The Act of Union (1800) abolished the independent parliament in Dublin.
The building was sold in 1802 to the Bank of Ireland.
John Hely-Hutchinson (1724-1794) was an Irish lawyer, statesman, and Provost of Trinity College, Dublin.
William Henry Grattan Flood (1857-1928) was a renowned musicologist and historian, known for his ecclesiastical compositions and his contribution to Irish music and history.
Henry Grattan (1746-1820) was a member of the Irish House of Commons, who opposed the Act of Union 1800 that merged the Kingdoms of Ireland and Great Britain.
Charles Kendal Bushe (1767-1843) held the office of Lord Chief Justice in Ireland.
baptism is the ritual 'washing of sins' by which a person becomes a member of the Church.
Stephen is questioning the technicalities of his religion.
Saint Francis Xavier was one of the first followers of Saint Ignatius de Loyola, and therefore one of the first Jesuits. He was sent by the latter as a missionary to India, and is known as the Apostle of the Indies.
From a religious and spiritual point of view, the term 'retreat' means a time spent alone or in contemplative communion with others, a time that allows for reflection, prayer or meditation, achieved by withdrawing or 'retreating' from ordinary life.
purgatory — a state of purification (a purge). Here, souls achieve the holiness necessary to enter Heaven.
Joseph Addison began his literary career by writing poems which were quite popular. Then he started writing political pamphlets, but they were not impressive. Additionally, he wrote plays, but none of lasting quality. It is only as an essayist that Addison is remembered today, though he embarked on this course quite by accident: his childhood friend, Richard Steele, started The Tatler magazine, and he wrote for it.