March, 1926, Wednesday 31

Found a letter waiting for me this morning from Mrs. MacDonnell, inviting me out. It is really very generous and kind of her I think I spent some of the happiest days of my life in Castlelack. ((The MacDonnells’ house in Bandon. They had been…

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April, 1926, Monday 5

Off to Castlelack! A glorious morning for the occasion. Came by 10 o’clock train, and Mr. MacDonnell was kind enough to meet me at the station with the car. Mrs. MacDonnell, Lola, Diarmuid, Cáitín and Liam are all splendid, and in the best of spirits….

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April, 1926, Friday 9

Went to Bandon in the car with Mr. MacDonnell, and stayed in the shop with him till dinner-time. In the meantime I counted the office money, answered telephone-calls; read ‘Progress’, a very interesting magazine, edited by the Lever Bros, complacent British soap-magnates whose dealing extends…

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May, 1926, Tuesday 18

Was thrown out of Dickie’s class to-day because a fellow put stones into my sack, I tried to throw them inside his coat, and they fell on the ground. I know I was in the wrong to-day and must try and keep quiet in future…

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May, 1926, Sunday 23

After Mass and Communion, in which I learnt origin of ‘White Sunday’, being last day for catechumans who were baptised to wear their white clothes, I went off to Castlelack in great spirits, but leaving poor Mam and Pap at home. Sophie and Irmah and…

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May, 1926, Tuesday 25

Back to school again! But work has its attractions also. – When I was home last night, nobody was at home, as Mam was at ‘Fannie’s First Play’ by Bernard Shaw, which she said was very clever, and very common. She told me a killing…

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August, 1926, Thursday 5

Managed to get through some work this morning. After went out for messages and got 11 and 12 of ‘Lands and Peoples’. After, Mám and I went to the Pavilion for lunch, and had a very delicate meal of salmon and peach Melba. It was…

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August, 1926, Sunday 22

Drove to Balnacaraige with Fr. Pat for Mass and Communion. Hung around, read and did no work until after lunch. Fr. Pat, Denis and myself started off for the Cotton Mills, Mount Pleasant, Newcestown, Bandon, whither we were invited to see Fr. O’Flynn’s Shakespearian Company…

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