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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March, 1927, Sunday 6

Got over my ´flu providentially, and came to school only to find Dr. Scannell and 40 of the boys laid up with it. So work was deplorably slack during the week. Unfortunately the scare is over and everything is normal again. Got notice that music…

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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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March, 1927, Sunday 20

As the band was unable to attend, St Patrick’s day service was performed with organ alone. The choir was singing gloriously when suddenly the organ stopped dead. Such a calamity. And that it should occur on that day of all days! Still the choir kept…

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March, 1927, Monday 21

Having worked all yesterday and the morning, went down to try piano at Rochelle School to-day. I was horribly nervous. Being shown into the room I started off and for Esposito studies the piano seemed alright. But for Field, Beethoven and Schumann it was almost…

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March, 1927, Tuesday 22

Dies fatalis! [the fateful day] Just because I was caring for my form I soon was the possessor of a hearty headache which tram-drives and a walk in the park did not dispel. Was not very nervous but expected the panic to come in reality…

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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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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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