There are records of the Coghlan family’s existence going back to 1783 in Churchtown. These come from a rent book in the name of William Coghlan. It must be one of the oldest recorded names in the parish. My farm is just inside the Liscarroll border. My lands also adjoin the Barry farm. There is a raised ring fort to the east of my house. On the south side there are many mounds, which are the remains of Fulach Fias. This would indicate that there were many families living here in the distant past. There is also a tribu-tary of the Awbeg river on my boundary.
I went to Churchtown school and I got a few palmers from Mr. Tierney and Mr. Wall. I never had much interest in horseracing or football and hurling. My late father built this house with a horse and butt in 1927. The gravel was drawn from Donal O’Brien’s sand-pit. He had to unload half his load going up the Windmill hill. Paddy O’ Flynn did some of the carpentry on the roof.
I had an interest in the development of engines and basic electricity. I read many books about these subjects. I always wanted to have my own tractor since I saw Jimmy Roche’s model with the iron wheels. Then in 1960 I brought home my first tractor – a Ford. This of course was a rubber-tyred model. I got some machinery soon afterwards.
Schooldays to me were not great. Government policies have left the views of parents out for too long. Many pupils were left out of their choices. Now, – just look at the situation with Government at present. The situation with Charlie Haughey – and he was taught by a Churchtown man!
For the future, man will have to adjust his appetite for energy and the use of oil. The generation before us left a good record. They cared for the soil and improved the lifestyle of man. Are we doing the same?