February, 1926, Wednesday 17

Was very interested in history class. While speaking of the ‘Marseillaise’, Dr. Scannell told us that that stupid and common song ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ was widely spread throughout England during the war, and that the English soldiers in France were continually singing…

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February, 1926, Saturday 20

Had some fun at school, but was unfortunate enough to run against Fr. Dalton as I was turning a corner of the corridor and knocked him against the wall. He was very nice about it. I am getting into a lot of bad scrapes lately….

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March, 1926, Tuesday 2

The rumour that we won the match is true. At the lodge the gardener, grinning from ear to ear, told us that at about 10.30 on Wednesday [Monday] night the team came back from Fermoy; and sang and whistled and played mouth-organs all the way…

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March, 1926, Friday 5

Remained to-day for dinner at school in order to practise hurley for the under seventeen, coming off with Fermoy on the 13th. There was little to do, however, as the seniors monopolised the pitch, and I came home fairly disgusted with my left hand bleeding…

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March, 1926, Friday 12

Heard a killing story of old Cork from Dr. Scannell in English class. A renowned character, Micky Free, with an emaciated and aged lion, whose teeth had long ago fallen out, and had been replaced by artificial ones, used to pitch his tent in the…

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April, 1926, Thursday 15

Read in the paper this morning that there will be a cessation of hostilities on to-morrow between Abd El Krim and the French and Spanish. The French are all talk about the heavy terms they will impose, but it is significant that they are sending…

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June, 1926, Friday 11

First day fairly dry for a week. If this is summer weather, what will it be in August? Poor Mám was very sick all last night. She always has bad luck. – Read in paper that the Syrian rebels have given an ultimatum to the…

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July, 1926, Wednesday 28

Read yesterday in paper that the persecution of Catholics by the Mexican government is increasing in ferocity, and the Pope has asked all the faithful to pray for the banished priests and nuns, and for those who are deprived of all religious consolations. The war…

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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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