8th March 1941
Called on Maura Benham this evening, and found her in the very best of health. Hervey [her brother] is expected home this weekend. Alarm at 8.30 this evening and a lot of planes came over. Loud bomb explosions at about 9.30, seemed to be fairly near. The flashes were very violent, and the blast rattled every window in the Castle. Nobody in the streets took the slightest notice, and I don't believe they would even if the bomb fell in the street.