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, Thursday 11

Had a lengthy argument with a boy in school about Germany and the war. The boys are all very fair-minded in Farran Ferris, but they often try to draw me out by telling me about the brutalities committed by the Germans. I always argue the…

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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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February, 1926, Saturday 13

At last the day has arrived! I hurried home as quickly as I could, and got everything ready. Margaret [the housekeeper] refused point-blank to polish my shoes, so I left rather ill-humoured, but this soon wore off when I arrived. I was the first to…

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February, 1926, Sunday 14

Awoke at half past nine, and could scarcely pull myself out of bed. My toes and feet were aching, and I am afraid I was very sleepy at Mass. It shows how attentive those must be who have been at an all-night dance on the…

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February, 1926, Monday 15

Was sorry to hear when I came to school that my friend John Cottrell was caught smoking. He is a very good fellow, and it is a great pity. During the day, he was sent home, but I didn’t mind very much as I am…

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February, 1926, Tuesday 16

Was delighted to hear in school that John Cottrell is being taken back on Sunday next. Great excitement at Doctor Scannell’s rigid new method of putting a check to the breaking of school regulations. A committee was formed by senior grade fellows to-day to put…

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February, 1926, Wednesday 17

Was very interested in history class. While speaking of the ‘Marseillaise’, Dr. Scannell told us that that stupid and common song ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ was widely spread throughout England during the war, and that the English soldiers in France were continually singing…

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February, 1926, Thursday 18

Learnt the family tree of the Buonapartes in the history class. It is extraordinary how personal experiences colour study of this description. For instance, Dr. Scannell told us of his conversation with a man who had found the body of the Prince Imperial after a…

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February, 1926, Friday 19

At play I broke the window of one of the nuns’ ((The Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph looked after the priests and schoolboys in Farrnferris, seeing to cleaning, cooking and nursing.)) rooms with a ball. The reverend mother was sitting behind the window and she…

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