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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MY SENTENCE AND EXILE. 37
shedding ignominious tears before them all! I had
some very good friends in Armagh. One of the
District Nurses there used to visit me regularly, and
bring me books, etc. But her local Committee re-
ported her to headquarters, and one of her superior
officers came, and held a courtmartial on the unfor-
tunate girl, and she was told that she must either
cease from visiting me or resign her position at once.
She is now transferred to a Southern district, but I
am sure she must miss the “civil and religious
liberty ” of the North! I was taken to Belfast, and
again locked for a couple of hours in the Bridewell
there, and later brought somewhere in a closed motor
van, a “ Black Maria.”
At last we arrived at the quay, and I was put on
board a steamer, and compelled to travel steerage.
I asked for permission to remain on deck, and was
told I could do so as soon as we were out of sight of
land. When we were a good way out to sea I ven-
tured up, and as it was a warm night I stayed on
deck as long as I could.
It was then only that the officer in charge told me
that I was going to Walton Convict Prison at Liver-
pool. Never shall I forget that night, as I stood on
the deck of the vessel which was every moment
taking me further from my dear country, and nearer
to desolation and lonely misery, go where I was to
be herded amongst the lowest and vilest of English
criminals. I think the misery of a lifetime was con-
tained in those few hours.
We reached Walton some time the next morning,
and then began my worst period of suffering.
On arrival at the prison I was put into the horrid