December, 1926, Wednesday 1

Great day of concert. By a special favour of God’s goodness, Mám slept really well and was very fresh in the morning. From 9-1 I worked in Clarence Hall, lugging in the chairs, arranging them in rows, numbering and lettering them, then with countless odds…

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December, 1926, Thursday 2

Another day at home. I am really getting fed up of not being at school, because I know that the whole time my class is proceeding and leaving me behind. Went on messages to Fr. McCarthy and Mr. Sherman to take over choir to-night, as…

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December, 1926, Friday 3

3 Friday. Woke at 6 with a painfully sore eye, which got worse and worse. Was determined not to miss either Mass or school, so got up, bathed it, and went to 8 Mass. I could scarcely see in the Church, and it was very…

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December, 1926, Saturday 4

First day back in school ‘mid a week’. Everything seemed strange, even my class-fellows, yet I enjoyed the old routine work again. I didn’t miss much, because I was able to do more at home than I would have done at school. – Páp was…

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December, 1926, Sunday 5

Went to Stockleys’ for cups for to-day’s party. It was a lovely spin. Brought home the cups in a case, but on the way the handle broke and down plumped case, cups and all. ‘O what a fall was there, my countrymen!’ It filled my…

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December, 1926, Monday 6

Had great fun in school My class are a merry lot. Had to go to town for Páp, so got [number] 20 ‘Lands and Peoples’. – Poor Mám has had a terrible lot of excitement lately, in addition that Páp has been rather grumpy. So…

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December, 1926, Tuesday 7

All night, Mám was very, very bilious, but the greatest part of the pain went by morning. Páp went to Bantry for his lesson-giving by the 9 [bus]. I went to school, but rushed back at 12 to see how Mám was. She was much…

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December, 1926, Wednesday 8

Holiday of obligation – no school. Worked till 2 and then rushed to concert. It was a great success. There were much more people there than at poor Mám’s recital, and mostly the ‘snobocracy’. Miss Eileen Price sang some English songs and then some by…

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December, 1926, Thursday 9

Had Fr. Duggan for Religion a term. He was telling us about evolution, and the modes in which the age of the world has been conjectured, but as interesting as was his dialogue, we were in fits at his killing delivery, his hand being almost…

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December, 1926, Friday 10

During history class, Dr. Scannell induced two celebrated mimics, Hunt and Green, to take him off at his usual terrorisation of the Junior Pass Latin class. They did so perfectly and we had great fun. – O’Connor and I are perpetually arguing about different things…

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