"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 busy Bean

Mrs Wyse Power, in a letter to her brother-in-law Patrick O'Keeffe who was in Usk prison in late 2018, stated in veiled language, that she had been re-elected as Sinn Fein treasurer to 6 Harcourt St., in the face of great opposition.

Extract:- "By the papers you will understand how busy I was for some days. Now about your business you will remember how last year a ticket was sent out to all the customers, from the same source another went this year to prevent the Bean minding the £.s.d. However with all their efforts in she walked again. I hear she offended many of the boys last year by not being soft enough. The old pull is there all the time against her. But on the whole the business is in a good sound state- of course Salaries had to be increased, but the Bean thought an increase of from £2 to £5 a little too much- so you will understand her lot is not a happy one, and how she got back is a miracle."

According to the Home Office Report, the "Bean" is the pseudonym under which Mrs Wyse Power is known in this correspondence.