May, 1926, Saturday 1

I must read Gibson’s history of Cork when I have time. Dr. Scannell read extracts from it to-day which were very interesting. – It is funny how jokes run in cycles at school. A great joke runs for about 2 weeks, then it goes stale,…

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May, 1926, Sunday 2

11th Sunday of Holy Communion. Poor Pappie was worse again to-day. He could not go to 10 o’clock Mass, and took a taxi to 12. I had to go with him. He had terrible pain. I was in a muddle to-day, because Stockleys had invited…

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May, 1926, Monday 3

Had to help Pappie this morning, as he was worse again, and was nearly late for school. Dr. Scannell gave me a history of German literature for Pappie. He was delighted with it. Found on coming home that the sciatica was much worse, and the…

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May, 1926, Tuesday 4

Pappie had terrible pain this morning, so much so that when Dr. Donovan cauterised his leg, he could bear that far more easily than the pain. When I came back from school, he said he was comparatively in heaven, as the pain was almost gone….

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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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May, 1926, Thursday 6

To-day those who are going for Matric. were separated from History class, I and about 10 others being left with class. First sign of the changing of old order. – With reference to ‘ausgelernter Feldscher’ [trained army barber-surgeon] in Eichendorff [Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts]…

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May, 1926, Friday 7

Fräulein Engelmann told us last night of choir meeting which was held. They all protested, and said they would remain firm to Pappie. Letter will be written to Committee. There is actually a rumour around that a new choral conductor is going to be appointed….

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May, 1926, Saturday 8

I hope that Fräulein Engelmann will get that position. In that case she would not leave after summer, as she intended, which would be a great boon to us all. – Had no German to-day, got home earlier, and found Pappie up, and very well…

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May, 1926, Sunday 9

12th Sunday of Holy Communion. Still thinking of St. Joan. The Bishop of Beauvais, Duke of Warwick and Charles VII were extraordinary. – P’s leg is almost better again but he had to take taxi to Cathedral again to-day. Fr. Engelmann does not know yet…

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May, 1926, Monday 10

Forgot to say that criticism of Mr. and Mrs. Neeson’s concert was not too bad, for a wonder. – Had a heated argument to-day in school about St. Joan. It is extraordinary. The virtuous young priests who thought ‘No, No, Nanette’ great, and who neither…

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