explaining how he could get different colours into the rods by skimming them. Pat suggested that I should travel the short distance down the road to the old family home, where I would meet his brother John, which I did.