February, 1926, Saturday 13

At last the day has arrived! I hurried home as quickly as I could, and got everything ready. Margaret [the housekeeper] refused point-blank to polish my shoes, so I left rather ill-humoured, but this soon wore off when I arrived. I was the first to…

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April, 1926, Thursday 22

The census is at present being taken. I wonder what the result will show, that Ireland is going backwards or forwards. ‘Queen Margherita’ refused point blank to give her age so the Civic Guard when he calls will have a nice job in coaxing it…

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May, 1926, Wednesday 26

To-day we had to have Hamlet’s speech to the players off for Fr. O’Flynn, but I went over it so many times but when I got up to say it, being nervous, I forgot it all, and was disgraced. I can never exert will-power in…

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May, 1926, Saturday 29

Last night Mam and I were talking about poor old Scully. He is a terrible loss to us. If he were here we would all have had many an enjoyable and delightful evening. The stories of his conjuring tricks, his pranks, his jokes, his never-failing…

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June, 1926, Wednesday 9

Yesterday Mammie gave Margherita notice, so she will be leaving us on 21st. She was very good except for her continual grumbling. Páp and I call her ‘Brummerl’ [little growler]. She can’t understand Páp at all, and is very cheeky to him, so that she…

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July, 1926, Thursday 8

Exit poor Queen Margherita II. Her rule is over and her dynasty deposed by a ‘revolution from above’. It is always horrible when someone who has been living with us for over a year goes. It is always a sharp break. Poor Margareth [sic] has…

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