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Letter from "Póilín" [Pauline Henley], 6 Springfield Road, Belfast, to "Conchubar" [Fred Cronin], regarding his imprisonment in Cork Male Prison, and the impact of the Civil War on Belfast and Cork,

1922 November 4.

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In Collection: Cronin Papers, 1905-1945
Description: She jokes that his gaolers "must have heaps of room to spare when they insist on your accepting their hospitality, or perhaps they have grown so fond of you that they could not bear the thought of you leaving them". She criticises the newspapers for stirring up trouble: "The newspapers are rotten reading. They are most mischievious and are doing more than any other agent to make a settlement difficult - at least the Dublin ones are". Regarding the current political situation in Belfast, she writes: "It is very peaceful up here at present. We don't know ourselves! We don't like to remark on the long spell of quietness, for fear that it might get upset". Regarding the situation in Cork, she mentions that she has been checking the casualty lists and concludes that her relatives have been "able to dodge the bombs that seem to be such a feature of the traffic in Patrick St. [Cork]. I saw in the paper lately that a bomb followed a man into a shop & tore the clothes off him. I don't think that was decent. In a Christian city, they should have been more careful and tied it up".
Main Creator: Henley, Pauline
Language: English
Extent: 1 item (2 pages).
Call Number: MS 49,526/20/1 (Manuscripts Reading Room)
Rights: Reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.