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July 18th, 2006
Mixed Blessings
Glossary for The Pope's Children

Craic
Pronounced crack, it refers to fun, good times, abandonment, often involving alcohol or music. Also, scandal, gossip, “action”

Wan
A person, particularly a woman

A far cry from the thatched roofs of yore.

Credit: Ronan Fox

Liverpool away strip
The jersey for the Liverpool football club that the team wears when playing games away from home

Crisps
Cold potato chips

Chip shop
Fast-food restaurant, often fish and chips

Takeaway
Take-out food

LOADED
Men’s magazine in the U.K. and Ireland, similar to MAXIM in the U.S.

Cop-off
Have sexual relations

Eason & Son
Irish book store

Necking
Drinking or imbibing alcohol or drugs

Loo
Bathroom

Lippy
Lipstick

Off-license
Place to buy take-away beer, wine or liquor

Sacred Heart choir member Margaret Murphy says goodbye to the organ gallery and shudders at the thought that the recently sold church could end up as a night club.

Credit: Ronan Fox

Brendan Behan
Irish playwright, novelist, short story writer and poet. Behan, who once described himself as a “drinker with a writing problem,” was notorious for his heavy drinking and public appearances.

Sunk
Drank

RTE
Radio Telefís Éireann, Irish public television station and radio

Chips
French fries

Punter
One who bets, usually on race horses

O2
Mobile service provider in the British Isles

Brown Thomas
Irish department store carrying high-end products

Trocaire
Foreign development agency of the Irish Catholic Church

Hollier
Holiday

Merc
Mercedes

Anadin
An over-the-counter pain reliever

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