August, 1926, Monday 30

Read in paper that there was a great monarchist demonstration in Bavaria, and a reunion of all officers and veterans in the old regime. So lives monarchy in Bavaria! It must have been an inspiring sight to see the glorious uniforms and grandees of pre-war…

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September, 1926, Sunday 26

To-day Fr. Pat is preaching on St. Finbarr over the great Saint’s grave at Gougane Barra, in Irish. – Sophia came to us before dinner. She just returned from hols at Northington. She has a fine time; every summer she goes at least as far…

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October, 1926, Friday 29

At Col. Brase’s advice, Mám is reading Coué’s ‘Selbstbemeisterung’ [‘Self Mastery through Conscious Autosuggestion’] ((Émile Coué (1857-1926) was a French pharmacist and psychologist who discovered the impact of suggestion and developed a method of psychotherapy and self-healing. He believed that many problems and indeed illnesses…

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October, 1926, Saturday 30

Great day of match with North Monastery. Got a half-day, did some work, and walked to match. My place, left wing forward, was ably filled by Paddie Sullivan. I was delighted I was not put on the team as I would only have made a…

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November, 1926, Sunday 7

Worked till dinner. Mám had an at-home this evening. Mrs. Stockley and Sophia, Fr. MacCarthy, Dr. and Mrs. Donovan, Dr. Frend, Miss O’Brien came. I must say it was rather boring. There was no interesting conversation, and there was the mighty Sophia and I had…

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December, 1926, Tuesday 7

All night, Mám was very, very bilious, but the greatest part of the pain went by morning. Páp went to Bantry for his lesson-giving by the 9 [bus]. I went to school, but rushed back at 12 to see how Mám was. She was much…

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December, 1926, Sunday 19

Sophia stayed with us last night. Not having been to bed till 2, we all slept out till 12 Mass at Cathedral. There was a wonderful practice for the Christmas celebrations – Schubert’s Mass which Páp is doing with 8 in band and over 80…

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December, 1926, Thursday 23

Spent the whole morning in packing presents. Gave Sophie a fine blouse, Arthur a torch, Ivor and Joe a designoscope, Julia another torch etc. etc. Brought Stockleys’ presents to Woodside. Sophia gave me mine, presumably a small book and which, from past experience I know…

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December, 1926, Wednesday 29

Bought the ‘Vicar of Wakefield’ which is interesting reading, as a light on Scott’s, Macauley’s and Stockley’s essays on Goldsmith. Went to Ivor and Joe where we played cricket and football. Then trammed to Stockleys’, where Mr. Brady and Mrs. Sullivan repeated their concert. I…

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December, 1926, Thursday 30

Wrote long letters to Fr. Engelmann, and to Grossmutter [grandmother in Dachau] and went shopping with Mám. After dinner we carried the table out of the dining-room and prepared the room for about 20 people who came shortly afterwards for Mám’s repetition of her concert….

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