February, 1926, Friday 5

Did some bargaining for stamps in school, and got some good ones. By my exertions, I have started about eight fellows in collecting stamps, and I often do a roaring trade with them. In addition, Bill, the Bishop’s chauffeur, Julia, one of the housemaids, and…

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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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February, 1926, Tuesday 16

Was delighted to hear in school that John Cottrell is being taken back on Sunday next. Great excitement at Doctor Scannell’s rigid new method of putting a check to the breaking of school regulations. A committee was formed by senior grade fellows to-day to put…

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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, Sunday 21

5th Sunday of Holy Communion. As we get no ex. during the exams, I finished early. Wrote a letter to Julia, thanking her for sending away to Belgium for stamps. She has actually come to an agreement with a priest in Liège College that for…

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March, 1926, Thursday 25

Second-last day of term. For the second time, I was in the study-hall for Fr. Deasy’s class. Though apparently cross and morose, he is a great sport, and is very popular amongst the boys. His favourite themes are plus-fours, Russian boots, lap-dogs and Sinn Féin….

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April, 1926, Wednesday 14

Back to school again! Ugh! Still, in Farran Ferris we always tumble to our work immediately, and after one day we feel as though we were back in school a week. Found everything the same as usual. Poor Julia sent me some lovely stamps for…

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May, 1926, Saturday 15

Was not allowed to go to school on account of going to bed so late, or rather so early in the morning. Though Mam and Pappie hadn’t much time, Fr. Pat gave us some great accounts about Italy. On the whole, he was rather disappointed…

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June, 1926, Friday 4

Wanted to make 9 1st Fridays, but Mám won’t let me begin now, as I am in bad health, according to her. – Yesterday I got no 8 of ‘Lands and Peoples’. It is very interesting on China and Manchuria. Nos. 7 and 9 are…

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June, 1926, Tuesday 22

Went to 8 Mass again. Found a paper had come from poor Julia. She said it might be of use to Páp. It was ‘Le Matin’! She thought it was a German paper; it was very good of her. – A month ago I proposed…

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