Tom Lee was born in Cootehill, Co. Cavan. His family later moved to Co. Meath where Tom spent his early lifetime working on his patents' farm.
The farm was a milk supplier for the local community and Tom spent his day from early morning to late evening doing deliveries.
There he also learned the craft of dealing with people. There is no doubt that that experience was to stand to him in later life when he joined the ranks of An Garda Síochána.
In that job it was so important to be able to deal with any circumstances as they arose and common sense and discretion were so important.
After Tom trained in the now Garda Headquarters, he was transferred to Achill. We spoke about his early years in Achill and his later transfer to Newport and Westport and finally Castlebar.