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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January, 1927, Thursday 6

Spent day in usual manner, studying, reading and shopping for myself. At 7.30, when I was just beginning to dress for Arthur’s party, Sophie and Betty arrived in the taxi to call for me, so I had to fly through my toilet. There were over…

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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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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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February, 1927, Sunday 6

Went to ‘The Last Days of Pompeii’ during the week, a fine, spectacular picture with wonderful scenery and Roman buildings, but having a cast by no means as artistic or classical as that in ‘Helen of Troy’. We have just finished Horace’s Sermonum II 6…

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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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May, 1927, Sunday 1

Back again, ‘with eyes like lead, accents uncertain.’ Got first in History, English, Latin and Maths and second in Irish, but I am not satisfied. It was by too small a margin in each case and in my English comp. I went down hopelessly, getting…

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