Around Mount Corbett area, the townland I live in is Ballinamuck, people often think that it should be Mount Corbett. But the boundary between the two townlands is to the west of my house. It is a stream running down through the field. This stream turns eastwards half way down. But there is a dry dyke that continues down to Buffer’s Cross. This line is the dividing line between the two townlands.
My grandfather came from the Brosna area. My father was a dairyman years back. He used to take farms and milk a herd of cows on these. He was thirteen years in Altamira, Liscarroll. He was nine years in Imogane. He was also in Lochleigh and Glanmore. He was four years in Ahaburn and seven years in Coolcaum. That was a system of farming which was common in years back. As well as cows he was also very involved in pig farming. He would buy pigs in Kanturk and Drumculloher and sell in Charleville and Buttevant. He was a good judge of the pig trade. I remember when he was coming from Kanturk with a rail of pigs and he met some man in Mossie Fitzgibbon’s and he sold them to him. He came home that evening with the rail empty and he left in the morning.
Across the road from my house is the late paddy Fitzgerald’s farm. There are two unoc-cupied dwellings on the land. Years back there was a third. There was a very big family of the Fitzgeralds long ago. I got the water years back from a well in Fitz’s Glen. It was an open well. There is a field in that farm called ‘the stone field’. There was a stone to mark the height in the middle of that field. Paddy Fitzgerald got Jack Manning to pull away the stone with Jim Sampson’s tractor years back. If his father Con knew this he would not approve of its removal. It was a pity to knock these things.
In Miss O’ Brien’s farm there were some huge trees years ago. They were mainly Oak and Beech. These were sold and they were taken up to Donegal. They had special ma-chinery for loading the long logs. There were some grand clean oaks. It would take eight hours to take the load up to Donegal. The late Eileen expressed the wish to be buried among these trees. In years back there was a lovely orchard in the farm. There were lovely flowerbeds and a pond in the middle. It was a beautiful spot to look at in the sum-mertime. There were several stone ornaments to decorate the gardens. These are all gone now. There was another stone well at the end of the orchard. There was a line of Elm trees on the side of the main road on the Buttevant side of Buffer’s Cross.