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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April, 1926, Tuesday 20

Dr. Scannell was laughing at me to-day in class that I was afraid to do Matric. I am still doubtful, because, of course, it would be great to get it over, and then I would concentrate on Leaving Cert. next year. Still, my music would…

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May, 1926, Thursday 13

Holiday of Obligation to-day, and no school. After Mass and Holy Communion, went on some messages to town, got a clip and Fearanside’s ‘English History’ in Massy’s. – The strike finished yesterday evening! Evidently Mr. Baldwin, the Prime Minister, settled it. Owing to the strike…

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June, 1926, Saturday 5

Result of Arithmetic was out to-day. I got 65%, and two other fellows got the same. In Irish I got 244/400, 3rd place in class. Was kept back for dinner to-day because Dr. Scannell has decided that I am to be one of the thurifers…

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June, 1926, Friday 11

First day fairly dry for a week. If this is summer weather, what will it be in August? Poor Mám was very sick all last night. She always has bad luck. – Read in paper that the Syrian rebels have given an ultimatum to the…

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July, 1926, Monday 5

Went after Mass to Mr. Fielding, the President, about the Choral Society. Then to Mrs. Neeson’s home, to ask if we could get the boat in the evening, a brilliant idea (mine) as I didn’t know how on earth to amuse Betty whom I invited…

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July, 1926, Thursday 8

Exit poor Queen Margherita II. Her rule is over and her dynasty deposed by a ‘revolution from above’. It is always horrible when someone who has been living with us for over a year goes. It is always a sharp break. Poor Margareth [sic] has…

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July, 1926, Wednesday 14

At about 12 this morning, Fr. Pat, Mám and myself took a boat up the river. We passed by the Cappoquin Bacon Factory, where 400 pigs are killed every week, and it was horrible to hear the poor pigs squealing. The weather was sweltering all…

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August, 1926, Wednesday 18

Back again! Slept out, so heard no Mass. – When I came home yesterday didn’t I find a basket of cigarette-cards and wonderful stamps waiting for me at Mrs. Brooks from poor Julia. She called and we were not there! I must go and see…

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August, 1926, Monday 30

Read in paper that there was a great monarchist demonstration in Bavaria, and a reunion of all officers and veterans in the old regime. So lives monarchy in Bavaria! It must have been an inspiring sight to see the glorious uniforms and grandees of pre-war…

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