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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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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July, 1927, Sunday 3

Feel very weary after the year’s cramming. It leaves one hopelessly adrift. I had thought to end my troubles with the exams, but the latter being finished, new and vaguer ones have arisen. Slummed all the week, going to Horgans´ and a tennis party at…

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July, 1927, Sunday 24

Went again to Dunmanway on Sat. evening with Father Pat – to drive and keep house for him. The weather has not been good and has been too stormy to do much fishing. We have explored some of the coast to the east, particularly Reanie’s…

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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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August, 1926, Saturday 28

Slept out again for Mass. I must amend my sleepiness. Went for messages and worked in the morning. Began piano again after a lapse of nearly 3 weeks. I wasn’t so rusty as I imagined at first. The Beethoven Variations are giving me real delight….

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