The two gate lodges to the estate in Lismany are still there.. My mother Mary Josephine Poland was born in one and I was born in the other one. Both households had worked for Pollock when it was a running farm. I remember my grandfather being the game keeper and his father before him.
I remember there was a canal stopping station in Lismany where the ladies of the day arrived from Dublin or Galway. I don't know if the canal house is still there. My mother remembers the ladies in their carriages dressed in their fine clothes on their way to the ball. She was allowed to look at them from the windows.
I lived in our gate lodge and farm until I was about twelve. As well as the farm we had a shop which was run by my aunt Ellie. She had started the shop in the hallway and later had built on an extension to house the shop. I remember many people coming for the things they didn't make or grow on their farms. It was always a meeting place for people to stay a while to catch up on the talk of the day. The got news from Laurencetown and Ballinasloe and many other areas around Clountuskert. I remember sitting by the fire in the shop with aunt Ellie as a child and she would tell me stories of her life and of days gone by.
We lived in Clontuskert but went to school in Laurencetown as it was nearer to us to walk. I remember taking a magazine to a lady who lived in part of the Pollock estate.in the fifties. I remember most of the families that lived in and around Lismany, Ganaveen, Ballamena and other areas.
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