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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30 IN TIMES OF PERIL.
again began the weary journeyings by lorries and
Two lorries full of military and police came to
escort me from Armagh Jail to the station. From
there we proceeded by train, and to me it was very
amusing to watch the precautions taken at each
station for my safety. Immediately the train
stopped, a soldier stood at each window with a rifle
at the ready, and another precaution was that I was
not allowed to take a corner seat-I must sit in the
centre of the carriage.
VVe reached Belfast, and I was again brought to
the Bridewell, and lodged there for the night. The
wardress was leaving me, when I insisted that I
should not be left without a female attendant. After
a long time a woman was produced, who was sup-
posed to look after the female prisoners, but I only
saw her for a few minutes, and not again during the
night. I got a meal sent in to me, and ordered my
breakfast for the following morning. I spent a
sleepless and horrible night. There were two police-
men on duty all night outside my door, and their
continual tramp, tramp got on my nerves, and then
there was the terrible noise made by the various
“ drunks,” as they were hauled in at intervals during
In the morning-and how welcome the daylight
was 2-1 asked for some water to wash; after such a
night’s lodging one feels unclean all over. I was
brought downstairs by a policeman, and had to wash
under a tap. Fortunately I had brought my towel,
soap, and a comb with me. Before my breakfast
arrived I was hauled away, and brought to Victoria
Barracks, and there was kept all day listening to