Archive for the ‘Cúrsaí Reatha / Topical’ Category

The 4th Plinth – One & Other

Monday, July 13th, 2009

The 4th plinth

Is this just a platform for Big Brother rejects?

Airtricity Update – The Facts

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

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I guess it was only a matter of time but after my post on Friday the story was covered offline in the Sunday Business Post and online on Soapbox Ireland, Office of Inadequate Security, ValueIreland, Brand Ireland and of course mulley.net.

What at first looked like a progressive step by Airtricity in engaging with the online community on this issue seems to have been no more than a cursory attempt to quell any chitchat among the blogging community in relation to the data breach. Funny that the engagement only came after the SBP ran the story.

Anyway, it looks Peter Lord or at least his IP has become a regular AGH reader so here are a few new facts you can add to your list. AGH is now on page one, position ten in the organic Google search results for the key word ‘Airtricity’ and the the Airtricity Letter has been downloaded times from AGH.

Ireland’s most expensive…petrol station?

Thursday, July 26th, 2007
Petrol

Not sure if this is still the most expensive petrol station in Ireland. Genuine picture taken at the Usher’s Island/Quay Statoil rip-off station.
Can anyone top €1.64? Oh and don’t forget the .9, I love the .9

Update: 30/07/07
Seems this daylight robbery has not gone unnoticed. The Business Post have all d’info in this article.

Garda and fuel card discount confirmed:
“Customers, including Garda vehicles and ambulances, who use their cards at the station, are charged at the average price of about €1.18 a litre.”

“Topaz, the company behind the Statoil and Shell brands, will consider not renewing its contract with the most expensive petrol station in the country…could not force the station to reduce its price, but could decide not to renew its contract when it expired, forcing the station to buy its fuel from another company.

“The station is located along one of the busiest routes in the country and is the first petrol station for many motorists coming off the ferry at Dublin Port. It is one of the only petrol stations in Dublin city centre.”

“Dublin businessman Hugh Farrington, who has property interests and lives in Dalkey, owns the Usher’s Quay station through his company QEC… According to Topaz, Farrington charges so much for fuel because he claims to have higher overheads because of where his station is located.”

– Thanks to Gareth for the heads up on this article

Come in Karl Spain, Your Dinner is Ready

Thursday, June 14th, 2007
Karl Spain

This guy has to be one of the most unfunny people on television at the moment, second only to that gimp off naked camera. Oh and is it just me or is this guys fat fucking face expanding at an exponential rate!

Bush’s stolen watch on Ebay…

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Bush Watch
…how much would it fetch do you reckon?

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Templemore’s Finest!! (aka Templemorons)

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

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I guess phone skills / public relations are not included in the rigorous 2 year training programme up in Templemore these days.

Gardaí ‘taking total piss out of’ caller on YouTube video

Comhairle Contae Chiarraí ag briseadh an dlí!

Thursday, May 17th, 2007
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Well, bhí sé ar RnaG cupla mí ó shin agus feachann sé nach bhfuil rudai curtha sa cheart fós. Tá Comhairle Contae Chiarraí FÓS ag briseadh an dlí nuair nach bhfuil siad tareis na comharthaí seo a athru go comharthaí aontheangach .

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Ballingeary!! Coolea!!! Ta suil agam go mbeidh na comharthaí seo aontheangach in am don Comórtas Peile i “Ballingeary” an samhradh seo. Jazus if for nothing else then to make sure the Dingle Dangle Ui Chuis crowd don’t use it as an excuse to expand their campaign!

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B’fhéidir nach comhair duinn in iomad iontas a bheith orainn os rud é nach raibh seans ag an KCC an comhartha thios a athrú fiú!

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Google Fight The Election

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Click on the links to see how the great Google God in the sky calls it. Some very interesting results.

Fianna Fail vs Fine Gael

Bertie Ahern vs Enda Kenny

Fianna Fail & PD’s vs Fine Gael & Labour

PD’s vs Sinn Féin

Mary Harney vs A Cheeseburger

Gerry Adams vs Bertie Ahern

Twenty Major vs Slugger O’Toole

Michael McDowell vs Joseph Goebbels

None Election Fights:

twentymajor.net vs achgohairithe.com : take that Twenty you Cunt!

Tits vs Ass

Guth An Phobail

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Well tá an data daingnithe don olltoghchán, an 24ú la don mí seo chugainn (Bealtaine).
Nil foinse níos fear ar an tInternet le haigh eolas ar gach gné don sorcas pholaitíochta seo na guthanphobail.net.

Sheck it owet!

Bring Out Your Dead!

