March, 1926, Monday 1

Great excitement in school, as our team entered for the Harty Cup, left at nine for Fermoy. Dr. Scannell and a few other priests went with the boys, so we had scarcely any class, and I did all my ex. At 2 o’clock there was…

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March, 1926, Tuesday 2

The rumour that we won the match is true. At the lodge the gardener, grinning from ear to ear, told us that at about 10.30 on Wednesday [Monday] night the team came back from Fermoy; and sang and whistled and played mouth-organs all the way…

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March, 1926, Wednesday 3

When class was finished to-day at 12 o’clock, we had a practice-match with the North Monastery in their field for the under-17 years league. Though hurley is a good game, it is a dangerous one, and when hulks of fellows get cross, and begin to…

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March, 1926, Friday 5

Remained to-day for dinner at school in order to practise hurley for the under seventeen, coming off with Fermoy on the 13th. There was little to do, however, as the seniors monopolised the pitch, and I came home fairly disgusted with my left hand bleeding…

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March, 1926, Sunday 7

3rd Sunday of Holy Communion. Saw poor Miss Cassilly at Mass. She lost her leg and very nearly her life, through carelessness on the part of her doctor a month ago, but is now well and cheerful again as ever. She taught me before in…

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March, 1926, Monday 8

Found Dr. Scannell and the boys very good-humoured in spite of big defeat. Dr. Scannell especially is very cheery, and is going to give the boys extra cakes from Thompson’s for tea. Went to the St. Thomas Aquinas Mass at the St Mary’s, Pope’s Quay,…

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March, 1926, Tuesday 9

Stayed again for a hurley-practice after dinner. The boys are very hospitable, and I got a room to tog out, jersey, knickers, and a fine hurley without the least trouble. Hurley is splendid exercise, and the few days of practice I have had has taken…

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March, 1926, Thursday 11

Had great fun in school with Mr. Lenihan, commonly known as Dickie. Whenever he makes a joke, and they are generally very poor, we all stand up and salaam for about 5 minutes. It flatters rather than annoys him. Stayed again for final hurley-practice. Went…

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March, 1926, Saturday 13

Class finished at 12 and the team including myself got our togs ready for the match against Fermoy. After luncheon at 12.30 we were driven, fully togged, by char-a-banc to station, and having picked up the Fermoy fellows, we drove to athletic grounds. At 3…

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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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