February, 1926, Friday 5

Did some bargaining for stamps in school, and got some good ones. By my exertions, I have started about eight fellows in collecting stamps, and I often do a roaring trade with them. In addition, Bill, the Bishop’s chauffeur, Julia, one of the housemaids, and…

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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, Friday 12

Rushed from school to town in order to find a clown’s hat for Saturday’s carnival, and having tried at least a dozen shops, at last got what I wanted. After dinner I spent an hour trying on and completing my outfit, and I scarcely finished…

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March, 1926, Friday 5

Remained to-day for dinner at school in order to practise hurley for the under seventeen, coming off with Fermoy on the 13th. There was little to do, however, as the seniors monopolised the pitch, and I came home fairly disgusted with my left hand bleeding…

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March, 1926, Tuesday 9

Stayed again for a hurley-practice after dinner. The boys are very hospitable, and I got a room to tog out, jersey, knickers, and a fine hurley without the least trouble. Hurley is splendid exercise, and the few days of practice I have had has taken…

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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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October, 1926, Tuesday 5

I cracked a hurley a few days ago belonging to Bernard O’Connell, but when I asked him if I would replace it, to-day, he was decent enough not to let me do so. Forgot to learn my poetry for Dr. Dalton to-day, too. – Our…

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November, 1926, Saturday 13

Got the first of a fine new series of German stamps, each portraying the head of some great statesman, poet or artist. Got 30 pfennig [pence] Lessing. I must get the rest, both unused and used. Saw some time ago in the paper that the…

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