October, 1926, Monday 11

‘The Beggars’ Opera’ is at present in Cork and ‘Lilac Time’ was on last week. We are getting some good things at last. – To-day I had to ride back immediately after school for a hurley practice – the matches will be coming off soon….

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October, 1926, Tuesday 12

Mrs. Vaudrey was for tea this evening. She is a very charming little person. I remember her presence and voice now though it is 7 years since she was here. – Rushed through some lessons, didn’t finish and went with Mám to ‘Helen of Troy’….

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October, 1926, Wednesday 13

Dreams of a quite different atmosphere washed away all the influence of yesterday’s spectacle from my imagination. – I never know what to make of Fr. O’Flynn. He is mid-way between the ideal and the practical, and as a result his work leaves no fruit….

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October, 1926, Thursday 14

Dr. Scannell is at present in Dublin, so did home-work during free hours of History and German. Today begins the Retreat, the last of my schools-days. This is my fourth year at Farran Ferris, and I have made 3 retreats, this being my fourth and…

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October, 1926, Friday 15

Went to 8 Mass and then to Retreat at 10. From 10-2 made Stations of the Cross, read life of St Aloysius, which I think a really sensible and inspiring book, and heard lectures. Made 7 good resolutions. Miss O’Brien was for dinner. An awkward…

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October, 1926, Saturday 16

Made a good general Confession to-day and attended Retreat well. Col. Brase was there to-day, and when I came home at 7 from Retreat, Mammie and Páp and he had gone to Horgans’ for supper. – We up at Farran Ferris are very conservative in…

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October, 1926, Sunday 17

Retreat was ended this morning with Mass by the reverend, beautiful old Bishop, ((The Bishop was Daniel Cohalan (1856-1952), who became Bishop of Cork in 1916. In 1950, aged 94, he finally agreed to allow a coadjutor bishop be appointed to assist him. Aloys Fleischmann…

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October, 1926, Monday 18

As all the visitors’ things were in the bedroom last night I decided to rest in Páp’s room till they were gone, but I fell asleep, and slept through the night with all my clothes on. Felt very funny in the morning after it. Criticism…

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October, 1926, Tuesday 19

As I walked down the avenue, I saw the Bishop coming upwards, and he actually knew me by name, though it is many years since he used to pat me on the head, and call me ‘little Aloys’. He graciously let me kiss his ring,…

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October, 1926, Wednesday 20

Was astonished to find that I am nominated for the Senior Cup trial match with Fermoy to-day. My place was right wing forward. Cycled home and finished Harmony and piano. Then cycled up to school. We all went then up to the camp field near…

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