August, 1927, Sunday 7

Went to Kinsale Regatta and saw some yacht racing. Explored the Dún Chionn tSáile, a wonderful fort, probably 300 or 400 years old. It is an immense quadrangle with walls of extraordinary thickness and massive outworks. The interior is disfigured by a town of modern…

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August, 1927, Sunday 14

Julia ((Julia Lynch, a former housekeeper, who often wrote to Aloys from London, sending him stamps for his collection.)) was home from London on hols. so I took her to the pictures. The late Rudolph Valentino, of world-wide renown, was ‘starring’ in the first show….

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August, 1927, Sunday 21

Saw with a start in the paper that I got four firsts [in Ireland] in my exams: Latin, History, German, Music. There was a great puff about it in the paper, which I read in the train on our way to Bandon to meet Father…

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August, 1927, Sunday 28

Stayed again at Horgans´ for a few days. Spent time in playing the pianola, reading on the piano and enjoying the ‘Forerunner’. The pianola may be a wonderful invention, but no matter how much it may be improved it will always be mechanical and lifeless….

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