January, 1927, Sunday 30

There was terrible misery again because I had to stay at home two days from school owing to ´flu, which is now spread all over Europe in the form of a mild plague. My distress in passing the day without routine work shows what a…

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February, 1927, Sunday 20

Important events took place in school during the week. Dr. Scannell found his senior pass class intolerable, though indeed they are doing their best, and gave them a terrible time of it. To protest, they held revolutionary meetings in the class halls, invested Hunt and…

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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, Sunday 3

Am working at harmony for 1½ hours daily instead of piano, which I practise only on Sundays and Wednesdays. The Beethoven Variations in A flat give me great joy. Though, of course, constituting a quite different atmosphere, their strength and beauty remind me always of…

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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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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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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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October, 1927, Sunday 9

A week of idleness and misery! Suddenly got the idea, one night when I could not sleep, that I was getting St. Vitus Dance, ((St. Vitus Dance, Sydenham’s Chorea, can accompany rheumatic fever in children, and involve convulsive movements and behavioural abnormalities.)) and immediately my…

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