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, Thursday 1

Rose at 7 and went in Miss O’Brien’s taxi, who stayed with us last night, but on account of dizziness could not go to the service to the Cathedral. The ceremonies went off very well, though lasting 2½ hours. The choir sung the Kyrie and…

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April, 1926, Monday 12

Father Pat left for Rome with Fr. O’Brien yesterday and Mammie and Fräulein Engelmann went out in the Movercock steamer with them to meet the liner. They said it was a wonderful experience, the sea, very stormy and breezy, showing off the huge and majestic…

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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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June, 1926, Wednesday 9

Yesterday Mammie gave Margherita notice, so she will be leaving us on 21st. She was very good except for her continual grumbling. Páp and I call her ‘Brummerl’ [little growler]. She can’t understand Páp at all, and is very cheeky to him, so that she…

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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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August, 1926, Monday 9

After Mass, cycled up to Fr. Willie. He couldn’t get the bag so gave me another. He and Fr. O’Flynn had great joking, and Fr. Christie said that if the Lord were calling him to come into heaven, Fr. Willie would ask him to wait…

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