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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ON BOARD THE DESTROYER-ARMAGH JAIL. 23
think little of breaking their own laws and regula-
tions whenever it suits them to do so. I had also
been allowed to travel all that distance without a
female attendant, which is also contrary to all rules
However, I was placed in the hospital of'the
prison, and found the Governor and other officials
courteous and kind. Later two wardresses arrived
from Armagh Jail, and after four days we were on
the move again. I may say here that I afterwards
read in the daily papers about the daring escape of
Frank Carty from the very same ward as that in
which I was confined while in Derry. To this day
it is a mystery to me how he managed it. He is a
very fine type of athletic manhood, and how he ever
succeeded in squeezing through such a limited space,
even after cutting a bar, has always astonished me.
The windows, too, of that particular ward had those
square iron bars, much thicker than the round bars
which are usually found in cell windows.
The day I was removed from Derry Jail I was
called at 5 a.m., and after a very meagre wash in a
little cold water, and an equally meagre breakfast
of a cup of badly-made cocoa, I was brought to the
reception-room, where I saw my comrades again,
and we were able to exchange salutations. It was
very hateful to me to see them handcuffed in pairs,
but they themselves made light of it, saying with a
laugh that it was only the fortunes of war.
The soldiers then entered with a great array of
tin helmets, rifles and other military equipment, and
we were taken out to the waiting lorries. These
were not so uncomfortable as the last we were
in, as here there were benches, and we were actually