Raymond Lannen is a native of Dungarvan, County Waterford. He was born to a family who had a long tradition in the tannery business. He followed his father into the business after his schooling at Rockwell College, having spent a short time in England, learning the trade. During the war years of 1914-1918 the tannery business was booming, and then entered a period of depression. Later leather became fashionable again, and was used in car upholstery, and in fashion items. Raymond established his own leather business in Kilkenny, which was very successful, employing a large workforce. He discusses the business, the details regarding style and colour, and the global market. The business finally closed five years ago, and Raymond is now involved in the property and coffin-making business.