October, 1926, Thursday 21

We spent all Latin and Maths class to-day writing out for Fr. Wesley, the Bishop’s Secretary, corrections to an Episcopal letter. – Got a cardigan. – I am getting very stylish. Also got examination music. Went to choir practice. Only an improvement of 10 since…

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October, 1926, Friday 22

Got fine Syrian stamps from a fellow in school whose aunt is a nun in Damascus. – Wore my new pull-over. It looks very well. Finished No. 17 ‘Lands and Peoples’. It is really very interesting, and I am learning immensely from it. Began Esposito’s…

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October, 1926, Saturday 23

Dr. Scannell gave me 3 fine overprinted Maltese stamps to-day. He and Fr. Dalton made up a ballad of about 20 verses for the match which is coming off to-morrow between Cork and Kilkenny. They are real babies. Dr. Scannell is going up to Dublin…

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October, 1926, Sunday 24

The children at the 10 o’clock Mass to-day in St. Patrick’s sang very sweetly. Every Sunday morning I have a terrible headache, which destroy my reading or stamp-arranging I may do during the day. The church and then working till 1 or 2 probably give…

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October, 1926, Monday 25

Yesterday evening Páp discussed about his going fortnightly to Bantry to teach there. The arrangements are now almost complete. It will mean about ₤200 a year extra and perhaps a holiday for all of us in Germany!!! – Dr. Scannell was in great humour to-day…

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October, 1926, Tuesday 26

Had the misfortune to slide most peacefully into a big, muddy pool playing hurley at play to-day, and simply destroyed the short trousers of my new suit and my new pull-over. Spent half an hour mopping the mud off, but it was no use, and…

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October, 1926, Wednesday 27

Had a great argument with Charlie O’Connor and some other fellows about Bavaria. Told them about the great kings, King Ludwig II, and the wonderful ceremonies of church and state. Ventured to make a comparison with Ireland and got my head chopped off. They certainly…

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October, 1926, Thursday 28

Dr. Scannell has this year taken over Senior Pass Latin class, who are so bad and lazy that the name has become a proverb, and every day there is murder during the class. A few days ago he called them a gang in the History…

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October, 1926, Friday 29

At Col. Brase’s advice, Mám is reading Coué’s ‘Selbstbemeisterung’ [‘Self Mastery through Conscious Autosuggestion’] ((Émile Coué (1857-1926) was a French pharmacist and psychologist who discovered the impact of suggestion and developed a method of psychotherapy and self-healing. He believed that many problems and indeed illnesses…

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October, 1926, Saturday 30

Great day of match with North Monastery. Got a half-day, did some work, and walked to match. My place, left wing forward, was ably filled by Paddie Sullivan. I was delighted I was not put on the team as I would only have made a…

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