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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off at the same time; but such are the fortunes of war,
and he was very anxious that we should not put off
our attempt, as he knew our plans, and approved Of
them. We were not sure till the very last minute
that we would be able to manage, and We Were
terribly excited and anxious. The three others
besides myself who decided to risk it were
Keogh, Mary Bourke, and Eithne Coyle. Three
others who were very young remained behind, none
of us would take the responsibility of bringing them
with us or letting them take such a risk.
I was in the hospital at the time and the other three
in the prison. They had considered during the pre-
vious week the advisability of creating an atmosphere
of noise or quiet during the hour fixed for our escape
-7 p.m. At first they tried quietness at that hour
every night, and found that when they were very
quiet-presumably studying-the wardresses came
very frequently to see them. Then they tried being
very noisy at that hour, and played football and
danced Irish reels in the corridors, and found that
while the noise continued the wardresses did not
come up so often.
I was presently transferred from the hospital t0
the prison, and we used to play these games and
make plenty of noise every evening at the same hour.
The three girls who were not coming with us used t0
join in the games, too. On the fateful evening we
were playing a game of football-Cork 'v. the Rest
of Ireland; we were very noisy, and I must C0nfC55
rather more excited than the game warranted as the
hour of seven o’clock drew near!
Ten minutes before the hour one of us s1iPP3d