Carroll, John (Jack)
Date of Birth: 8th April 1934
Place of Birth: Slaney Lodge, Crossabeg, Co. Wexford
Date Interviewed: 20th May 2010
Summary: Jack Carroll still lives just a short distance from the site of the old farmhouse where he was born. His father was a farmer and when Jack left school at fourteen he too took up farming. He walked to school in Crossabeg along the main Wexford to Enniscorthy road – at the time reputed to be the longest concrete road in the British Isles. The fourteen mile stretch of roadway had been tamped by hand, which made it more durable than the Wexford to New Ross concrete road. Jack was an altar boy and had to serve at mass at 8.00 every morning. For a while he worked as a turf-cutter in the bogs of Kildare. He went to England and got a job in construction. He recalls helping to demolish the John Lewis building in London’s Oxford Street. He returned to Wexford and worked for years as a lorry driver. He is a vintage machinery enthusiast and has a small collection of old tractors.