February, 1926, Wednesday 10

Had lessons in Irish traditional singing from Father O’Flynn ((Father James Christopher O’Flynn (1881-1962), curate in Cork´s North Cathedral, founded the Cork Shakespearian Company in 1926, which from 1927 performed regularly at the Opera House and produced a series of renowned actors. Fr. O’Flynn developed…

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February, 1926, Wednesday 24

Had some traditional singing from Father O’Flynn. The first air he sang for us was one played by harpers as they led the clans to battle. He imitated the twang of the harp-strings very well, and the air would rouse anyone to battle-fury. We were…

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May, 1926, Wednesday 19

Sophie told me yesterday that Professor Stockley got an official invitation for free passage with the whole family and one guest to the Eucharistic Congress at Chicago this year, and that he refused!! – Saw in the Dachau Zeitung [newspaper] a photograph of Mussolini, who…

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May, 1926, Wednesday 26

To-day we had to have Hamlet’s speech to the players off for Fr. O’Flynn, but I went over it so many times but when I got up to say it, being nervous, I forgot it all, and was disgraced. I can never exert will-power in…

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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, 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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August, 1926, Sunday 22

Drove to Balnacaraige with Fr. Pat for Mass and Communion. Hung around, read and did no work until after lunch. Fr. Pat, Denis and myself started off for the Cotton Mills, Mount Pleasant, Newcestown, Bandon, whither we were invited to see Fr. O’Flynn’s Shakespearian Company…

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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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