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, 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, 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, Monday 15

Was sorry to hear when I came to school that my friend John Cottrell was caught smoking. He is a very good fellow, and it is a great pity. During the day, he was sent home, but I didn’t mind very much as I am…

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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, 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, Monday 22

Was surprised to learn that the French revolutionaries change the whole order of the year. It seems to me to have been a very practical arrangement, no 31s and 29s. The senior honours class at school is the ideal one. We are seven all told,…

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