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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clad lot appeared afraid to give them an order.
This pandemonium went on for about half an hour,
and then I was put back into my car and driven
away in the company of three men, either police or
Black and Tans, I do not know which, as the con-
fusion and noise were very stupifying. The others
were flung into the lorry, and we all met later in
the barracks, No. 2, in Sligo.
I shall never forget the scene in the day-room of
that barrack! The prisoners were just thrown in
by force. Commandant was terribly badly
beaten, and bled profusely from the head; indeed,
all were more or less hurt. I saw Dr, at one
side of the room, and a Black and Tan holding a
revolver over his head, and insisting that the doctor
should endorse a cheque which he had in his
possession, so that the Black and Tan could
cash it. I also saw Professor being beaten,
and all his things taken from his pockets. (He
and Dr. had been arrested just before
ourselves, and on the same road.) My own leather
overcoat, gloves, wristlet watch, and signet ring
were taken forcibly from me, and never returned.
In the centre of the room was a table, on which
was a strange mixture of rifles and ammuni-
tion, whiskey and porter! The men came in and
out continually, and would knock off the head of a
bottle of stout, and drink it without a glass, and they
drank the whiskey neat from the bottle. As a result,
they were all more or less intoxicated, some of them
so bad that they were more like fiends than human
beings. After a while the Head Constable’s
daughter came and searched me, and I was then
taken to a “lock up ”--a tiny room, with a hard