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, 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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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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July, 1926, Thursday 29

Mám had to go to the bank here this morning to cash a cheque, and she told me it was a most trying yet funny experience. The clerk, of course, didn’t know her and put her through a catechism of what she was, and why…

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