WEEK 104: (3rd – 9th November 1919)

“I know Hanna used to talk interestingly while I was eating my breakfast these mornings but I can’t remember it unless it was about the American beauty parlours & the money they spend on it etc. It rained this day & i went to the Pelman place in Dawson St in the afternoon & got their 1st book & visited Lasairfhiona in her new office in Molesworth St, & then went to see the Stephenses again. “

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WEEK 94: (25th – 31st August 1919)

“Very wet morning. B. showed me nice photos of her brother Mike & his family. How superior he looks to the 2 English brothers in law. She was telling me about the farce she wrote about Cats when she was at the Ursuline, it sounded very good in parts. It cleared in the afternoon & she took one over the castle which was rather interesting, but the only thing of any importance known about it seems to be that it belonged to the Ormonds & Black Thomas Butler lived there. Then we visited a china shop kept by a Mrs Hinkson whom B. knows in Cumann na mBan, & I bought 2 nice plates for 6′”

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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 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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