WEEK 29: (15th – 21st April 2018)

width=“Bro P. told us funny stories of his objections to women coming there with low necks & “no sleeves” as he said, but I don’t believe it. They may meet the boys & young teachers, & its “not fair” to these. They shouldn’t go about anywhere with really low necks & no sleeves, but what lumps of sex-feeling pure & simple men & boys would have to be endangered by that.”

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WEEK 28: (8th – 14th April 1918)

“I think it was this day the conscription bill was known to have passed the first reading. I went to town in the afternoon, to Jennings & then to Miss O’Shea, where I had to wait ages in the shop talking to her husband about conscription. Then I went to the hotel & found Kitty was up again but still set against going to Mt Melleray, so Mrs Power decided she wd go with me on Saturday.”

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WEEK 25: (18th – 23rd March 1918)

width=“Dorothea had a visit from a girl named Minnie Doyle who was looking for Edward Jacob – she had a baby in New Ross workhouse when she was 16, through absolutely no fault of her own, & being left all alone at the time for hours after, the baby died & she was tried for murdering it, but acquitted, whereupon she was put into the Good Sheppard convent here, & very badly treated there according to her account. Edward Jacob had visited her in prison, & told her to apply to him when she came out, but when she asked the nuns for the wherewithal to write to him, they wdn’t give it.”

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WEEK 24: (11th – 17th March 1918)

width=“The Redmonites had a procession in the evening & I, not being sure at first that they were Redmonites, hung a flag out of the drawing room window, which infuriated them so that a lot of them came and hurled themselves against the door, & yelled & shouted, and put up a torch to burn the flag, I pulled it in just in time & they threw a torch in after it, but it went out as soon as it fell.”

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WEEK 23: (4th – 10th March 1918)

width=“I went to town in the morning & in the afternoon to the Powers, who produced a tall good-looking young man named Murray, on the way to be a priest, & sent him & me to the asylums. We went to the Walsh place at the foot of Convent hill, and got the names of 12 old women there – the matron brought them in to us one by one and I think it was quite a piece of entertainment for them.”

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