January, 1926, Sunday 31

Memorable day of big concert in Opera House. Programme consists of ‘Hail, Bright Abode’, ‘Fly, Singing Bird, Fly’ and ‘The Walpurgis Night’. Peter Dawson ((Peter Dawson (1882-1961) was a celebrated Australian baritone who lived in London.)) also sings two groups of songs. After Mass, Pappy…

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February, 1926, Monday 1

Great disgust on seeing criticism of concert. Absolutely rotten. While every trash gets the highest praise in the ‘Examiner’, this beautiful concert, and all really artistic performances, are shamefully ignored. Many resolutions of going to Germany as soon as possible, where good efforts of any…

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February, 1926, Tuesday 2

No letter of protest in paper, but most of our artistic circle very enthusiastic. Receive copy of ‘Walpurgis Nacht’ autographed by Peter Dawson, in which he says that the concert was a really splendid one, and signs himself ‘Harmoniously yours’, a pun. Pappy enjoys day…

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February, 1926, Sunday 7

Finish my exercises early, and hurry down to Stockleys’. ((William P. Stockley (1859-1943), professor of English at University College Cork from 1905-1931. He was born in Dublin, studied at Trinity College with Douglas Hyde, taught at the universities of Ottawa and New Brunswick before returning…

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February, 1926, Wednesday 17

Was very interested in history class. While speaking of the ‘Marseillaise’, Dr. Scannell told us that that stupid and common song ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ was widely spread throughout England during the war, and that the English soldiers in France were continually singing…

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March, 1926, Wednesday 10

Did not go to school, but went to Imperial Hotel to arrange everything for concert. I was there from 9.30 till 2 o’clock. Only one man came with cartloads of chairs, and I had to haul them up with a rope from the yard below…

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March, 1926, Wednesday 17

St. Patrick’s day. Turned out rather unsettled, with showers, rather discouraging for many, as crowds were going to Dublin, Fräulein Engelmann and Irmah also. Heard Mass at 9.30, and then went to High Mass at Cathedral. Pembauer’s Mass was sung. It is a beautiful work,…

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March, 1926, Wednesday 31

Found a letter waiting for me this morning from Mrs. MacDonnell, inviting me out. It is really very generous and kind of her I think I spent some of the happiest days of my life in Castlelack. ((The MacDonnells’ house in Bandon. They had been…

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April, 1926, Thursday 1

Rose at 7 and went in Miss O’Brien’s taxi, who stayed with us last night, but on account of dizziness could not go to the service to the Cathedral. The ceremonies went off very well, though lasting 2½ hours. The choir sung the Kyrie and…

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April, 1926, Friday 2

A beautiful morning for Good Friday, rather unsuitable however for such a sorrowful feast; but the latter seemed to throw a note of sadness of the glory of the sun. We saw the whole of the ceremonies, which were very beautiful. The Turba was wonderful,…

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