Interviewed by Richard West
Location: Artist's home, Newtownards, County Down
Date: March 2006

Still taken from: 'Sandy Row' by Peter O'Doherty

Still taken from: 'Sandy Row' by Peter O'Doherty

Chapter 4:

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Chapter 4 Synopsis:

  • Didn't start school until age of six due to Mother's illness.
  • Didn't do the 11 Plus - it occurred the year his Mother died.
  • Discovered he could draw - hoped it might lead to a career.
  • Aged 13-14 starts Engineering course at Newtownards Tech.
  • Got an apprenticeship in Short & Harlands - Aged 16-17, began as a machinist then entered technical publications department.
  • Very keen on characature - produced drawings of the people around him.
  • Very keen cyclist by this stage, used journey to and from work (10 miles) as part of training.
  • Aged 18 sets Northern Ireland record for 25 miles (58 minutes).
  • Won a time-trial in Dublin, on returning home had his prize confiscated at the border by customs.
  • The case was taken up in Parliament (Westminster) and the prize was eventually returned.

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