February, 1926, Monday 15

Was sorry to hear when I came to school that my friend John Cottrell was caught smoking. He is a very good fellow, and it is a great pity. During the day, he was sent home, but I didn’t mind very much as I am…

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March, 1926, Saturday 20

Had Irish from 9 to 12, and English from 12.30 to 3.30. The Irish paper was fairly hard, but I think I got through all right. I was in bad form for the English exam., and just as I got my paper, a fellow knocked…

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April, 1926, Sunday 25

10th Sunday of Holy Communion. A really glorious tropical day. After finishing my comp., ‘Present Fears are less than Horrible Imaginings’ very appropriate for poor Mam who is playing to-night, and having partaken well of Pap’s birthday dinner, I went with Joe Mangan and Frank…

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May, 1926, Sunday 9

12th Sunday of Holy Communion. Still thinking of St. Joan. The Bishop of Beauvais, Duke of Warwick and Charles VII were extraordinary. – P’s leg is almost better again but he had to take taxi to Cathedral again to-day. Fr. Engelmann does not know yet…

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June, 1926, Thursday 3

Went to eight Mass and Communion, this being the feast of Corpus Christi. There is no procession to-day, but a large demonstration on Sunday next, all the men, military, police, bands and guards taking part. Though to-day is a holiday of obligation, we had English…

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June, 1926, Wednesday 9

Yesterday Mammie gave Margherita notice, so she will be leaving us on 21st. She was very good except for her continual grumbling. Páp and I call her ‘Brummerl’ [little growler]. She can’t understand Páp at all, and is very cheeky to him, so that she…

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September, 1926, Tuesday 14

Dr. Scannell had yet no news about my exams. My hair will turn grey if he doesn’t hurry up. In Dr. Dalton’s English class we read some of ‘Pritchard’s Essays of To-day’. Some of them are very fine. He gave us a comp. ‘Falling Leaves’,…

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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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September, 1926, Tuesday 28

As all my class were on ceremonies in St. Finbarr’s to-day, there was no class, and I finished all my work in school. – Our hall and all the window sashes have just been nicely done up. – Miss Nolan and Mrs. Joyce Sullivan, Mám’s…

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October, 1926, Wednesday 13

Dreams of a quite different atmosphere washed away all the influence of yesterday’s spectacle from my imagination. – I never know what to make of Fr. O’Flynn. He is mid-way between the ideal and the practical, and as a result his work leaves no fruit….

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