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, 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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February, 1926, Thursday 18

Learnt the family tree of the Buonapartes in the history class. It is extraordinary how personal experiences colour study of this description. For instance, Dr. Scannell told us of his conversation with a man who had found the body of the Prince Imperial after a…

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February, 1926, Thursday 25

Could not go to the practice of the Choral Society as I had to do some messages in town for Mammie’s concert. Every second shop in town has her window-card in the front. It is really a shame that after such a splendid and successful…

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April, 1926, Thursday 15

Read in the paper this morning that there will be a cessation of hostilities on to-morrow between Abd El Krim and the French and Spanish. The French are all talk about the heavy terms they will impose, but it is significant that they are sending…

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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, 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, Wednesday 28

Got a card from Father Pat saying that he had a private audience with the Pope, and is having a glorious time. – Went to match to-day at which there was a huge crowd. Of course, we were beaten by about 5 goals, though our…

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April, 1926, Thursday 29

Heard in class a very interesting thing from Dr. Scannell about George V. The latter, while his father Edward VI was still alive, knowing he would not come to the throne as his brother, Duke of Clarence, was heir apparent, secretly married a Catholic lady,…

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May, 1926, Tuesday 4

Pappie had terrible pain this morning, so much so that when Dr. Donovan cauterised his leg, he could bear that far more easily than the pain. When I came back from school, he said he was comparatively in heaven, as the pain was almost gone….

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