February, 1927, Sunday 13

We are taking Geography for our exam. and Dr. Scannell ((Dr. Joseph Augustine Scannell (18??-1961) was born in Cork, studied in Louvain and Rome, was ordained in Rome in 1904. He was chaplain to the Irish Guards 1914-18, and was decorated for his bravery. He…

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February, 1927, Sunday 20

Important events took place in school during the week. Dr. Scannell found his senior pass class intolerable, though indeed they are doing their best, and gave them a terrible time of it. To protest, they held revolutionary meetings in the class halls, invested Hunt and…

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March, 1927, Sunday 6

Got over my ´flu providentially, and came to school only to find Dr. Scannell and 40 of the boys laid up with it. So work was deplorably slack during the week. Unfortunately the scare is over and everything is normal again. Got notice that music…

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June, 1927, Friday 24

Tandem, tandem libertas! [at last, at last freedom] The last six weeks are a blur of machine-like swotting unceasing, all working up to a great climax. The Sunday before my exams. turned over for Mám at broadcasting station. She played Debussy’s ‘Jardins sous la pluie’…

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August, 1927, Sunday 21

Saw with a start in the paper that I got four firsts [in Ireland] in my exams: Latin, History, German, Music. There was a great puff about it in the paper, which I read in the train on our way to Bandon to meet Father…

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October, 1927, Sunday 2

Was sent for by Dr. Scannell to hurriedly get my photo taken and appeared in ‘Examiner’ some time after with a scholarship-senior, Costigan. It was a hideous likeness, much to my mortification. Then he had the kindness to take us for a day and a…

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