August, 1926, Tuesday 10

Packed all the morning. A fine but windy day. The train to Youghal ran with a rain-cloud, so it was raining all the time, but stopped when we got to Youghal. Took a car to the ferry. Instead of the old rowing boat they had…

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August, 1926, Wednesday 11

Was bilious all night, but in spite of it got up early and had a few games of croquet. Mám has forbidden me to touch my books, and though I am sure I could prevail on her by begging, I think I will leave them…

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August, 1926, Thursday 12

Was worse again this morning with biliousness. Had a lovely bathe in our cove. Miss O’Brien and I had a swimming race, and I won. After dinner it began to drizzle so we sat in the cave and read. Tide was too far out for…

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August, 1926, Friday 13

A beautiful day. As we were sitting in our cove, one of the boys staying at the hotel came running to say a gentleman wanted to see Miss O’Brien. She went off, and on coming back told us it was her brother-in-law, Mr. Wallace who…

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August, 1926, Saturday 14

Read the ‘Examiner’. There has been a great fuss lately because a Miss Ederle has swum the Channel, and has been the first woman to do so. She was overwhelmed with bouquets, and in America, her native country, there has been national rejoicing. Such rot!…

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August, 1926, Sunday 15

A great crowd of people stayed here last night, and one gentleman, Mr. Dee, sleeping near us with four others, kicked up a terrible row all night. He is evidently a bit ‘blithers’. It was a wet, misty morning. We went to 12 Mass at…

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August, 1926, Monday 16

It was very wet this morning. Mr. Dee, who is very far gone now, and whom poor Mrs. Donovan, proprietress of the hotel cannot move, was bawling and singing all the morning. After I was playing billiards with another fellow when he came in. He…

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August, 1926, Tuesday 17

Our last day here. After breakfast Mám and I met for a swim, but Miss O’Brien didn’t. The waves were even higher than before, and we were simply thrown around on the stones. I had lunch at 1, then took my bag and parcel of…

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