January, 1927, Sunday 16

[Written by mistake under Sunday 23] The first of the proscription lists! Finished up the hols with a pleasant ‘grub-and-wireless’ party at Prof. Sullivan’s and a riotous night at the second part of ‘Les Misérables’ – The Barricades – with Ivor and Joe in which…

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March, 1927, Monday 21

Having worked all yesterday and the morning, went down to try piano at Rochelle School to-day. I was horribly nervous. Being shown into the room I started off and for Esposito studies the piano seemed alright. But for Field, Beethoven and Schumann it was almost…

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March, 1927, Tuesday 22

Dies fatalis! [the fateful day] Just because I was caring for my form I soon was the possessor of a hearty headache which tram-drives and a walk in the park did not dispel. Was not very nervous but expected the panic to come in reality…

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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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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, 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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May, 1927, Sunday 15

School, meals, cram. Cram, school, meals. Meals, cram, school. Mám broadcast last evening from Dublin the Moonlight Sonata, and a Waltz and Scherzo by Chopin. Listened in at Mr. Corkery’s. The Moonlight did not come out very distinctly; it was spoiled by annoying atmospherics, but…

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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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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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