Garrykennedy is a beautiful village situated on the shores of Lough Derg, a place where the McGrath family have lived for many generations. There are two families of McGraths living in the village, both involved in boat building. William McGrath’s grandfather traded with the barge boatmen on the lake. While walking around the village he pointed out the slate yards, where slate quarried locally would be stored while awaiting collection by boat. There was a small hand-crane on the harbour, and the work was labour intensive. Livestock was also loaded from the pier onto the boats. William spoke about the type of boat which he built and fitted out, a craft which is now dying out. This interview brought back memories of a time in the history of the local village when it was a place busy with vibrant work.