January, 1927, Tuesday 4

Having finished school-work, decided on doing Hadow’s ‘Music’ for History Exam. and began it. Read a wonderful article on the Great Pyramid of Gizeh, the perfection of its symmetry in regard to mathematics and astronomy, and the manner in which the positions and length of…

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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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February, 1927, Sunday 6

Went to ‘The Last Days of Pompeii’ during the week, a fine, spectacular picture with wonderful scenery and Roman buildings, but having a cast by no means as artistic or classical as that in ‘Helen of Troy’. We have just finished Horace’s Sermonum II 6…

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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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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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September, 1927, Sunday 11

Went to Murphys´ again. There’s nothing like good healthy exercise with pleasant companions and amid an atmosphere tinged with culture. But Natalie and the tennis season are both departing, so I must look elsewhere for after-dinner recreation. My latest plan is to take a book,…

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September, 1927, Sunday 18

Went up nervously to the University for Matric Maths. and took my seat amidst fellows who, if they be taken to represent the college type, don’t augur well for that. There are a few conceited snobs and a lot of ‘hardy boys’. The papers were…

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September, 1927, Monday 26

Went to see ‘Metropolis’. Thought it wonderful. Had a fierce argument, with Mám on my side against Fr. Pat and Páp, who said it was unconnected and meaningless. We maintained that without the light and misplaced love-story which they declaimed against, the horror of endless…

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