"- Barney mavourneen's be it, says I. Anything strange or wonderful, Joe?
- Not a word, says Joe. I was up at that meeting in the City Arms.
- What was that, Joe? says I." (U12.59)
"- Cattle traders, says Joe, about the foot and mouth disease. I want to give the citizen the hard word about it.
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)
"In Inisfail the fair there lies a land, the land of holy Michan. There rises a watchtower beheld of men afar." (U12.68)
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.
"There sleep the mighty dead as in life they slept," (U12.69)
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.
"warriors and princes of high renown." (U12.70)
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.
"A pleasant land it is in sooth of murmuring waters, fishful streams where sport the gurnard, the plaice, the roach, the halibut," (U12.70)
"the gibbed haddock, the grilse, the dab, the brill, the flounder, the pollock, the mixed coarse fish generally and other denizens of the aqueous kingdom too numerous to be enumerated." (U12.72)
"In the mild breezes of the west and of the east the lofty trees wave in different directions their first class foliage, the wafty sycamore, the Lebanonian cedar, the exalted planetree, the eugenic eucalyptus and other ornaments of the arboreal world with which that region is thoroughly well supplied." (U12.74)
"Lovely maidens sit in close proximity to the roots of the lovely trees singing the most lovely songs while they play with all kinds of lovely objects" (U12.78)
"as for example golden ingots, silvery fishes, crans of herrings, drafts of eels, codlings, creels of fingerlings, purple seagems and playful insects." (U12.80)
"And heroes voyage from afar to woo them, from Elbana to Slievemargy, , the peerless princes of unfettered Munster and of Connacht the just and of smooth sleek Leinster and of Cruahan's land and of Armagh the splendid and of the noble district of Boyle, princes, the sons of kings.
And there rises a shining palace whose crystal glittering roof is seen by mariners who traverse the extensive sea in barks built expressly for that purpose, and thither come all herds and fatlings and firstfruits of that land for O'Connell Fitzsimon takes toll of them, a chieftain descended from chieftains." (U12.82)
"Thither the extremely large wains bring foison of the fields, flaskets of cauliflowers, floats of spinach, pineapple chunks, Rangoon beans, strikes of tomatoes, drums of figs, drills of Swedes, spherical potatoes and tallies of iridescent kale, York and Savoy, and trays of onions, pearls of the earth, and punnets of mushrooms and custard marrows" (U12.91)
"and fat vetches and bere and rape and red green yellow brown russet sweet big bitter ripe pomellated apples and chips of strawberries" (U12.95)
"and sieves of gooseberries, pulpy and pelurious, and strawberries fit for princes and raspberries from their canes.
I dare him, says he, and I doubledare him. Come out here, Geraghty, you notorious bloody hill and dale robber! " (U12.97)
"And by that way wend the herds innumerable of bellwethers and flushed ewes and shearling rams and lambs and stubble geese and medium steers and roaring mares and polled calves and longwools and storesheep and Cuffe's prime springers and culls" (U12.102)
"and sowpigs and baconhogs and the various different varieties of highly distinguished swine" (U12.105)