Page 163. " Everyone knows Limerick is the holiest city because it has the Arch Confraternity of the Holy Family, the biggest sodality in the world "

An active member of the Arch Confraternity is believed to have the advantage of finding escape from temptation and sin.  Traditional Latin Mass is said every day for members and their families, living or dead.  Members are expected to pray and work for souls in Purgatory and encourage others to do so.


Page 168. " What's a theorem and what's a Euclid? "

Public DomainEuclid

Euclid was a Greek mathematician who founded a school in Alexandria around 300 BC.  He is best known for his major work, Elements, comprehensive and rigorous examinations of the principles of geometry.  His theories are still in use today.


Page 174. " Well, now, I'll offer that up and I'll have no end of Indulgences to get me into heaven. "

Question to the Mintmaker showing Sale of Indulgences  Jorg Breu the Elder c1530
Public DomainQuestion to the Mintmaker showing Sale of Indulgences Jorg Breu the Elder c1530
An indulgence is defined as "the remission before God of the temporal punishment due for sins already forgiven as far as their guilt is concerned."  Indulgences may be partial or plenary. A partial indulgence removes part of the punishment, a plenary indulgence removes all of it. The punishment may be in this life,  or in the next life, in purgatory.

Indulgences were sold by the Church until 1567. They fell out of favour in the 1960s, but have recently been reinstated.