“Fine bright day. We took a long walk up the hill on the sunny side of the valley opposite where the snow was, and had a splendid view of country, including a lovely snowy mountain from the top of it. There were carts going up the hill whose drivers were very decent in resting the horses crossways on the slope.”
“First meeting of Daíl Éireann. The English papers’ ingenuity was sorely taxed to find derogatory things to say about it. I have lost a great deal of interest in it on account of there being no women in it, & can’t respect it very much either, for the same reason.”
“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.
“Before that some of us were sitting round the fire in 6 with the Countess, and Mrs Gallagher brought in a reporter & a big Canadian Khaki soldier – whom she & he wished to introduce to the Countess, but behold, she wouldn’t shake hands with him. I think it was great cheek to bring him there, but Miss Power of the Cove, & probably Mrs Gallagher thought she was very severe.”
“I went on to the club committee then; it was nearly all about the plebiscite. There have to be articles in the local press to prepare the public’s mind, & handbills distributed; & they say of course Redmond will send orders to all his followers not to sign it.”