“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. “
WEEK 65: (30th Dec – 4th January 1919)
“No news. D. seemed to have gone back again. There was a committee at the Club, & frightful revelations of the rioting & revelling & throwing bottles from the roof that went on during the election times. The caretaker is not a bit of good. Connolly as usual wanted to get all the women turned out of the Club. Miss Skeffington, Mrs Phelan, Mrs Gallagher & I were appointed [to] a committee to make rules about the girls. Miss S. spoke very well to about the behaviour of the men being worse than that of the girls; she feels very strongly about that.