"The man that got away James Stephens. The champion of all Ireland at putting the sixteen pound shot. What was your best throw, citizen?
— Na bacleis , says the citizen, letting on to be modest. There was a time I was as good as the next fellow anyhow.” (U 12.881)
"- Put it there, citizen, says Joe. You were and a bloody sight better.
- Is that really a fact? says Alf.
- Yes, says Bloom. That's well known. Did you not know that?
So off they started about Irish sport" (U12.886)
"and shoneen games the like of lawn tennis and about hurley and putting the stone and racy of the soil and building up a nation once again and all to that. And of course Bloom had to have his say too about if a fellow had a rower's heart violent exercise was bad. I declare to my antimacassar if you took up a straw from the bloody floor and if you said to Bloom: Look at, Bloom. Do you see that straw? That's a straw. Declare to my aunt he'd talk about it for an hour so he would and talk steady." (U12.889)
Shoneen (Anglo-Irish, derogatory) is one who prefers English attitudes, customs or lifestyle to Irish ones. This is a PC of famous English stage actress Marie Studholme (1874 - 1930) posing in a tennis outfit.
"A most interesting discussion took place in the ancient hall of Brian O'Ciarnain's in Sraid na Bretaine Bheag, under the auspices of Sluagh na h-Eireann, on the revival of ancient Gaelic sports and the importance of physical culture," (12.897)
"as understood in ancient Greece and ancient Rome and ancient Ireland, for the development of the race." (U12.900)
"The Irish Caruso-Garibaldi was in superlative form and his stentorian notes were heard to the greatest advantage in the timehonoured anthem sung as only our citizen can sing it. " (U12.919)
"His superb highclass vocalism, which by its superquality greatly enhanced his already international reputation," (U12.922)

An advertisement for Caruso's records (LHJ, June 1904).
"was vociferously applauded by the large audience among which were to be noticed many prominent members of the clergy as well as representatives of the press and the bar and the other learned professions. The proceedings then terminated." (U12.923)
"Amongst the clergy present were the very rev. William Delany, S.J., L.L.D.; the rt rev. Gerald Molloy, D.D.; the rev. P.J. Kavanagh, C.S.Sp.;" (U12.928)

C.S.Sp. stands for Congregatio Sancti Spiritus = the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, aka Spiritans. It was founded in Paris by Claude-François Poullart des Places (1703). The purpose of the congregation was to minister to the poor, and to provide chaplains in hospitals, prisons, and schools. It quickly grew a missionary role. The Spiritans came to Ireland in 1859 and focused on education. They founded Blackrock College (1860), Rockwell College in Cashel (1864), and St Mary's College in Rathmines (1890). The back of this Dublin CDV identifies Rev. P. Kavanagh - the same one?
"the rev. T. Waters, C.C.; the rev. John M. Ivers, P.P.; the rev. P.J. Cleary, O.S.F.; the rev. L.J. Hickey, O.P.; the very rev. Fr. Nicholas, O.S.F.C.; the very rev. B. Gorman, O.D.C.; the rev. T. Maher, S.J.; the very rev. James Murphy, S.J.; the rev. John Lavery, V.F.; the very rev. William Doherty, D.D.; the rev. Peter Fagan, O.M.; the rev. T. Brangan, O.S.A.; the rev. J. Flavin, C.C.; the rev. M.A. Hackett, C.C.; the rev. W. Hurley, C.C.; the rt rev. Mgr M'Manus, V.G.; the rev. B.R. Slattery, O.M.I.; the very rev. M.D. Scally, P.P.; the rev. F.T. Purcell, O.P.; the very rev. Timothy canon Gorman, P.P.; the rev. J. Flanagan, C.C. The laity included P. Fay, T. Quirke, etc., etc." (U12.929)
"- Talking about violent exercise, says Alf, were you at that Keogh-Bennett match?
- No, says Joe.
- I heard So and So made a cool hundred quid over it, says Alf.
- Who? Blazes? says Joe." (U12.939)
"And says Bloom:
- What I meant about tennis, for example, is the agility and training of the eye." (U12.944)
' Ay, Blazes, says Alf. He let out that Myler was on the beer to run up the odds and he swatting all the time.
- We know him, says the citizen. The traitor's son. We know what put English gold in his pocket.
- rue for you, says Joe.
And Bloom cuts in again about lawn tennis and the circulation of the blood, asking Alf:
- Now, don't you think, Bergan?
- Myler dusted the floor with him, says Alf. Heenan and Sayers was only a bloody fool to it. Handed him the father and mother of a beating. See the little kipper not up to his navel and the big fellow swiping." (U12.949)
"God, he gave him one last puck in the wind. Queensberry rules and all, made him puke what he never ate." (U12.957)
The Queensberry rules are a code of popular boxing rules, written by John Graham Chambers in 1865, and published in 1867. They were so named because the 9th Marquess of Queensberry publicly endorsed them. They include: 1. the size of the boxing ring 24-foot, or as near that size as practicable, 2. No wrestling or hugging allowed, 3. the rounds to be of 3 minutes duration, and 1 minute between rounds, 4. if either man falls through weakness or otherwise, he must get up unassisted, 10 seconds allowed him to do so etc. Though modified over time, the rules have paved the way for modern boxing.
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