February, 1926, Tuesday 16

Was delighted to hear in school that John Cottrell is being taken back on Sunday next. Great excitement at Doctor Scannell’s rigid new method of putting a check to the breaking of school regulations. A committee was formed by senior grade fellows to-day to put…

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February, 1926, Friday 19

At play I broke the window of one of the nuns’ ((The Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph looked after the priests and schoolboys in Farrnferris, seeing to cleaning, cooking and nursing.)) rooms with a ball. The reverend mother was sitting behind the window and she…

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February, 1926, Saturday 20

Had some fun at school, but was unfortunate enough to run against Fr. Dalton as I was turning a corner of the corridor and knocked him against the wall. He was very nice about it. I am getting into a lot of bad scrapes lately….

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March, 1926, Saturday 6

Was surprised to hear from Dr. Scannell that Marconi is in a way indebted to Cork for his first rise to greatness. Apparently there was a meeting of the commercial business men of Gt. Britain and Ireland some years ago, and three Corkmen attended to…

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March, 1926, Monday 29

Did all my work this morning and practised piano. Pappie caught me trying to compose, and was swearing. He said I should learn something first, and stop this ‘dilettantisch’ business. He is really right, but I love fishing around, and seeing what I can make….

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April, 1926, Friday 23

Measured myself in the study-hall in school, and found I was just below the line running along the wall. I wonder when I will be over it: I am still very small for my age, and by far the smallest in my class. Went over…

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April, 1926, Saturday 24

Pappie’s birthday. We all wish him the greatest joy. – Got cards from Fr. Pat, who is now in Rome. He is rather tired, but has had many interesting experiences. I’m sure we will have talks of 5 hours at length when he comes back….

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April, 1926, Monday 26

Learnt of Foster’s Corn Law and Orde’s resolutions in the History class. Dr. Scannell showed me to-day during German a first-class relic of St. Agatha together with a document in Latin certifying its verity, which I had to translate. Talking about relics, I asked him…

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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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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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