“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.”
“I went to the Celid Mór in the Town Hall that night, & the dancing didn’t begin till after 9. The gallery & the place under it were packed with spectators. Miss Doyle, Miss Skeffington, K. Hicks & some others were in the supper room superintending. I went into the big room, which was beautifully decorated, & after a long wait had the opportunity of watching 2 dances & observing which girls were not danced with, as Miss Doyle had asked me to do. I went & told Daly, who was one of the stewards, & he said he wd do his best. Miss Skeffington also did her best, but as she said afterwards “The fellas run away from you. Each of them seems to have his own little one.”
“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.
“There was some opposition in Michael St, but not much. The worst was when the meeting began; a lot of separation women were near by on the steps of the Imperial, & they made a great uproar till some Volunteers went up & chased them off the steps – not with any unbecoming violence as far as I could see.”
“I went to see the carstand Powers, & they took me to evening devotions at St John’s, & then I went to a Gaelic League Committee. We had a great fight as to whether a rule shd be made barring women out of the premises, except at meetings, during the summer, in order to keep out some bratty little girls who romp & flirt there at night.”
“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.”