February, 1926, Monday 1

Great disgust on seeing criticism of concert. Absolutely rotten. While every trash gets the highest praise in the ‘Examiner’, this beautiful concert, and all really artistic performances, are shamefully ignored. Many resolutions of going to Germany as soon as possible, where good efforts of any…

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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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February, 1926, Wednesday 17

Was very interested in history class. While speaking of the ‘Marseillaise’, Dr. Scannell told us that that stupid and common song ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ was widely spread throughout England during the war, and that the English soldiers in France were continually singing…

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June, 1926, Monday 21

Went to 8 Mass in honour of the feast of St. Aloysius. I have determined to reform my prayers and duties in general, and to make St. Aloysius my patron. Will go to 8 Mass every morning of the hols. That will be about 60…

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August, 1926, Friday 13

A beautiful day. As we were sitting in our cove, one of the boys staying at the hotel came running to say a gentleman wanted to see Miss O’Brien. She went off, and on coming back told us it was her brother-in-law, Mr. Wallace who…

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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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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 15

At last Páp is coming back from Germany. Mám and I went at 10 to the quays and stayed till we saw the ‘Killarney’ and then walked along waving to Páp whom we saw quite plainly. He is looking very well, though a bit thin….

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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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October, 1926, Sunday 31

The new feast day of the Kingship of Christ. Dr. Frend was present at dinner and there was most interesting conversation about the incredible English propaganda work during the war. Mám told us how Fr. Thomas, a distinguished Cork priest, went around the country giving…

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