"Which of you had the twins?"

From 'The Gates Flew Open' by Peadar O'Donnell (Jonathan Cape, 1932).

Paudeen O'Keeffe was a restless little man with a fine pair of eyes and a waspish tongue. He came to us first in civils and was rather accepted as part of the queer trappings in the early jail days. I don't remember him figuring in anything in 'D' wing and indeed I didn't give him any special attention in the early days in 'C'. I first noticed him the night we decided to parade all our men for count. We had got fed up keeping two men hidden for it meant considerable inconvenience. Paudeen that night came in smartly as usual- he was now wearing the uniform of a captain in the Free State Army; he counted quickly, jotted down the number and hung on his stride; two men too many was nothing serious and he probably felt he had just counted an extra file. But he went back and counted again, this time more slowly; a third time he counted, saying the numbers out loud and then he wheeled around and faced Cooney. They were rather a contrast, for Paudeen O'Keeffe is about five feet seven inches and Andy Cooney must be six foot one. 'Jasus, Cooney', Paudeen explained, 'Which of you had the twins?'

The Usk men 1919

Letter from Arthur Griffith to his wife 11.2.1919 Extract:- "The Usk men are improved in health since they came here- and you may tell Mrs Power that Mr O'Keeffe, who was looking very delicate indeed when he hither from Usk, is now looking much stronger and is in the best of spirits. The Population of Gloucester Jail has been largely increased by arrivals in uniform from Portland and other places in the past few days and since the Lincoln episode we have had much food for amusement. Be quite assured about my health and that of my colleagues. We intend to keep it up to the full and come out as vigorous as when we came in."