March, 1926, Saturday 27

Made out a plan of morning work for the holidays. I will do 2 hours school work, and 1½ hours piano every morning if I can. After breakfast (I get up at 8.30) I tidied up all my books and things in the dining-room, then…

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April, 1926, Sunday 25

10th Sunday of Holy Communion. A really glorious tropical day. After finishing my comp., ‘Present Fears are less than Horrible Imaginings’ very appropriate for poor Mam who is playing to-night, and having partaken well of Pap’s birthday dinner, I went with Joe Mangan and Frank…

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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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June, 1926, Friday 4

Wanted to make 9 1st Fridays, but Mám won’t let me begin now, as I am in bad health, according to her. – Yesterday I got no 8 of ‘Lands and Peoples’. It is very interesting on China and Manchuria. Nos. 7 and 9 are…

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June, 1926, Saturday 5

Result of Arithmetic was out to-day. I got 65%, and two other fellows got the same. In Irish I got 244/400, 3rd place in class. Was kept back for dinner to-day because Dr. Scannell has decided that I am to be one of the thurifers…

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June, 1926, Sunday 6

Went to 9 Holy Communion, studied some French, went to 12 High Mass, and helped Mám at roller and turning over. The choir sang Pembauer’s Mass gloriously, but there were not many in church on account of procession being just after. The Beadle has got…

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August, 1926, Sunday 8

Got all my work done in the morning. Nannie came for dinner and Miss O’Brien was expected, but didn’t turn up, and Mám was very disappointed as we had a lovely dinner prepared especially a new apple-pudding. Afterwards she came and all the plans were…

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September, 1926, Monday 13

Yesterday Miss O’Brien sent me to St. Ita’s School with an umbrella. It was Miss Mary MacSwiney opened the door. Whatever about her politics, for an unpractical ideal, namely sudden break off and independence from England, cannot be put into force, she is really charming,…

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November, 1926, Tuesday 9

Was sent by Dr. Scannell on a message to Blarney Street schools. They look pretty dilapidated. These are in a part of Cork in which I never was before. As small as Cork is, I am sure I have not been through 2/3 of it….

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December, 1926, Tuesday 24

At last Xmas Eve has arrived. It has approached subconsciously, so that I felt a shock when it was there, and found it hard to awaken the ‘Stimmung’ [atmosphere, mood] of old times. Then those two days were held sacred by me and I walked…

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