"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 lady is a daisy

February 1919. Jail letters continued from previous blog post.

Patrick O'Keeffe corresponds with Mrs Wyse Power and his wife about recent events in Dublin.

From Mrs O'Keeffe, 4.2.1919. Extract:- "I posted you 'Sunday Chronicle'. You will see an interview with the Lady in Black (Maud Gonne). God help her if she is reduced to such straights to keep herself before the public, and of course the stage scene was not arranged before hand, oh no! They all just dropped in unawares ( i.e. W.B. Yeats, James Stephens etc.). The only person missing in the tableaux is the daughter Iseult, who by the way was a prominent figure amongst the audience at the "Dail" in the Mansion House..........By the way, what a day Madame arranged her Seance for the benefit of the Gutter Press when the poor Mayor's Mother was lying dead in Westport. Oh, she is a greater rip than I thought."

From Mrs Wyse Power, Dublin, 3.2.1919. Extract:- "I hope you saw yesterday's Sunday Chronicle with an article in it on Dubliners, starting out with the large lady- oh, she is an advertiser, but one good thing has come out of her stay in England (Holloway Jail) is that Connie and her companion have cut themselves adrift from her."

From Patrick O'Keeffe to Mrs Wyse Power, 8.2.1919. Extract:- "I tell you the lady in black is a daisy. But my opinion is the smiling Dr. is not far behind her. I know you won't agree with this but time will tell."

From Mrs O'Keeffe, 14.2.1919. Extract:-" I believe Mrs Clarke's "hauling home" is tomorrow, but it is not known if she will be able to travel so soon or no. She is to have a public breakfast in the Gresham-invitations- it will be great fun trying to keep out the "tall dark Lady"- I am urging on the bean (Mrs Wyse Power), who is more or less in charge, saying "I am sure some notable like the "smiler" will fetch her along.The bean is ready to resist so there will be some news next time. Mrs Clarke herself sees through the Tall One since they shared the same apartments in London!"

Who was the smiling Dr. / the smiler,  I wonder? 

The jail letters to be continued next blog post.