May, 1926, Friday 21

Dr. Scannell is very charming in the way he illustrates the interesting sidelights he shows us by singing or imitation. To-day he sang for us one of the old Jacobite ballads, in which every second line was Irish, and the other English, the sense continuing…

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May, 1926, Saturday 22

Went off in good spirits to Fermoy by the 9 train. 15 of us went and we had the greatest fun in the train. They were all joking me about my new suit. We got to St Coleman’s about 11. The College is very finely…

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May, 1926, Sunday 23

After Mass and Communion, in which I learnt origin of ‘White Sunday’, being last day for catechumans who were baptised to wear their white clothes, I went off to Castlelack in great spirits, but leaving poor Mam and Pap at home. Sophie and Irmah and…

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May, 1926, Monday 24

This morning I woke up with a fright to find Nellie, the house-dog, licking my arm. A miserable wet, drizzly day for the bank holiday. I am sure hundreds of excursions were spoiled, the cause of much tears to the young people. We spent most…

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May, 1926, Tuesday 25

Back to school again! But work has its attractions also. – When I was home last night, nobody was at home, as Mam was at ‘Fannie’s First Play’ by Bernard Shaw, which she said was very clever, and very common. She told me a killing…

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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, Thursday 27

Yesterday I saw in the paper long accounts about Abd El Krim being done for, but immediately underneath, that the fall of the franc had caused many different outbreaks among ruined Moroccan chiefs. But to-day it is in the paper that poor Abd El Krim…

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May, 1926, Friday 28

Newspaper cutting pasted in: photograph of Abd El Krim with heading ‘Surrender of Riff Leader: Abd El Krim, who has surrendered to the French troops’ Yesterday Mam went to see Mrs. Horgan and her baby. The latter is sweet. Mrs. Horgan said I must come…

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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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May, 1926, Sunday 30

Went to 8 o’clock Mass and Communion, because I have got an Irish exam to-day from 11-12, and I had to do some work for it. Scannie is a show for putting on exams. on Sundays and half-holidays. As luck would have it, we got…

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