February, 1926, Saturday 6

Pappy receives a very despondent letter from Colonel Brase. ((Colonel Fritz Brase (1875-1940), German bandmaster and composer in the service of the Kaiser, after the first world war music director of the Berlin police, in 1923 accepted the post of director of the newly founded…

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April, 1926, Saturday 17

Colonel Brase came to us to-day at 4. He is calling at Cork on his way to Germany, via the ‘Thuringia’ liner to Cherbourg. I was not there for tea with him, however, as I went to Hilser’s party after dinner, having first got Confession….

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April, 1926, Sunday 18

A telegram came at 3 last night saying that the liner was not coming in till 4 and Col. Brase expected us by the first train. You may be sure Mammie and I went, though I had scarcely an ex. done on account of the…

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April, 1926, Monday 19

Still thinking of yesterday. Col. Brase played for us in the hotel his fourth phantasia, the best of them all. He certainly played it splendidly. Col. Brase, funny to say, was boasting all the way to anybody he met and to us about the Governor-General…

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May, 1926, Saturday 29

Last night Mam and I were talking about poor old Scully. He is a terrible loss to us. If he were here we would all have had many an enjoyable and delightful evening. The stories of his conjuring tricks, his pranks, his jokes, his never-failing…

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October, 1926, Saturday 16

Made a good general Confession to-day and attended Retreat well. Col. Brase was there to-day, and when I came home at 7 from Retreat, Mammie and Páp and he had gone to Horgans’ for supper. – We up at Farran Ferris are very conservative in…

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October, 1926, Sunday 17

Retreat was ended this morning with Mass by the reverend, beautiful old Bishop, ((The Bishop was Daniel Cohalan (1856-1952), who became Bishop of Cork in 1916. In 1950, aged 94, he finally agreed to allow a coadjutor bishop be appointed to assist him. Aloys Fleischmann…

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October, 1926, Friday 29

At Col. Brase’s advice, Mám is reading Coué’s ‘Selbstbemeisterung’ [‘Self Mastery through Conscious Autosuggestion’] ((Émile Coué (1857-1926) was a French pharmacist and psychologist who discovered the impact of suggestion and developed a method of psychotherapy and self-healing. He believed that many problems and indeed illnesses…

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