Paddy Crosbie was born in Dublin in 1913, educated at St Paul's CBS, St Patrick's Training College, Drumcondra and University College, Dublin. He was the famous creator of such radio and television programmes as The School Around the Corner, Back to School, Tug O'Words and Paddy's Playground, and made frequent appearances on The Late Late Show. In 1979 Paddy Crosbie was honoured by Pope John Paul II with the Papal decoration Benemerenti. He died in 1982.
Dublin 1913 to 1930, a tumultuous and exciting time in the city’s history. Paddy Crosbie catches that tumult and conveys that excitement in this childhood memoir of city life. A cast of brilliant characters surround the young Crosbie, all vividly etched into hilarious life. Here is a born storyteller.