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 22

Col. Brase has been in Cork this week, and has done nothing but talk about himself. There’s a certain naiveté about him, and he can be very charming, despite his Prussian ruthlessness. To-day a tenor from London, Mr. Collison, who is singing at the Cork…

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June, 1927, Friday 24

Tandem, tandem libertas! [at last, at last freedom] The last six weeks are a blur of machine-like swotting unceasing, all working up to a great climax. The Sunday before my exams. turned over for Mám at broadcasting station. She played Debussy’s ‘Jardins sous la pluie’…

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March, 1926, Saturday 20

Had Irish from 9 to 12, and English from 12.30 to 3.30. The Irish paper was fairly hard, but I think I got through all right. I was in bad form for the English exam., and just as I got my paper, a fellow knocked…

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March, 1926, Monday 29

Did all my work this morning and practised piano. Pappie caught me trying to compose, and was swearing. He said I should learn something first, and stop this ‘dilettantisch’ business. He is really right, but I love fishing around, and seeing what I can make….

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