May, 1926, Tuesday 11

Was in a state yesterday because I thought I had lost my diary, but found to-day that ‘Fannie’ Cottrell had taken it to take a rise out of me, as the saying is. We got 3 cards from Fr. Pat, who is now visiting Villa…

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May, 1926, Wednesday 12

I am a firm believer of reaction and reaction and reaction. If I am in a grumpy mood, as often happens, I don’t mind it so much for I know that I’ll swing over to the opposite extreme in a few hours. School-work is the…

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May, 1926, Thursday 13

Holiday of Obligation to-day, and no school. After Mass and Holy Communion, went on some messages to town, got a clip and Fearanside’s ‘English History’ in Massy’s. – The strike finished yesterday evening! Evidently Mr. Baldwin, the Prime Minister, settled it. Owing to the strike…

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May, 1926, Friday 14

We all left by 11.30 train for Queenstown. A beautiful day. To our dismay we learnt on arrival from Mr. Humbert, owner of States Hotel, that liner was not arriving till 9.30. After a long discussion we decided to wait and see it out, hiring…

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May, 1926, Saturday 15

Was not allowed to go to school on account of going to bed so late, or rather so early in the morning. Though Mam and Pappie hadn’t much time, Fr. Pat gave us some great accounts about Italy. On the whole, he was rather disappointed…

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May, 1926, Sunday 16

Made the 13 Sundays! I must next make the 9 Fridays. – After the drops of yesterday, my eyes are still bleared and the pupils very big. I tried to do some work to keep pace with the fellows in school, but once I am…

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May, 1926, Monday 17

It is always a bit of a trial going back to school after a few days absence. They are all practising for sports with Fermoy next Sunday. The whole school will probably go to Fermoy. Yesterday my companion in the procession was an old Farran…

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May, 1926, Tuesday 18

Was thrown out of Dickie’s class to-day because a fellow put stones into my sack, I tried to throw them inside his coat, and they fell on the ground. I know I was in the wrong to-day and must try and keep quiet in future…

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May, 1926, Wednesday 19

Sophie told me yesterday that Professor Stockley got an official invitation for free passage with the whole family and one guest to the Eucharistic Congress at Chicago this year, and that he refused!! – Saw in the Dachau Zeitung [newspaper] a photograph of Mussolini, who…

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May, 1926, Thursday 20

Yesterday Mrs. Horgan got a daughter, so Ivor and Joe will have a step-sister, and a step-brother now. ((The first Mrs Mary Horgan had three children: Ivor, Joe and Madoline; the second Mary Horgan had two: David and Jean.)) As I sit nearest to the…

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