February, 1926, Tuesday 23

I may as well give my week’s routine here, as nothing much happened to-day. Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, I have to get up at 7.40, breakfast at 8, during which I generally study, leave at 8.30 for school at 9, history, then…

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March, 1926, Thursday 11

Had great fun in school with Mr. Lenihan, commonly known as Dickie. Whenever he makes a joke, and they are generally very poor, we all stand up and salaam for about 5 minutes. It flatters rather than annoys him. Stayed again for final hurley-practice. Went…

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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, Thursday 25

Second-last day of term. For the second time, I was in the study-hall for Fr. Deasy’s class. Though apparently cross and morose, he is a great sport, and is very popular amongst the boys. His favourite themes are plus-fours, Russian boots, lap-dogs and Sinn Féin….

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March, 1926, Friday 26

Last day. Got marks of the rest of the exams. In Latin 320/400, the next being Charlie O’Connor with 230; in Irish 214/400, 3rd place in class; and in maths 258/600, very poor, though poor old Pa did not see two of my sums which…

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April, 1926, Wednesday 21

Boys in school to-day got hold of my diary, and were teasing me for about two hours, but they were decent enough to give it back to me then without reading it. Went to Markie, and accompanied him a bit out the country, he on…

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May, 1926, Wednesday 5

A few days ago we got some fine postcards from Fr. Pat, who is in Naples now, showing the Bay of Naples, and one of Tiberius’ palaces in Capri. We get one or two postcards almost every day. – Stayed at home to-day to look…

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May, 1926, Monday 10

Forgot to say that criticism of Mr. and Mrs. Neeson’s concert was not too bad, for a wonder. – Had a heated argument to-day in school about St. Joan. It is extraordinary. The virtuous young priests who thought ‘No, No, Nanette’ great, and who neither…

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May, 1926, Tuesday 11

Was in a state yesterday because I thought I had lost my diary, but found to-day that ‘Fannie’ Cottrell had taken it to take a rise out of me, as the saying is. We got 3 cards from Fr. Pat, who is now visiting Villa…

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May, 1926, Friday 21

Dr. Scannell is very charming in the way he illustrates the interesting sidelights he shows us by singing or imitation. To-day he sang for us one of the old Jacobite ballads, in which every second line was Irish, and the other English, the sense continuing…

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