March, 1926, Friday 19

Order of exams to-day – history 9.30-12, Latin 12.45-3.15. The history paper was very interesting, and not too hard. Amongst the questions were to describe the movement of the different tribes in Western Europe about 511 a.d.; give an account of the Thirty Years War;…

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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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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, Tuesday 23

I got the results of English to-day. I got first by 229 out of 300. The next fellow, MacSwiney, got 156. We had an exam in arithmetic from 1-3, and even though my finger was bandaged and bleeding from a smack of a hurley I…

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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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March, 1926, Friday 26

Last day. Got marks of the rest of the exams. In Latin 320/400, the next being Charlie O’Connor with 230; in Irish 214/400, 3rd place in class; and in maths 258/600, very poor, though poor old Pa did not see two of my sums which…

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April, 1926, Friday 23

Measured myself in the study-hall in school, and found I was just below the line running along the wall. I wonder when I will be over it: I am still very small for my age, and by far the smallest in my class. Went over…

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May, 1926, Sunday 30

Went to 8 o’clock Mass and Communion, because I have got an Irish exam to-day from 11-12, and I had to do some work for it. Scannie is a show for putting on exams. on Sundays and half-holidays. As luck would have it, we got…

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May, 1926, Monday 31

We had ordinary class to-day. I am feeling pretty disgusted after yesterday. I intended giving up all Sunday to a good swot at history, but owing to our excursion I could only do about an hour and a half when I came home. In addition,…

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June, 1926, Wednesday 2

To-day we had geom. from 9-11. It was a fierce paper, and I was in despair about it. I did 2½ out of 7 and only 1½ right! Well, it can’t be helped; I may make up for it in the other maths papers. There…

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