|"The summer evening had begun to fold the world in its mysterious embrace. Far away in the west the sun was setting and the last glow of all too fleeting day lingered lovingly on sea and strand," (U13.1)|
"on the proud promontory of dear old Howth," (U13.3)|
A PC of the hill of Howth. The large church on the left is the R.C. Church of the Assumption.
|"guarding as ever the waters of the bay, on the weedgrown rocks along Sandymount shore" (U13.4)|
"and, last but not least, on the quiet church whence there streamed forth at times upon the stillness the voice of prayer" (U13.4)|
The quiet church is Mary Star of the Sea (Sandymount, Dublin), seen here in a PC by Hely's. Mary Star of the Sea (in Latin = Stella Maris) is a name for the Blessed Virgin Mary as protector of sailors and seamen.
"to her who is in her pure radiance " (U13.7)|
Mary Star of the Sea on a holy card from Italy...
"a beacon ever to the stormtossed heart of man, Mary, star of the sea." (U13.7)|
...and one from Slovenia.
"The three girl friends were seated on the rocks, enjoying the evening scene and the air which was fresh but not too chilly. Many a time and oft were they wont to come there to that favourite nook to have a cosy chat beside the sparkling waves and discuss matters feminine, Cissy Caffrey and Edy Boardman with the baby in the pushcar" (U13.9) |
"Tommy and Jacky Caffrey, two little curlyheaded boys, dressed in sailor suits with caps to match" (U13.13)|
Dressing little boys in sailor suits was (still is) popular. Here a period photo taken at McGlover studio, Dublin.
"and the name H.M.S. Belleisle printed on both" (U13.15).|
The Royal Navy coastal defence vessel H.M.S. Belleisle was originally the Turkish gunboat Peiki Shereef, built at Poplar and launched in 1876. She was purchased from Turkey in 1878 and converted to a target ship in 1903. The wreck was sold to Germany for breaking in 1904.
|"For Tommy and Jacky Caffrey were twins, scarce four years old and very noisy and spoiled twins sometimes but for all that darling little fellows with bright merry faces and endearing ways about them." (U13.15)|
|"They were dabbling in the sand with their spades and buckets, building castles as children do, or playing with their big coloured ball, happy as the day was long." (U13.18)|
|"And Edy Boardman was rocking the chubby baby to and fro in the pushcar while that young gentleman fairly chuckled with delight. He was but eleven months and nine days old and, though still a tiny toddler, was just beginning to lisp his first babyish words." (U13.20)|
"Cissy Caffrey bent over him to tease his fat little plucks and the dainty dimple in his chin.|
- Now, baby, Cissy Caffrey said. Say out big, big. I want a drink of water.
And baby prattled after her:
- A jink a jink a jawbo.
Cissy Caffrey cuddled the wee chap for she was awfully fond of children, so patient with little sufferers" (U13.24)
|"and Tommy Caffrey could never be got to take his castor oil unless it was Cissy Caffrey that held his nose and promised him the scatty heel of the loaf of brown bread with golden syrup on. What a persuasive power that girl had!" (U13.30)|
|"But to be sure baby Boardman was as good as gold, a perfect little dote in his new fancy bib. None of your spoilt beauties, Flora MacFlimsy sort, was Cissy Caffrey. A truerhearted lass never drew the breath of life, always with a laugh in her gipsylike eyes and a frolicsome word on her cherryripe red lips, a girl lovable in the extreme. And Edy Boardman laughed too at the quaint language of little brother." (U13.33)|