March, 1926, Wednesday 17

St. Patrick’s day. Turned out rather unsettled, with showers, rather discouraging for many, as crowds were going to Dublin, Fräulein Engelmann and Irmah also. Heard Mass at 9.30, and then went to High Mass at Cathedral. Pembauer’s Mass was sung. It is a beautiful work,…

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March, 1926, Wednesday 31

Found a letter waiting for me this morning from Mrs. MacDonnell, inviting me out. It is really very generous and kind of her I think I spent some of the happiest days of my life in Castlelack. ((The MacDonnells’ house in Bandon. They had been…

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April, 1926, Thursday 1

Rose at 7 and went in Miss O’Brien’s taxi, who stayed with us last night, but on account of dizziness could not go to the service to the Cathedral. The ceremonies went off very well, though lasting 2½ hours. The choir sung the Kyrie and…

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April, 1926, Friday 2

A beautiful morning for Good Friday, rather unsuitable however for such a sorrowful feast; but the latter seemed to throw a note of sadness of the glory of the sun. We saw the whole of the ceremonies, which were very beautiful. The Turba was wonderful,…

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April, 1926, Saturday 3

Was at my stamps for most of the morning. Then tried to finish my composition for Mammie to-morrow, but had to give it up as a bad job. When I stick at a thing too long my brains run dry. Mammie was at the Doctor…

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April, 1926, Sunday 4

A fine day for Easter Sunday, though I feared it would be rainy, I could not imagine it wet. Went to 9 Mass. Seventh Sunday of Holy Communion. Got some lovely eggs from Mammie and Nannie, and had a fine feed after breakfast. I can’t…

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September, 1926, Sunday 5

Though I have looked forward to to-day for a long time, it was not so pleasant as I expected. For no pleasure can be enjoyed without some work in the background to throw it into relief. Did nothing but stamps and read ‘Lands and Peoples’…

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December, 1926, Sunday 19

Sophia stayed with us last night. Not having been to bed till 2, we all slept out till 12 Mass at Cathedral. There was a wonderful practice for the Christmas celebrations – Schubert’s Mass which Páp is doing with 8 in band and over 80…

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December, 1926, Wednesday 22

Spent morning in packing up Xmas presents for the MacDonnells and Fräulein Engelmann. Got a fine torch for Arthur. Could do only part of programme, which consists of 3 hours Latin, French, German, English and History. Then Harmony and 1 ½ piano. After went to…

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December, 1926, Tuesday 24

At last Xmas Eve has arrived. It has approached subconsciously, so that I felt a shock when it was there, and found it hard to awaken the ‘Stimmung’ [atmosphere, mood] of old times. Then those two days were held sacred by me and I walked…

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