He suffered with ill health during the early part of his life and had little education leaving school at age of fifteen.
But with the help and determination of his mother, whose unceasing belief in him, drove him onwards and upwards and a chance meeting with an Irish colleen from Millstreet, County Cork who brought with her the luck of the Irish.
Tom Grainger was recently featured here on millstreet.ie raising money for the Baby Jacob Fund selling pieces of wood-turning art in SuperValu. His website is tomgraingerbooks.com and the books cam be purchased there. Tom himself says that the books feature many Millstreet people.