Hello all ,
Came across the following W.S. no 887 by Aine Ryan, it shows a different side to the conflict that is not often discussed,'remaining on friendly terms'
" The Intelligence Branch of the I.R.A.had got two women, an aunt and a niece, into employment in the Castle in the year 1920. Sarah McDonagh was the aunt's name. She was the parlourmaid and the niece a learner in the household of Colonel Whiskard (?). I used to visit the aunt - the first time was with Molly Gleeson on the evening of a match between Kildare and another team. Molly told the sentry that I was up for the match and that I wanted to see my friends who were also from kildare.
Sarah's job was to report anything of interest that she heard or overheard while she was working with Colonel Whiskard. I cannot say what means she used to send information out, or whether her information was of any importance.
It might have been through a couple of friendly Black & Tans. Molly Gleeson was on good terms with two Black & Tans - Jimmy Arnott & ---- Rodgers. When the evacuation of the troops took place each of these revisted Dublin.
Arnott, who had been in touch, through Mollie, with Charles Dalton, thought that she would influence Charlie to get him a job in the new Free State, possibly as a driver, not realising the estrangement that had taken place between the sections of the Volunteers. Mollie, who now owned the Stad Restaurant in Frederick Street, had taken the Republican side and refused to have anything to do with the matter as she was too much involved with her own side, especially the Tipperary Volunteers
Arnott was down and out and another girl, Kate Tracey, and myself put him up for a night and gave him his fare back to England the following morning. My sister, Mrs Sean O'Conaill, with whom I was living at the time, happened to be away with her husband and to this day knows nothing of the incident. I could not have done it, if they had been home. He kept up correspondence with Kate Tracey and told her that his father had settled him in a poultry farm. He was an educated fellow and was very nice. He got up early the following morning and went off to the boat before we were up. He sent Kate several snapshots of himself and his hens and returned the two pounds we had given him
Rodgers was quite a different type, a real harum - scarum. He joined up the Palestine Police and he came to see Mollie on his first leave. We went into the restaurant kitchen one day and found him chatting with her "