February, 1926, Saturday 13

At last the day has arrived! I hurried home as quickly as I could, and got everything ready. Margaret [the housekeeper] refused point-blank to polish my shoes, so I left rather ill-humoured, but this soon wore off when I arrived. I was the first to…

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February, 1926, Sunday 14

Awoke at half past nine, and could scarcely pull myself out of bed. My toes and feet were aching, and I am afraid I was very sleepy at Mass. It shows how attentive those must be who have been at an all-night dance on the…

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February, 1926, Tuesday 23

I may as well give my week’s routine here, as nothing much happened to-day. Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, I have to get up at 7.40, breakfast at 8, during which I generally study, leave at 8.30 for school at 9, history, then…

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March, 1926, Wednesday 17

St. Patrick’s day. Turned out rather unsettled, with showers, rather discouraging for many, as crowds were going to Dublin, Fräulein Engelmann and Irmah also. Heard Mass at 9.30, and then went to High Mass at Cathedral. Pembauer’s Mass was sung. It is a beautiful work,…

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March, 1926, Thursday 18

Felt pretty lonely, because Mammie has gone to Dunmanway for a few days, ((Tilly Fleischmann was visiting Father Pat MacSwiney, chaplain in Dunmanway.)) and the house is very solitary. Heard at school for the first time that the exams are coming off on Friday and…

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March, 1926, Monday 22

Found all the priests in bad form after their three days holidays during the exam. Not one of them had our papers corrected, and we were disgusted. Saw the matriculation English paper set by Professor Stockley. He gives very difficult and tricky questions. I hope…

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March, 1926, Wednesday 24

To-day we had Maths I from 9-11, and Maths II from 11.45-1.45. The papers were not so difficult, and I did 4 out of 8 right for Maths I, and 4½ out of 8 right for Maths II. That was not too bad considering I…

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April, 1926, Sunday 4

A fine day for Easter Sunday, though I feared it would be rainy, I could not imagine it wet. Went to 9 Mass. Seventh Sunday of Holy Communion. Got some lovely eggs from Mammie and Nannie, and had a fine feed after breakfast. I can’t…

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April, 1926, Monday 12

Father Pat left for Rome with Fr. O’Brien yesterday and Mammie and Fräulein Engelmann went out in the Movercock steamer with them to meet the liner. They said it was a wonderful experience, the sea, very stormy and breezy, showing off the huge and majestic…

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May, 1926, Monday 3

Had to help Pappie this morning, as he was worse again, and was nearly late for school. Dr. Scannell gave me a history of German literature for Pappie. He was delighted with it. Found on coming home that the sciatica was much worse, and the…

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