April, 1926, Wednesday 14

Back to school again! Ugh! Still, in Farran Ferris we always tumble to our work immediately, and after one day we feel as though we were back in school a week. Found everything the same as usual. Poor Julia sent me some lovely stamps for…

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April, 1926, Thursday 22

The census is at present being taken. I wonder what the result will show, that Ireland is going backwards or forwards. ‘Queen Margherita’ refused point blank to give her age so the Civic Guard when he calls will have a nice job in coaxing it…

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April, 1926, Friday 30

Had a discussion to-day about Bernard Shaw’s play ‘St. Joan’ which is coming next week. Dr. Scannell told us several interesting things about it, amongst them that Shaw wrote some of his play while staying at Parknasilla and Glengariffe and that he got the Catholic…

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May, 1926, Saturday 22

Went off in good spirits to Fermoy by the 9 train. 15 of us went and we had the greatest fun in the train. They were all joking me about my new suit. We got to St Coleman’s about 11. The College is very finely…

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June, 1926, Sunday 13

Went to 9 Mass and Communion. Poor Mám had terrible neuritis all night and during the morning, but after taking 3 aspirins the pain left her head, and she was able to get up at 1. – My bike actually held. I am delighted with…

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June, 1926, Tuesday 15

Last evening I went in Fr. Pat’s car out to Wilton. It was a beautiful drive. – To-day the first Intermediate Exam., Greek, was on. I pitied the poor Middle Grade fellows, because the desks in the corridors, the awe-inspiring placard on the door, and…

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July, 1926, Thursday 1

Slept out after the racing and tearing and swimming of yesterday, and had to go to 10. This morning Páp began packing, so I could only get through music in the morning. First he couldn’t find a terribly important box of his and, like Uncle…

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October, 1926, Saturday 9

President Cosgrave and some of the Free State ministers have visited Cork within the last few days, and they were present at the centenary in St. Vincent’s. – Had some great fighting at school to-day. Was disgusted to find that the cloth for my new…

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October, 1926, Tuesday 19

As I walked down the avenue, I saw the Bishop coming upwards, and he actually knew me by name, though it is many years since he used to pat me on the head, and call me ‘little Aloys’. He graciously let me kiss his ring,…

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October, 1926, Saturday 23

Dr. Scannell gave me 3 fine overprinted Maltese stamps to-day. He and Fr. Dalton made up a ballad of about 20 verses for the match which is coming off to-morrow between Cork and Kilkenny. They are real babies. Dr. Scannell is going up to Dublin…

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