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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March, 1926, Saturday 20

Had Irish from 9 to 12, and English from 12.30 to 3.30. The Irish paper was fairly hard, but I think I got through all right. I was in bad form for the English exam., and just as I got my paper, a fellow knocked…

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March, 1926, Sunday 21

5th Sunday of Holy Communion. As we get no ex. during the exams, I finished early. Wrote a letter to Julia, thanking her for sending away to Belgium for stamps. She has actually come to an agreement with a priest in Liège College that for…

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March, 1926, Monday 22

Found all the priests in bad form after their three days holidays during the exam. Not one of them had our papers corrected, and we were disgusted. Saw the matriculation English paper set by Professor Stockley. He gives very difficult and tricky questions. I hope…

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March, 1926, Tuesday 23

I got the results of English to-day. I got first by 229 out of 300. The next fellow, MacSwiney, got 156. We had an exam in arithmetic from 1-3, and even though my finger was bandaged and bleeding from a smack of a hurley I…

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March, 1926, Wednesday 24

To-day we had Maths I from 9-11, and Maths II from 11.45-1.45. The papers were not so difficult, and I did 4 out of 8 right for Maths I, and 4½ out of 8 right for Maths II. That was not too bad considering I…

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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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March, 1926, Saturday 27

Made out a plan of morning work for the holidays. I will do 2 hours school work, and 1½ hours piano every morning if I can. After breakfast (I get up at 8.30) I tidied up all my books and things in the dining-room, then…

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March, 1926, Sunday 28

Sixth Sunday of Holy Communion. Brought home some palm. I think I stood without moving during the long Epistle, but it was agony. – Practised piano, and tidied up pantry, and my books in Father Pat’s studio. I have quite a nice library now. Have…

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