In times of peril : leaves from the diary of Nurse Linda Kearns from Easter week, 1916, to Mountjoy, 1921 / edited by Annie M.P. Smithson.
Smithson, Annie M.P. De Valera, Eamon, 1882-1975.
4 February 2016
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RED CROSS NURSE AND DESPATCH RIDER. 13
I think that I raced the car that evening quicker
than ever before in my life, so anxious was I to get
those letters posted before I could be held up again,
and this time I was successful.
A small town near to where I was staying in the
country was burned to the ground. The military
were there all day, but withdrew late that night.
During the night the Republicans met, and arranged
to have a large meeting on the following night, at
which a very much wanted man was coming to speak.
Late next evening the military suddenly returned,
and held up all roads leading to the town, allowing
neither entrance nor exit, Those men coming to
speak at the meeting later that night must be armed,
above all, the wanted man must not come within
the trap. A girl came to me with a message. We
were to go out by a certain road and warn a scout,
whom we would meet, that the military were in
possession. VVe got into the car, and ventured
towards the cordon of military, and I stated my sup-
posed case-a nurse, wanted to attend a poor woman
who was very ill; I must get through.
At first it seemed hopeless; I was told that I could
not get through under any circumstances. But I
still insisted, and after a long parley the oliicer
allowed us to pass, on condition that two soldiers
accompanied us there and back. I consented, and
we started, and I managed to whisper to the girl
beside me that when we met the scout I would stop
the car and ask for water, and that she-who was a
native Irish speaker-must manage to give our
message to him in Gaelic. We met the boy just
outside his own door, and I stopped and asked for
water for the car. He understood, of course, that