WEEK 83: (9th – 15th June 1919)

“After tea I went to a C. na mb. meeting & was overjoyed to find they had written to Át Cliat asking to be let off from the flag day because they thought it would inflame the Redmonites & cause violence & injure our chances at the next election, & anyhow only 6 were willing to sell. They seemed poor reasons to me, & unlikely, except the last, but I was just as glad. They had got no reply yet, so there was to be another meeting the next evening.”

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WEEK 82: (2nd – 8th June 1919)

“In the afternoon we went in to town in the motor and visited at Suirview and went to the theatre to see “David Garrick” by a company belonging to a man named Macready who gives the impression of thinking a lot of himself, and seems much admired. The play was no good; the only pleasant things in it were some parts of the drunken scene, though as a whole that was deplorable (“me murdered love!”) and the beautiful legs of one of the lowbred commercial guests, who otherwise was supremely hideous. Garrick might have made himself fairly goodlooking, but so much depends on dress & hair in those 18th century plays…”

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WEEK 79: (12th – 16th May 1919)

“Then I went to the club committee & found a row going on, J. Wylie had said in a speech on Labour day that the less some people said about what they had done for Ireland the better, & Brazil took this to himself & was raging, & wanted J. W. to withdraw it, & so did everyone else except Ald. Power, who never encourages people to be offended, J. Wylie & myself. J. W. had already said he didn’t mean Brazil, but that wdn’t satisfy them. They prating how a withdrawal was the only way to restore harmony, whereas it seemed to me a forced withdrawal was the best way to increase & perpetuate ill feeling.”

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WEEK 77: (28th April – 4th May 1919)

“Mrs S. took us all round the gardens & talked about them & the house, & gave us a noble tea plus Mr S., who is small & cocksure, fairly young, & says “That is so. That is so” authoritatively when a woman says something he agrees with. They both talked arrogantly about strikes & labour day – there was a Miss Connolly [perhaps Nora Connolly] speaking on labour day in Wexford – daughter of some labour leader that was killed in the rising – a very common girl, who said the workers wd never get their rights without a revolution, & similar rot & Mr S. wd never take a man back who had once struck, were he a farmer, & wd prevent other farmers doing so as much as he could. “

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WEEK 76: (21st – 27th April 1919)

“I went to the Metropole then & had a long interview with Tash, during most of which she was blasting men in her best manner. It was a propos of the alleged shocking state of the streets at night, & the suggested women’s patrols & the bishop talking of course as if the girls did all the scandal themselves. Tash spoke very plainly of the bishop, & her remedy for the state of the streets wd be for the older women to catch a solider & tar & feather him & drive him down the quay […] She said a man from Limerick boasted to Seán Lane how some young men there – Volunteers I think – caught 6 girls that had been walking with soldiers and cut their hair off for a punishment, and I don’t think I ever so anyone so possessed with rage about anything as she was about this. She seems to have crushed Seán Lane into powder when he told her of it in an approving way…”

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WEEK 75: (14th – 20th April 1919)

“I went to the Tech & finished the carbuncle pendant, which was much admired. Dorothea came over a.d. to look at furniture for the Saratoga. I wish they wd change the name of it, but they won’t. Tom & I were raking out the garret later, & found the story of Edward, which had been lost for years. Mrs Hayden came to see me […] & we discussed the Bible & the 10 Commandments. She affirmed that there was no difference between them & Christ’s teaching, & that “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God…& thy neighbours as thyself” was one of them, till I showed them to her. She objects greatly to nuns.”

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WEEK 74: (7th – 13th April 1919)

“I went to Dr Lynn’s & visited her & Madeline at breakfast, & they told me the true inwardness of the De V. reception fiasco. It seems it was all arranged by a few of the I.R.B. inner ring in the executive, & Ald. Kelly even knew nothing of it till he saw the arrangements with his own name underneath published as officially ordered. So now the movement is saddled with the obloquy of the failure. They seemed to think it wd be brought up at the Ard Fheis but they were very mistaken. I had just got a seat in the round room when MacDonagh came beside & talked to me, & he got on the same subject & said the headquarters are going to blazes with caballing & intrique.”

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