January, 1926, Sunday 31

Memorable day of big concert in Opera House. Programme consists of ‘Hail, Bright Abode’, ‘Fly, Singing Bird, Fly’ and ‘The Walpurgis Night’. Peter Dawson ((Peter Dawson (1882-1961) was a celebrated Australian baritone who lived in London.)) also sings two groups of songs. After Mass, Pappy…

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February, 1926, Sunday 7

Finish my exercises early, and hurry down to Stockleys’. ((William P. Stockley (1859-1943), professor of English at University College Cork from 1905-1931. He was born in Dublin, studied at Trinity College with Douglas Hyde, taught at the universities of Ottawa and New Brunswick before returning…

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March, 1926, Wednesday 10

Did not go to school, but went to Imperial Hotel to arrange everything for concert. I was there from 9.30 till 2 o’clock. Only one man came with cartloads of chairs, and I had to haul them up with a rope from the yard below…

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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, 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, Wednesday 21

Boys in school to-day got hold of my diary, and were teasing me for about two hours, but they were decent enough to give it back to me then without reading it. Went to Markie, and accompanied him a bit out the country, he on…

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April, 1926, Sunday 25

10th Sunday of Holy Communion. A really glorious tropical day. After finishing my comp., ‘Present Fears are less than Horrible Imaginings’ very appropriate for poor Mam who is playing to-night, and having partaken well of Pap’s birthday dinner, I went with Joe Mangan and Frank…

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May, 1926, Thursday 6

To-day those who are going for Matric. were separated from History class, I and about 10 others being left with class. First sign of the changing of old order. – With reference to ‘ausgelernter Feldscher’ [trained army barber-surgeon] in Eichendorff [Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts]…

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October, 1926, Monday 11

‘The Beggars’ Opera’ is at present in Cork and ‘Lilac Time’ was on last week. We are getting some good things at last. – To-day I had to ride back immediately after school for a hurley practice – the matches will be coming off soon….

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October, 1926, Tuesday 12

Mrs. Vaudrey was for tea this evening. She is a very charming little person. I remember her presence and voice now though it is 7 years since she was here. – Rushed through some lessons, didn’t finish and went with Mám to ‘Helen of Troy’….

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