January, 1927, Saturday 1

Imit annus novus! [Enter the new year] This year will probably be the most important of my life. ‘The tide, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.’ Let’s hope that I’ll ‘take the current when it serves’ and not lose my ventures. [Julius…

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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, 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 13

We are taking Geography for our exam. and Dr. Scannell ((Dr. Joseph Augustine Scannell (18??-1961) was born in Cork, studied in Louvain and Rome, was ordained in Rome in 1904. He was chaplain to the Irish Guards 1914-18, and was decorated for his bravery. He…

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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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March, 1927, Sunday 13

Worked hard all the week. Am growing more nervous as the dies fatalis [fateful day] is approaching. We were beaten again in a hurling-match. We are now so used to defeat that we took it quite stoically. But on the whole sporting of this kind…

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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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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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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 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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