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
Dublin : Talbot Press ; London : T. Fisher Unwin Ltd.,
Joseph McGarrity Books.
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56 IN TIMES OF PERIL.
away, and we others followed at intervals of a few
moments each. I was the last to leave, and as I
departed I got a good kick at the ball and gained a
goal for the Rest of Ireland. I shouted “ Up,
Sligo!” and those were my last words within the
walls of Mountjoy. As I left I carefully locked the
corridor doors with my duplicate keys; the three girls
left behind kept up the noise on purpose, and we
heard afterwards that it was almost two hours later
before our escape was discovered. Those of us who
were making our desperate bid for freedom met out-
side, and a few minutes later we thought all was lost!
The door of the officers’ quarters opened, and two
wardresses came out, and passed close to where we
stood flattened against the wall of the building, so
close that I thought they must hear our very breath-
ing and the thumping of our hearts! But they were
chatting amongst themselves, and passed us by. If
they had but guessed I wouldn't be telling this story
At the arranged spot a small scent bottle was
thrown-the pre-arranged signal-and the next
moment the rope ladder came dangling over the wall,
the wall that was 25 feet high! I took it and pulled
it; the wall at the top is flat and square, and the rope
caught and was torn! Again we thought we were
lost, but it was fixed for us, and flung over again,
and this time I pulled it carefully down, and then
began to climb. Oh! the swaying and the swinging
of that rope ladder! I often wonder now how I ever
reached the top. But when I did reach the top, and
sat on the wall for a minute and looked down at the
25 feet on the other downward side, and saw my