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, Sunday 2

Drove to the little village of Togler with Fr. Pat for Mass and Benediction. After had breakfast in a little room over the sacristy. Fr. Pat got a few sick calls on the way home, and we passed through the bleakest and stoniest mountain roads….

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January, 1927, Monday 3

Early in the morning, much to my delight, Fr. Pat decided to take me to Glengarriffe, so having called for the Stockleys and Mám, off we bowled. Poor Fr. Pat, owing to his late hard exertions, was a bit extreme and fidgety, but nevertheless we…

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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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April, 1927, Tuesday 19

Went Easter Monday for a glorious picnic to Oysterhaven, near Kinsale, in Father [Pat]’s car. Have taken a charming cottage there for July. It is lonely, has wonderful scenery around and we will have a boat, so I am looking forward to a retired, happy…

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April, 1927, Sunday 24

Sunday 24 ((April 24 was Fleischmann senior’s 47th birthday – maybe that was the occasion for the outing to Dunmanway.)) Had a fine week, and, what’s more important, swotted a lot. Have given up Carlyle as a bad job, and taken to Chesterton, also seems…

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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 10

Am having a glorious time, but sadly neglecting studies, English reading especially. We have a boat to ourselves and go fishing every evening passing by the lovely and majestic Sovereign Islands, and the forbidding heights of the Doon. In our walks, too, around the cliffs,…

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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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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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