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A Rising Diary

The text that follows is based on a booklet containing extracts from the 1916 diary of Eileen Chance, produced to coincide with a gathering of her descendants held on April 21st, 2016. The gathering was held at 90 Merrion Square, where the original diary was written. “90”, as it was known in the family, is now in the ownership of the National Gallery of Ireland and is used mainly as offices. Recently the first floor rooms have been refurbished in their original style as a reading room for the recently acquired papers of Sir Denis Mahon. It was in these rooms that much of the diary was most probably written and it was in these rooms that almost forty of Eileen’s descendants gathered to hear a dramatised version of the reading of the diary one hundred years later. The residents of 90 Merrion Square in 1916 were family members Sir Arthur Chance (56), a surgeon; his wife, Eileen Chance (38), the writer of this diary; Norman Chance (28), Eileen’s stepson and an engineer; Arthur Chance, known as Duke, (26), stepson and surgeon; Alice Chance (25), stepdaughter and doctor; Ethel (14), daughter; Oliver, known as Bill, (12), son; George (11), son; Doreen (10), daughter; Leslie (9), son; Donald, known as Don, (8), son; Betty (7), daughter; Marjorie (4), daughter. The staff consisted of Moore (45), chauffeur; Esther (27), nanny; Edward and Collins, ages and occupations not known, and two unnamed maids. The diary and other information has been supplied to the drb by Francis Chance and Mary Chance. Monday, April 24th, 1916 Feeling seedy with influenza, cold, remain in bed. Norman goes to the Island – Bill, George and Leslie for a day in the mountains. Father to the Mater Hospital. Duke is to play in the competition with Alex Hodgson. 12.30 Father brings in story of Sinn Feiners having taken the G.P.O.; says he saw men with revolvers and was advised by police to go home as soldiers were coming with guns. He returns by Butt Bridge and Westland Row, where people say the station too is held by Sinn Feiners. Fancy it is not serious. 2.00 p.m. Telephone from George V Hospital to say Duke is to get there as fast as he can, but not in uniform. Try to get him, catch him at Castle Golf Club. He is coming in. 2.30 p.m. They say Sinn Feiners are entrenching in…

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