March, 1927, Sunday 6

Got over my ´flu providentially, and came to school only to find Dr. Scannell and 40 of the boys laid up with it. So work was deplorably slack during the week. Unfortunately the scare is over and everything is normal again. Got notice that music…

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March, 1927, Sunday 13

Worked hard all the week. Am growing more nervous as the dies fatalis [fateful day] is approaching. We were beaten again in a hurling-match. We are now so used to defeat that we took it quite stoically. But on the whole sporting of this kind…

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March, 1927, Sunday 20

As the band was unable to attend, St Patrick’s day service was performed with organ alone. The choir was singing gloriously when suddenly the organ stopped dead. Such a calamity. And that it should occur on that day of all days! Still the choir kept…

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March, 1927, Monday 21

Having worked all yesterday and the morning, went down to try piano at Rochelle School to-day. I was horribly nervous. Being shown into the room I started off and for Esposito studies the piano seemed alright. But for Field, Beethoven and Schumann it was almost…

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March, 1927, Tuesday 22

Dies fatalis! [the fateful day] Just because I was caring for my form I soon was the possessor of a hearty headache which tram-drives and a walk in the park did not dispel. Was not very nervous but expected the panic to come in reality…

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March, 1927, Sunday 27

Am ‘ar mo cúilín teamhrach’ [in the clover], as we would say in Irish now that I have the weight of that infernal exam. off my mind. To-day chanced to pass a funeral on my way to cousin Arthur’s, and was amazed to see that…

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March, 1927, Monday 28

Went to St. Ita’s ((St Ita’s was the school founded by Mary and Annie MacSwiney, which opened in September 1916 after Mary had lost her job in St. Angela’s school, having been arrested in class. Mary had taught the Swertz girls in the 1890s there,…

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