February, 1926, Thursday 11

Had a lengthy argument with a boy in school about Germany and the war. The boys are all very fair-minded in Farran Ferris, but they often try to draw me out by telling me about the brutalities committed by the Germans. I always argue the…

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May, 1926, Monday 10

Forgot to say that criticism of Mr. and Mrs. Neeson’s concert was not too bad, for a wonder. – Had a heated argument to-day in school about St. Joan. It is extraordinary. The virtuous young priests who thought ‘No, No, Nanette’ great, and who neither…

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August, 1926, Tuesday 31

In the midst of my work this morning had great bargaining with Brian Moffat. He gave me 20 of his stamps, non-duplicates, for 100. After dinner started off for Ivor and Joe, and found them at home. Ivor showed me his albums again. He has…

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September, 1926, Wednesday 22

Had an argument with Charlie O’Connor about Buffaloe Bills and their influence, I con, he pro. I must confess I was beaten. His points – what else can children read when developed from fairy-tale stage, Ballantyne and R.L.S. [Robert Louis Stephenson] just as bloodthirsty, at…

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October, 1926, Wednesday 27

Had a great argument with Charlie O’Connor and some other fellows about Bavaria. Told them about the great kings, King Ludwig II, and the wonderful ceremonies of church and state. Ventured to make a comparison with Ireland and got my head chopped off. They certainly…

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November, 1926, Wednesday 3

This morning I showed to the lads of my class a wonderful book, ‘Deutsche Dome’ [German Cathedrals] in which are given pictures of many glorious cathedrals throughout the Vaterland. Determining to have their joke at my expense, with Irish wit they burst into laughter at…

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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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