WEEK 19: (4th – 10th February 1918)

“I went to a committee. at the League in the evening; it was partly going over the feis syllabus which a subcommittee has drawn up – their idea was to have the junior history period 1840-49 only, it seemed very extraordinary & they consented to give it up in favour of 1780 – 1882 or something like that. The middle ones have the Young Ireland movement & the seniors Grattan’s Parliament. Its a good idea for them to specialize on a movement, but not for kids.”

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WEEK 18: (28th Jan – 3rd February 1918)

“The officers’ class was all about a rifle. Paddy – , the bold officer, had one drawn, & all its pasts named, but he didn’t show the inside of it. I learned that an oak is the best tree to shelter from bullets behind, being hardest for them to get through, & how a cartridge is made – he had a cartridge which he took to pieces for us, & showed us the cap & the little holes the spark comes through to the powder…. Paddy – says that in an execution squad only one rifle is loaded, which seems to me a ridiculous arrangement.”

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