January, 1927, Sunday 23

[Written by mistake under Sunday 16] Had flu on Monday, and had to experience the squalid distress of remaining at home and trying to work hard and play hard but doing neither. Have plunged headlong into my exam. work for music. Last year’s papers are…

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January, 1926, Sunday 31

Memorable day of big concert in Opera House. Programme consists of ‘Hail, Bright Abode’, ‘Fly, Singing Bird, Fly’ and ‘The Walpurgis Night’. Peter Dawson ((Peter Dawson (1882-1961) was a celebrated Australian baritone who lived in London.)) also sings two groups of songs. After Mass, Pappy…

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February, 1926, Monday 1

Great disgust on seeing criticism of concert. Absolutely rotten. While every trash gets the highest praise in the ‘Examiner’, this beautiful concert, and all really artistic performances, are shamefully ignored. Many resolutions of going to Germany as soon as possible, where good efforts of any…

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February, 1926, Tuesday 2

No letter of protest in paper, but most of our artistic circle very enthusiastic. Receive copy of ‘Walpurgis Nacht’ autographed by Peter Dawson, in which he says that the concert was a really splendid one, and signs himself ‘Harmoniously yours’, a pun. Pappy enjoys day…

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February, 1926, Friday 5

Did some bargaining for stamps in school, and got some good ones. By my exertions, I have started about eight fellows in collecting stamps, and I often do a roaring trade with them. In addition, Bill, the Bishop’s chauffeur, Julia, one of the housemaids, and…

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February, 1926, Saturday 6

Pappy receives a very despondent letter from Colonel Brase. ((Colonel Fritz Brase (1875-1940), German bandmaster and composer in the service of the Kaiser, after the first world war music director of the Berlin police, in 1923 accepted the post of director of the newly founded…

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February, 1926, Sunday 7

Finish my exercises early, and hurry down to Stockleys’. ((William P. Stockley (1859-1943), professor of English at University College Cork from 1905-1931. He was born in Dublin, studied at Trinity College with Douglas Hyde, taught at the universities of Ottawa and New Brunswick before returning…

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February, 1926, Tuesday 9

On hearing from me that I was going to [be] vaccinated, the boys in school told me terrible stories about the torture and agony I should have to undergo from the doctor’s knife. Accordingly it was with great misgivings that I got off early at…

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February, 1926, Wednesday 10

Had lessons in Irish traditional singing from Father O’Flynn ((Father James Christopher O’Flynn (1881-1962), curate in Cork´s North Cathedral, founded the Cork Shakespearian Company in 1926, which from 1927 performed regularly at the Opera House and produced a series of renowned actors. Fr. O’Flynn developed…

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February, 1926, Thursday 11

Had a lengthy argument with a boy in school about Germany and the war. The boys are all very fair-minded in Farran Ferris, but they often try to draw me out by telling me about the brutalities committed by the Germans. I always argue the…

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