"Twopence a pint, fourpence a quart, eightpence a gallon of porter, no, one and fourpence a gallon of porter. One and four into twenty: fifteen about." (U5.308)
"Yes, exactly. Fifteen millions of barrels of porter.
What am I saying barrels? Gallons. About a million barrels all the same.
An incoming train clanked heavily above his head, coach after coach. Barrels bumped in his head: dull porter slopped and churned inside." (U5.311)
"The bungholes sprang open and a huge dull flood leaked out, flowing together, winding through mudflats all over the level land, a lazy pooling swirl of liquor bearing along wideleaved flowers of its froth." (U5.314)
"He had reached the open backdoor of All Hallows. Stepping into the porch he doffed his hat, took the card from his pocket and tucked it again behind the leather headband. Damn it." (U5.318)
"I might have tried to work M'Coy for a pass to Mullingar." (U5.320)
"Same notice on the door. Sermon by the very reverend John Conmee S.J. on saint Peter Claver and the African mission." (U5.322)
"Prayers for the conversion of Gladstone they had too when he was almost unconscious." (U5.323)
"The protestants are the same. Convert Dr William J. Walsh D.D. to the true religion. Save China's millions. Wonder how they explain it to the heathen Chinee. Prefer an ounce of opium. Celestials. Rank heresy for them." (U5.325)
William Joseph Walsh (1841 - 1921) served as the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin from 1885 to his death in 1921.
"Buddha their god lying on his side in the museum." (U5.328)
"Taking it easy with hand under his cheek. Josssticks burning." (U6.328)
"Not like Ecce Homo. Crown of thorns and cross." (U5.329)
'Ecce Homo' (Latin = Behold the Man) are the words said by Pontius Pilate during the trial of Jesus, as related in the Gospel of St. John (19:5). Pilate presented a scourged Jesus Christ, bound and crowned with thorns, to a hostile crowd shortly before His Crucifixion. Popular in Christian art, Ecce Homo refers to any work that depicts Jesus wearing the crown of thorns, be it a close up of his head (with crown of thorns and torture wounds, as in this PC), his full figure (with purple robe and loincloth), or the whole tableau with Pilate and the mocking crowd (+/- scenery from Jerusalem).
"Clever idea Saint Patrick the shamrock. Chopsticks?" (U5.330)
The word 'shamrock' is derived from the Irish 'seamrog' = summer plant. Before Christianity in Ireland, the shamrock was a sacred plant of the Druids. Legend has it that St Patrick, teaching in the open air on the doctrine of the trinity, and wanting to illustrate the existence of the Three in One, plucked a shamrock from the ground and showed it to his congregation. Since then, the Shamrock has become a symbol of Ireland (though not its official emblem, which is the harp).
"Conmee: Martin Cunningham knows him: distinguished looking. Sorry I didn't work him about getting Molly into the choir" (U5.331)
(Image courtesy of the ZJJF)
"instead of that Father Farley who looked a fool but wasn't. They're taught that." (U5.332)
[Image courtesy of the ZJJF]
"He's not going out in bluey specs with the sweat rolling off him to baptise blacks, is he? The glasses would take their fancy, flashing. Like to see them sitting round in a ring with blub lips, entranced, listening. Still life. Lap it up like milk, I suppose." (U6.333)
"The cold smell of sacred stone called him. He trod the worn steps, pushed the swingdoor and entered softly by the rere.
Something going on: some sodality. Pity so empty. Nice discreet place to be next some girl." (U5.338)
St Andrew's Church on Westland Row had masses every 1/2hr from 7am till 12, and Vespers at 7:30pm.