February, 1926, Tuesday 2

No letter of protest in paper, but most of our artistic circle very enthusiastic. Receive copy of ‘Walpurgis Nacht’ autographed by Peter Dawson, in which he says that the concert was a really splendid one, and signs himself ‘Harmoniously yours’, a pun. Pappy enjoys day…

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February, 1926, Thursday 4

Have great fun at school. There is one fellow, nicknamed ‘Babylonian Dick’ with whom I am ceaselessly fighting. We are like two young bears, always quarrelling and arguing with the greatest good-humour. I go off into fits of laughter, even when at home, on thinking…

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February, 1926, Monday 8

Found greatest excitement prevailing in school. Two boys, it appeared, being tired of the monotony of school life, escaped by one of the back doors at 8.30 on Sunday evening, and went down town where they went to the pictures and had a gay time….

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February, 1926, Thursday 11

Had a lengthy argument with a boy in school about Germany and the war. The boys are all very fair-minded in Farran Ferris, but they often try to draw me out by telling me about the brutalities committed by the Germans. I always argue the…

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February, 1926, Sunday 14

Awoke at half past nine, and could scarcely pull myself out of bed. My toes and feet were aching, and I am afraid I was very sleepy at Mass. It shows how attentive those must be who have been at an all-night dance on the…

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February, 1926, Tuesday 16

Was delighted to hear in school that John Cottrell is being taken back on Sunday next. Great excitement at Doctor Scannell’s rigid new method of putting a check to the breaking of school regulations. A committee was formed by senior grade fellows to-day to put…

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February, 1926, Friday 19

At play I broke the window of one of the nuns’ ((The Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph looked after the priests and schoolboys in Farrnferris, seeing to cleaning, cooking and nursing.)) rooms with a ball. The reverend mother was sitting behind the window and she…

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March, 1926, Monday 8

Found Dr. Scannell and the boys very good-humoured in spite of big defeat. Dr. Scannell especially is very cheery, and is going to give the boys extra cakes from Thompson’s for tea. Went to the St. Thomas Aquinas Mass at the St Mary’s, Pope’s Quay,…

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March, 1926, Monday 15

It is always rather desponding to come to school after losing a match, but they were all in quite good humour. Dr. Scannell told us the story of Napoleon’s interview with Metternich at Leipzig. In the debate the two were marching up and down the…

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March, 1926, Tuesday 23

I got the results of English to-day. I got first by 229 out of 300. The next fellow, MacSwiney, got 156. We had an exam in arithmetic from 1-3, and even though my finger was bandaged and bleeding from a smack of a hurley I…

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