The 'Cyclops' episode takes place in the pub of Barney Kiernan, and this PC sets its tone. Such PCs proliferated in the 1910s, both in Ireland and in the USA. Predominantly colored in green, often embossed and gilded, adorned with harps, shamrocks and crowns, they expressed the unabashed patriotism of both Irish and Irish Americans.
- Old Troy, says I, was in the force. I'm on two minds not to give that fellow in charge for obstructing the thoroughfare with his brooms and ladders.
- What are you doing round those parts? says Joe." (U12.7)
- Ay, says I. A bit off the top. An old plumber named Geraghty. I'm hanging on to his taw now for the past fortnight and I can't get a penny out of him.
- That the lay you're on now? says Joe.
- Ay, says I . How are the mighty fallen! Collector of bad and doubtful debts." (U12.19)
- Who? says I. Sure, he's out in John of God's off his head, poor man.
- Drinking his own stuff? says Joe.
- Ay, says I. Whisky and water on the brain." (U12.54)
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- Not a word, says Joe. I was up at that meeting in the City Arms.
- What was that, Joe? says I." (U12.59)
So we went around by the Linenhall barracks and the back of the courthouse talking of one thing or another. Decent fellow Joe when he has it but sure like that he never has it. Jesus, I couldn't get over that bloody foxy Geraghty, the daylight robber. For trading without a licence, says he." (U12.60)
St Michan's church was built in 1686 on the site of an 11c. Hiberno-Viking chapel. It is the oldest church north of the Liffey, and possibly the only one surviving from a Viking foundation.
In the vaults of St Michan's church lie a number of bodies mummified by the dry sterile atmosphere created by the church's limestone walls. Some of the wooden caskets have cracked open, revealing the dead, as in life they slept, complete with skin and strands of hair.
Among the preserved remains are a 400-year-old nun, a six-and-a-half foot alleged crusader, Henry and John Sheares (leaders of the 1798 rebellion), and a mysterious body with hands and feet severed. The various Earls of Kenmare are also interred here, as well as the family of Bram Stoker. One of the crypts contains the death mask of the United Irish leader Wolfe Tone. The churchyard is said to contain the unmarked grave of United Irishman Robert Emmet, leader of the 1803 rising.