February, 1926, Friday 19

At play I broke the window of one of the nuns’ ((The Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph looked after the priests and schoolboys in Farrnferris, seeing to cleaning, cooking and nursing.)) rooms with a ball. The reverend mother was sitting behind the window and she…

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March, 1926, Monday 1

Great excitement in school, as our team entered for the Harty Cup, left at nine for Fermoy. Dr. Scannell and a few other priests went with the boys, so we had scarcely any class, and I did all my ex. At 2 o’clock there was…

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May, 1926, Wednesday 26

To-day we had to have Hamlet’s speech to the players off for Fr. O’Flynn, but I went over it so many times but when I got up to say it, being nervous, I forgot it all, and was disgraced. I can never exert will-power in…

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June, 1926, Saturday 12

Nannie was 16 during 1870, and so remembers all the happenings of the war quite clearly. I often get her on to it on Fridays, and she gives great accounts, especially of the ‘Einzug’ [entry of the army] into München. – I was dreaming all…

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June, 1926, Monday 28

Was delighted last night to find Fr. Pat had arrived unexpectedly. He came to see Páp before he goes to Germany. – Slept out for 8 and so had to go to 10 Mass and Communion. Worked in the morning, but only got through half…

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July, 1926, Friday 9

After work to-day I went at the garden. It is in a bad state. Had to go to the Honan Home, because I forgot my bike yesterday when we went to the pictures. Betty tried to keep me for tea, but I wouldn’t. On the…

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October, 1926, Monday 4

A lively and merry day in school. Whenever there is a dull moment, I look through the wood of study to the pleasant vale of stamps and reading awaiting me behind, and the vale is all the more pleasant and alluring because it is seldom…

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