May, 1926, Tuesday 11

Was in a state yesterday because I thought I had lost my diary, but found to-day that ‘Fannie’ Cottrell had taken it to take a rise out of me, as the saying is. We got 3 cards from Fr. Pat, who is now visiting Villa…

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July, 1926, Monday 12

[In Cläre Engelmann’s hand:] Einen lieben Abschiedsgruss, mit den herzlichsten Wünschen für die Zukunft, meinem lieben, jungen Freund – Cläre Engelmann [A fond farewell greeting to my dear young friend, with very best wishes for the future]. It was really charming of Fr. Engelmann to…

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August, 1926, Wednesday 11

Was bilious all night, but in spite of it got up early and had a few games of croquet. Mám has forbidden me to touch my books, and though I am sure I could prevail on her by begging, I think I will leave them…

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September, 1926, Wednesday 15

At last Páp is coming back from Germany. Mám and I went at 10 to the quays and stayed till we saw the ‘Killarney’ and then walked along waving to Páp whom we saw quite plainly. He is looking very well, though a bit thin….

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September, 1926, Friday 17

The fellows were laughing at me again to-day because I was so silent in Dickie’s class. They said I was offended with him and insulted. But I’ll remain so till the end of the year and work hard. Brought my atlas to show Scannie. He’s…

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September, 1926, Thursday 23

At Irish to-day it came to my turn to read. Dickie is bald, and seeing further on a description of baldness, and knowing I am too nervous to control my laughing, I tried every means to get it the next fellow’s turn to read, but…

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December, 1926, Friday 31

Went rabbitting up the mountain with my school-friend Tim Leary. The ‘Yew Tree’ looked glorious, its lower parts wrapped in a white mist and the peak glittering in the sun. Sandy and Cora came with us, but we saw no rabbits. After dinner read Goldsmith’s…

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