“I went to a Cumann na mban meeting in the evening after visiting Waterpark & its lodge, & found there was to be a flag day for starving Germans all over Ireland, including Waterford, on the 15th of June. Most of the members didn’t seem eager to take part in it, not from any objection to the cause, but it seemed to be thought dangerous.”
NLI Call Number: MS, 3582/35
NLI Catalogue Link can be found here
Date Range of Diary: 29th October 1918 – 11th September 1919
WEEK 81: 26th May – 1st June 1919
Monday 26 May. – William Waring came for a day & night to a business conference & brightened up the house a little while he was there. I went to the Tech in the afternoon.
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Tuesday 27 May. – W. W. went after an early dinner. I don’t know what I did, probably went to St Declan’s some time. I went to a Cumann na mban meeting in the evening after visiting Waterpark & its lodge, & found there was to be a flag day for starving Germans
all over Ireland, including Waterford, on the 15th of June. Most of the members didn’t seem eager to take part in it, not from any objection to the cause, but it seemed to be thought dangerous.
Wednesday 28th. – I went to the Tech & called on the carstand Powers by request. They were very excited & pleased about Tom taking Saratoga, said now they wouldn’t feel so lonely going to Woodstown on Sundays, & they had been wondering who would take it. Aunt H. came home in the evening, & I went to meet her. Of course she spent the rest of the evening adoring & pitying Billy, & I took to dislike him again, after getting almost fond of him while she was away. She brought a few photos that J. W. was throwing away; J. W. intends to set up
rooms in Át Cliat, but is selling a good deal of her furniture. She is going to Holyhead for the first half of July & Aunt H. is going with her.
Th Friday 30th. – All these were grand hot days. I went to the Tech & practically finished the ring with little amethyst & moonstone. They went to Woodstown in the motor, some of the furniture having gone out, & took Mrs Kinsella. I went to Tráig Mór to visit Grace & Sam Bell. They follow the Bell habit of tea at 7, so we had to sit on the esplanade for an hour before that. It was a brilliant fine warm evening but a little windy. It seems Sam’s taste in novels is Phillips Oppenheim, but he remembered Vermer’s Pride marvellously after many years, & he likes Mrs Humphreys Ward. Grace rather likes Myrtle Reed, & doesn’t recognise her as snobbish.
They had left Ruth with a mother’s help at home! We had a very large tea, to which the only thing wanting was cake, and sat at the window for a long time. I visited Andrew later, and saw the family and Anna from Rushmore, who is not particularly attractive, & nearly as fair as Robert. They told me how fond he is of her; he saw her crying one time & brought her a picture to look at, to comfort her, & then said “Kind boy!” I went home by the 9.30 – I forgot to say how civil Rough & Toby were to me. It was at Miss Timmons’s Grace & Sam were staying.
Saturday 31st. – I went to Jennings at 9.45 but Dr J. wouldn’t come till 10.30 at least & had to go back & let the sweep into our house & wait there a while. Finally Dr. J. came at 11 or after & Jennings took out the
root of my front tooth, which Dr Lynn had been very insistent about. I felt nothing, and wasn’t at all bad after it, it was very different from the day after getting out a couple of back teeth. I went over to St Declan’s in the evening.
Sunday 1st June. – D. and T came to afternoon tea at Suirview, and we had it out in the garden, and photos were taken of Dorothea and Louis. Tom & I had a great piece of work getting the table out of the greenhouse at home. It was fixed that Mrs Kinsella and I should stay out at Woodstown from
the next day, and the others go home again in the evening & come out on Tuesday with the last load of furniture.
Featured Image: Saratoga, Woodstown, (Image courtesy of National Library of Ireland, POOLEWP 0507)