Belfield
The university campus in South Dublin of UCD
biro
Brandname of a type of ballpoint pen which has become a generic term for all pens
blackjack
A popular black chewy sweet , aniseed flavoured
Booterstown
an expensive suburb in South County Dublin
Brown Thomas
an exclusive upmarket store in Grafton Street, Dublin.
Churchtown
upmarket suburb of South County Dublin
coladh sámh
Irish language for peaceful sleep
Dick Emery headscarf
Dick Emery - a British TV comedian in the Seventies who had various female caricatures he dressed up as
Elephant and Castle
An area in London, England
flaccid
soft and limp
Gaeltacht
parts of Ireland where Irish is recognised as the first language
Gweedore
A village in County Donegal which is part of the Gaeltacht. Live -in Irish language schools are run there every summer for secondary school children. It is regarded as a rite of passage that many Irish teenagers go through.
hoovers
vacuum cleaners
Jesuits
A religious order which is deeply involved in education.
jigger
a small whiskey glass holding 45ml
Jimmy O'Dea
Popuar Irish comedian and entertainer from the 1920's to his death in 1965
langer
slang for penis
Legion of Mary
A lay Catholic association founded in 1921 and committed to apostolic works within their communities
Mammy
Irish diminutive for Mother - from Gaeilge (Irish language) 'Mamai'
messer
a joker, never serious can also mean someone who interferes, particularly sexually, with another
mickey
slang for penis
Miu Miu
designer clothing label - expensive
nappy
baby's diaper
Nolly May
Ada's pet name for Lamb Nugent. From the Latin 'noli me tangere' words attributed to Jesus when Mary Magdalene recognises him after his Resurrection. Significant here because of Ada and Lamb's relationship. It could be more correctly translated from the Greek in which it was written by John as 'stop clinging on to me'.
obduracy
unmoved by persuasion, stubborn
pate
crown or top of the head
Phibsboro
a suburb north of Dublin city - within walking distance of the city centre
queers
offensive slang word for homosexuals
Riesling
A white wine that originated in Germany
Robespierre
A French philosopher - one of the foremost figures of the French Revolution
Shelbourne
a well-established and exclusive hotel in Dublin's south city
spoor
a track, a trail, a trace by which someone or thing may be followed
stingy
mean
Suzey Street
At the time Dublin late-drinking night club on the Leeson Street strip
tertiary syphilis
The tird and most horrific stage of syphilis - a sexually transmitted disease
uxorious
a submissive fondness for one's wife
VoVos
a particular biscuit
wake
An Irish mourning ritual - a watch or vigil by the living over the dead person. Usually accompanied by story telling, weeping and drinking. before burial
wire
slang for penis
zephyr
a gentle, mild breeze