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, Thursday 4

Read and learned Keats’s prologue to ‘Endymion’, beginning with the famous lines ‘A thing of beauty is a joy for ever’. It strikes me as being a really lovely and inspiring poem. I think that the line of greatest simplicity and beauty is ‘and such…

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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, Saturday 6

Was surprised to hear from Dr. Scannell that Marconi is in a way indebted to Cork for his first rise to greatness. Apparently there was a meeting of the commercial business men of Gt. Britain and Ireland some years ago, and three Corkmen attended to…

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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, Wednesday 10

Did not go to school, but went to Imperial Hotel to arrange everything for concert. I was there from 9.30 till 2 o’clock. Only one man came with cartloads of chairs, and I had to haul them up with a rope from the yard below…

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