Tom Doherty was recorded as he relaxed on an outdoor bench in the village of Crolly. He explains that the place was originally called Jackstown and reveals the reasons why this came about. Tom is a native of Gweedore and was born into a family of thirteen children, four of whom died at birth. His father died when Tom was seven in 1923 due to ill health arising from his activities during the War of Independence and his mother, Brigid Coyle, was left to care for her large, young family. When Tom was very young, he left his home and went on hire to a farmer for his keep and £3 every six months. He worked for eight years with one farmer and fifteen years with another. During the 1930s, he and three other local men went to Glasgow and worked on the buildings. Tom worked his way up to foreman and he remained in Scotland until 1980. He discusses the work there, the strong Donegal community working in Scotland and his eventual return to Crolly where he had built a home.