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 24

Had some traditional singing from Father O’Flynn. The first air he sang for us was one played by harpers as they led the clans to battle. He imitated the twang of the harp-strings very well, and the air would rouse anyone to battle-fury. We were…

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March, 1926, Saturday 20

Had Irish from 9 to 12, and English from 12.30 to 3.30. The Irish paper was fairly hard, but I think I got through all right. I was in bad form for the English exam., and just as I got my paper, a fellow knocked…

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March, 1926, Wednesday 24

To-day we had Maths I from 9-11, and Maths II from 11.45-1.45. The papers were not so difficult, and I did 4 out of 8 right for Maths I, and 4½ out of 8 right for Maths II. That was not too bad considering I…

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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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March, 1926, Monday 29

Did all my work this morning and practised piano. Pappie caught me trying to compose, and was swearing. He said I should learn something first, and stop this ‘dilettantisch’ business. He is really right, but I love fishing around, and seeing what I can make….

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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, Saturday 24

Pappie’s birthday. We all wish him the greatest joy. – Got cards from Fr. Pat, who is now in Rome. He is rather tired, but has had many interesting experiences. I’m sure we will have talks of 5 hours at length when he comes back….

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April, 1926, Wednesday 28

Got a card from Father Pat saying that he had a private audience with the Pope, and is having a glorious time. – Went to match to-day at which there was a huge crowd. Of course, we were beaten by about 5 goals, though our…

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May, 1926, Wednesday 5

A few days ago we got some fine postcards from Fr. Pat, who is in Naples now, showing the Bay of Naples, and one of Tiberius’ palaces in Capri. We get one or two postcards almost every day. – Stayed at home to-day to look…

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