January, 1927, Friday 7

4th Friday ((Aloys had decided to go to mass every first Friday of the month for nine months, following a set of Catholic devotions in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus advocated by the French mystic St Margaret Mary Alacoque, who was canonised in…

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February, 1927, Sunday 27

Had to leave school on Thursday owing to neuralgia and headache. The pain was unbearable, went to dentist who said that two grinders were at war in my jaw. So he pulled one. Had a lot of pain, but went nevertheless to Mr. and Mrs….

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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, 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, 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 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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July, 1927, Sunday 17

Had a glorious week. Every evening we all went fishing, for Páp, who formerly inveighed against its cruelty, has turned out a passionate lover of the sport. Each time we went out we saw seals on our way homewards which lifted first their snouts and…

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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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September, 1927, Tuesday 6

Found Mám at home with great news. Her stay in London was more than successful; she played so well at the audition that she was pleased herself, a very rare occurrence, was not asked to play through programme, but was dismissed with evident manifestations of…

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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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