CATHAL CREGG was born on a small farm just five kilometres outside Boyle in Co. Roscommon, Ireland. After completing his Leaving Certificate in 1979, he commenced an apprenticeship in stone cutting and carving, which included studying the art of hand cut lettering in stone. He completed his studies and qualified as a stone carver in 1982. His earlier career was spent hand carving Celtic crosses and handcut lettering. In 1984 he established his own stone business, a company which has been very successful and which currently has up to 90 employees.