Page 76. " if I have to crawl from here to Lourdes on me two bended knees "
Our Lady of Lourdes
Public DomainOur Lady of Lourdes

 Lourdes is a town in South West France, in the foothills of the Pyrenees.  In 1858, it is said that the Virgin Mary appeared 18 times to a young girl, Bernadette.  Today, 150 years later, over six million pilgrims visit the shrine each year.

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Page 85. " Michael Collins "

Michael Collins
Public DomainMichael Collins

Michael Collins was a charismatic Irish rebel, a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood. He later formed the Irish Republican Army from rebel units after the Easter Rising.  He played a major part in negotiating the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1921. 

In 1922, Collins was ambushed and shot dead by members of the Anti-Treaty IRA.


Page 85. " If you ever say anything good about Oliver Cromwell they'll hit you "
Oliver Cromwell
Public DomainOliver Cromwell

Oliver Cromwell, Lord Lieutenant and General for the Parliament of England, defeated the Confederate and Royalist coalition in Ireland in 1650. He passed a series of penal laws against Roman Catholics, the majority of the population, and confiscated their land.


Page 100. " Leo the Thirteenth, a great friend of the working man "
Pope Leo xiii
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Leo XIII was Pope from 1878 to 1903.  He is known for addressing issues of social justice, encouraging social legislation and trade unions.