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, Wednesday 3

Begin Mariott’s ‘History of French Revolution’, entitled ‘The Making of Modern Europe’. Do not find it quite as interesting as was expected, but this may be my unacquaintance with his rather condensed style. Go to Gerard Shanahan’s concert. ((Gerard Shanahan was a Cork pianist, a…

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February, 1926, Thursday 4

Have great fun at school. There is one fellow, nicknamed ‘Babylonian Dick’ with whom I am ceaselessly fighting. We are like two young bears, always quarrelling and arguing with the greatest good-humour. I go off into fits of laughter, even when at home, on thinking…

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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, 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, Monday 8

Found greatest excitement prevailing in school. Two boys, it appeared, being tired of the monotony of school life, escaped by one of the back doors at 8.30 on Sunday evening, and went down town where they went to the pictures and had a gay time….

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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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