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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February, 1926, Friday 26

I am doing penance for my sins this Lent by being off sweets, jam, sugar in tea, sugar in porridge, by going to bed punctually at 9.30 if my exercises are finished, that is, I cannot play after 9.30, and by getting up the moment…

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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, Friday 19

Order of exams to-day – history 9.30-12, Latin 12.45-3.15. The history paper was very interesting, and not too hard. Amongst the questions were to describe the movement of the different tribes in Western Europe about 511 a.d.; give an account of the Thirty Years War;…

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April, 1926, Friday 16

Are doing at present the reaction of the French Revolution in the History class. It is very interesting. I have determined to work very hard at French, maths and Irish, with Harmony and violin, this term, and during the hols if possible, as I am…

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April, 1926, Friday 23

Measured myself in the study-hall in school, and found I was just below the line running along the wall. I wonder when I will be over it: I am still very small for my age, and by far the smallest in my class. Went over…

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May, 1926, Thursday 13

Holiday of Obligation to-day, and no school. After Mass and Holy Communion, went on some messages to town, got a clip and Fearanside’s ‘English History’ in Massy’s. – The strike finished yesterday evening! Evidently Mr. Baldwin, the Prime Minister, settled it. Owing to the strike…

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May, 1926, Thursday 20

Yesterday Mrs. Horgan got a daughter, so Ivor and Joe will have a step-sister, and a step-brother now. ((The first Mrs Mary Horgan had three children: Ivor, Joe and Madoline; the second Mary Horgan had two: David and Jean.)) As I sit nearest to the…

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May, 1926, Sunday 30

Went to 8 o’clock Mass and Communion, because I have got an Irish exam to-day from 11-12, and I had to do some work for it. Scannie is a show for putting on exams. on Sundays and half-holidays. As luck would have it, we got…

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June, 1926, Friday 4

Wanted to make 9 1st Fridays, but Mám won’t let me begin now, as I am in bad health, according to her. – Yesterday I got no 8 of ‘Lands and Peoples’. It is very interesting on China and Manchuria. Nos. 7 and 9 are…

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