- For the moment, no, Stephen answered." (U2.258)
— I knew you couldn't, he said joyously. But one day you must feel it. We are a generous people but we must also be just.
— I fear those big words, Stephen said, which make us so unhappy." (U2.261)
- You think me an old fogey and an old tory, his thoughtful voice said. I saw three generations since O'Connell's time. I remember the famine in '46." (U2.265)
Mr. Deasy's wall hanging is a bit out of date: in 1904, Albert Edward Prince of Wales had become H.M. King Edward VII. He reigned from 1901, when his mother Queen Victoria died, to his own death in 1910. He is seen in this PC wearing royal Stuart tartan filibegs.
The Orange Institution (or Orange Order) is a Protestant fraternal organisation based in N. Ireland and Scotland. It was founded in Co. Armagh in 1795, during the inter-communal violence of the 1790s that opposed Protestants and Catholics. The Order's name comes from William of Orange, the Protestant Dutch prince who became William III King of England and Ireland 1689 - 1702. The roots of the Orange Order can be traced back to the conflicts that arose from the Plantation of Ulster, particularly the Irish Rebellion of 1641, and the Williamite War in the 1690s that opposed the Williamites to the Jacobites (the forces of King James II, a Catholic). The parades of the Orange Order commemorate William's victories in the Battles of the Boyne (1690) and Aughrim (1691), that annihilated the Jacobites. This PC shows the banner of one of the Orange lodges.
The Act of Union (1801) merged the Parliaments of the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland to form the 'United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.' Daniel O'Connell campaigned for repeal of the union, set up the Repeal Association, and argued for the re-creation of an independent Kingdom of Ireland with Victoria as its Queen. He held a series of 'Monster Meetings' (so called for the huge attendance at each) throughout Ireland, often in places of historic Irish interest. After a successful Monster Meeting in Tara, one was planned for October 1843 in Clontarf (Co. Dublin), symbolic for its association with Brian Boru and the Battle of Clontarf (1014). The British Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel forbade it. Despite pleas from his supporters, and the prediction that a million people were planning to attend, O'Connell decided not to defy the authorities and called off the meeting. Still, he was arrested and jailed 3 months for sedition. With a moratorium on Monster Meetings, and his followers disappointed in him, O'Connell made no further progress in the campaign for Repeal.
'Croppy' from the 1790s was used in Ireland for people with closely cropped hair, a fashion associated with the anti-wig (anti-aristocrat) French revolution, hence connotating sympathy with the Society of United Irishmen. 'Croppies Lie Down' is a popular loyalist song, while 'The Croppy Boy' (sung in Sirens), is a sympathetic rebel song.
— I have rebel blood in me too, Mr Deasy said. On the spindle side. But I am descended from sir John Blackwood who voted for the union. We are all Irish, all kings' sons.
— Alas, Stephen said.
— Per vias rectas, Mr Deasy said firmly, was his motto. He voted for it and put on his topboots to ride to Dublin from the Ards of Down to do so.
Lal the ral the ra
The rocky road to Dublin." (U2.277)
— Sit down. Excuse me, he said over his shoulder, the dictates of common sense. Just a moment.
He peered from under his shaggy brows at the manuscript by his elbow and, muttering, began to prod the stiff buttons of the keyboard slowly, sometimes blowing as he screwed up the drum to erase an error." (U2.292)
The Prix de Paris is a race for 3 year old horses run in Longchamps, France. It involves, this card states, considerable amounts of prize money.