They gave me some instructions about the stalls, Women Delegates’ vegetable stall & the shirts etc. Mrs Ginnell was in the W.D. stall first next door to the shirts – & then Miss Barton, whom I like better. There was a big dolls’ house on the counter, made & furnished by Grace Plunkett, & this was a great attraction; every day I was there my principal work was opening the front of it for people to look in.”
In the afternoon we had a visit of more than 2 hours from Eamonn Ó Duibir, stouter than he was, & wearing a Volunteer uniform. He was very pleasant & talked a lot. He was forcibly fed 10 times in Mtjoy, & hunger struck again at Dundalk – I hope it hasn’t had a fattening effect on all of them.”
….her father wanted to attack me about Sinn Fein, but Bessie objected, saying it wasn’t fair, & most of the afternoon they spent discussing wedding arrangements, Mr Hill sitting by the window & saying, ‘Change the subject. Change the subject, I’d rather be talking about Sinn Fein.’ He is totally uninterested in the wedding.”
“Then Mrs Hayden read a short paper, very good, with sound stuff about the rise of the women workers in it, & a good national tone, & Dorothea gave an account of women in Burmah, illustrated with bits of The Soul of a People, which were rather loathsome in some ways. They seem very free in many ways – marriage & business – but they don’t care to be even temporary nuns, so the girls get no education, as secular schools are unknown. Without education of course they can’t be free, & they understand, the book said, that they are not capable of taking part in public affairs, so leave them alone. “
They were besieged by Redmondite mobs on Sunday night, & the Gallaghers house was attacked, & Walsh’s on the quay. I went on to a Gaelic League committee. There was great swapping of stories about the previous night; one man was said to have come to his door stark naked to repel the mob – at least that’s the recollection in my mind. “
She had a bad cold & was sitting by the dining room fire. She talked about Parnell, & said how interesting his wife’s book about him was, but how disgusting of her to publish it, & about the countess, saying people had asked her would it be safe to go into the town the evening she was here.”
He also talked about the trade unions, how he got Louise Bennett to organise one among his laundrygirls & how surprised she was at such a request from an employer, & how the Magdalen asylums injure other laundries, having no wages to pay & so being able to undercut”.
They went over the Constitution then & passed it as it stood on the book, & Emer sent a note back to me, asking me to ask on what franchise wd the Constituent Assembly be elected, as the English one parliamentary one wd exclude women & clergy. Griffith answered that plainly”.
I went to the S. F. committee in the evening, and they went over all the branch resolutions in the Convention agenda & instructed us to vote for or against each, or as we liked. There was only one that we were told to vote against; adherence to the policy as expounded by A. G. Séan Matthews was very determined against that, thinking it repudiated the use of arms altogether”.
“I went to the S. F. committee in the evening, & they discussed how to make people come to the classes, & the evil conduct of two suggested members who played cards for too high stakes, & when the caretaker objected, asked what the place was for”.