March, 1927, Monday 28

Went to St. Ita’s ((St Ita’s was the school founded by Mary and Annie MacSwiney, which opened in September 1916 after Mary had lost her job in St. Angela’s school, having been arrested in class. Mary had taught the Swertz girls in the 1890s there,…

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April, 1927, Sunday 3

Am working at harmony for 1½ hours daily instead of piano, which I practise only on Sundays and Wednesdays. The Beethoven Variations in A flat give me great joy. Though, of course, constituting a quite different atmosphere, their strength and beauty remind me always of…

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April, 1927, Tuesday 12

On Tuesday swotted at History, Latin and English till my head ached, and till I was like Browning’s Grammarian with ‘eyes like lead, accents uncertain.’ Then sat and shivered on Wed. for Latin 9-12. Comp. was easy, but trans. at sight stiff and history fierce,…

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April, 1927, Wednesday 13

Yesterday was the last [day] I could call myself 16. So ends a happy industrious year, happy in that I was always busy, and one of the happiest, I am sure, that I shall ever have. To-day I am 17; I hate to be getting…

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April, 1927, Monday 18

Spent each morning at harmony, modulation, musical history (Scholl’s), Horace and Roman History, ‘Slighe an Eolais’ [The Paths of Knowledge], ‘Aigne an Ghaedhil’ ((The title of the book is actually Eagna an Ghaedhil, The Wisdom of the Irish, by Cormac Ó Cadhlaigh. It is a…

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April, 1927, Tuesday 19

Went Easter Monday for a glorious picnic to Oysterhaven, near Kinsale, in Father [Pat]’s car. Have taken a charming cottage there for July. It is lonely, has wonderful scenery around and we will have a boat, so I am looking forward to a retired, happy…

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April, 1927, Sunday 24

Sunday 24 ((April 24 was Fleischmann senior’s 47th birthday – maybe that was the occasion for the outing to Dunmanway.)) Had a fine week, and, what’s more important, swotted a lot. Have given up Carlyle as a bad job, and taken to Chesterton, also seems…

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May, 1927, Sunday 1

Back again, ‘with eyes like lead, accents uncertain.’ Got first in History, English, Latin and Maths and second in Irish, but I am not satisfied. It was by too small a margin in each case and in my English comp. I went down hopelessly, getting…

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May, 1927, Friday 6

8th Friday ((The 8th of the 9 First Fridays on which Aloys went to Mass before school. )) Actually forgot all about it with Páp’s concert in Bantry. Must begin all over again! Nothing like perseverance.

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May, 1927, Sunday 8

Sad dissolution of the I.W.S.! At a meeting the two fellows told me that one being a prefect and both seniors their conscience was smiting them at giving bad example. Accordingly I am now President, and will not let the Society down! I have luxurious…

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