September, 1926, Wednesday 1

Got Mass by the skin of my teeth this morning. Bargained 14 more stamps off Brian! After dinner went off to Horgans’. Joe and I rowed up the river, landed and had a game with his new rugby football, then had a fine swim, diving…

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September, 1926, Thursday 2

Heard Mám playing for the first time Schumann’s Sonata in G. It is a glorious work. It and Chopin’s Valse in A haunt me all day and put a sort of colour into my work, which is, I am afraid, rather bad for my concentration….

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September, 1926, Friday 3

First Friday Was furious with myself for sleeping out for 8, but went to 10 ten [mass] instead. No letter from Páp yet – it is extraordinary. Got a letter from Julia enclosing stamps sent her by a Belgian priest – 50 Hungarian and Belgian…

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September, 1926, Saturday 4

The end of my holiday work! For I am going to rest completely to-morrow and Monday. The school did badly in the exams, because there is only an adv[ert] in the paper of the school’s opening, no list of exhibitions, honours or prizes. At 8…

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September, 1926, Sunday 5

Though I have looked forward to to-day for a long time, it was not so pleasant as I expected. For no pleasure can be enjoyed without some work in the background to throw it into relief. Did nothing but stamps and read ‘Lands and Peoples’…

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September, 1926, Monday 6

The last day of my hols! Well, I cannot grumble for I had very happy ones, and worked quite well too. This is also the end of my novena to St Aloysius and of my Masses. Did some gardening and read about India in ‘Lands…

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September, 1926, Tuesday 7

Back again! The place is teeming with new fellows, 82 all told. We seniors, of course, felt very superior to them. Most of the college is done up and painted. In our class, Senior Honours, Fannie Cottrell and Finbarr Desmond are gone, but instead we…

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September, 1926, Wednesday 8

To-day is the feast of the Blessed Virgin so there was no school, the boys serving on the altar. Went to 8 Mass, worked, and then went with Mám to the Cathedral. This was the hardest of the two Masses she will have to conduct…

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September, 1926, Thursday 9

Had a real day’s class to-day. I now see what a terrible fool I was not to go in for the Matric last year. The other fellows have 2 ¾ hours free in the day, while I am swotting maths, and 1 ½ would be…

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September, 1926, Friday 10

More complications to-day. Found our from Dr. Scannell that Matric authors and L.C.H. course are widely different. In English Matric: – Macbeth, Julius Caesar, poems of Goldsmith, Ruskin. L.C.H.: – Hamlet, Merchant of Venice, Pritchard’s Essays, Palgrove’s Golden Treasury. So I can’t possibly do both….

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