Friday, April 27th, 2007
Bring out your dead

Exclusive picture of staff at The Mater Hospital handing over a patient to morgue officials after he was wrongly diagnosed as being DEAD.
Eyewitness reports quoting the patient as saying “i swear im not dead” and “im getting better, honest i am” are as yet unverified.

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Family of faggot fans fly the flag!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Faggots

Me thinks someone over at the BBC is pulling the piss!

A West Midlands family is playing a central role in the quest to raise the profile of a forgotten British dish – faggots.

The Doody family from Wolverhampton has been crowned The Faggot Family in a national competition, and to kick off their reign they will launch National Faggot Week.

…Her husband Fred added: “It’s unfair because faggots were a British delicacy long before any of the others.

…”The great British faggot is full of flavour and a great belly warmer at this time of year.”

…The competition was organised by faggot producer Mr Brain’s Faggots.

I especially like the ‘Faggot Facts’!

Faggots were called “savoury ducks” in the Middle Ages
Faggots were named after the Latin word for bundle
Faggots were originally made with pig’s liver and offal
Faggots are now made from pork liver and pork
Fans have published the Good Faggot Guide

Slán Slán

Friday, March 30th, 2007
Troops Out

Come tomorrow, South Armagh will once again be free! Free from the sound of British jackboots marching on her streets, free from the watchtower rifle scope, free from from constant intimidation and harassment, free from sheet metal and bullet-proof eyesores…tomorrow South Armagh will be Free of British soldiers.

Source: Balrog, Ireland.com

Previously on AGH:

Snail Mail : Update #4

Friday, March 23rd, 2007
Snail Mail : Update #4

Well the sixth and final letter landed on Tuesday, a full week after it was sent. So be warned, if you are sending mail to an address in Dublin; give yourself at least a week for delivery. This pours cold water on An Post’s bold claims that “About 90 per cent of these are delivered the following working day, 99 per cent are delivered within 48 hours.â€?

I’ve written 2 letters to An Post via snail mail to see if they have any credible explanation for al this. I banged off a letter written in English to the English version of their address ‘Customer Services, An Post, Ground Floor, GPO, Freepost, Dublin 1’ and a letter written in Irish to the Irish version of their address ‘Seirbhísí Custaiméara, An Post, Céad Urlár, Ard-Oifig an Phoist, Saorphost, Baile Ã?tha Cliath 1 ‘ .
I wonder which one will land first!

1. Dublin to Gaeltacht
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 16

2. Dublin to Regional Town
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14

3. Dublin to Dublin
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 20

Related Posts:
Snail Mail – Post na Seilide
Snail Mail : Update #1
Snail Mail : Update #2
Snail Mail : Update #3

Snail Mail : Update #3

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007
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Well a week on and I’m still no closer to the truth! After sending 6 letters only 5 have landed at their destinations so far; the 1 remaining undelivered letter had to travel the shortest distance (Dublin to Dublin). But what is the meaning of it? Is there a mountain of undelivered Irish addressed letters in a sorting office in the midlands somewhere? To get to the bottom of this I guess I’m going to have to dust off my old frock and get Martina Mary O’Connor to write directly to An Post.

1. Dublin to Gaeltacht
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 16

2. Dublin to Regional Town
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14

3. Dublin to Dublin
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: ??

Related Posts:
Snail Mail – Post na Seilide
Snail Mail : Update #1
Snail Mail : Update #2

Snail Mail : Update #2

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

The plot thickens!!! It seems that this may not be a straight forward as I first thought.

Out of the 3 addresses I sent mail to all have received at least one of the letters, with one receiving both. The two addresses that only received one letter only received the letters addressed in English.

It may be that this anomaly where Irish addressed letters get delayed may be restricted to some local sorting offices. Of course it would help if I knew more about the sorting system or what network is in place; to this end I will be contacting An Post directly to see if they can shed more light on the issue.

Anyway, the wait goes on for the two remaining Irish addressed letters.

Below is a breakdown of the sent and received dates of each letter.

1. Dublin to Gaeltacht
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: ??

2. Dublin to Regional Town
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14

3. Dublin to Dublin
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: ??

Related Posts:
Snail Mail – Post na Seilide
Snail Mail : Update #1

Snail Mail : Update #1

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Well it seems the rumour is proving to be founded in truth, so far anyway.
The first report back of a letter being delivered to one of the addresses was today and of course only one landed; and yes you guessed it, it was the English addressed letter that arrived to the door!

What make this first report all the worse is that the address in question is located in a Gaeltacht area!

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“Port Láirge?? Jazus where’s that??…”

I will know this evening if any letters landed to the other 2 addresses but for now things are not looking good for An Post.

And for anyone who thinks this is trivial and not worth investigating, just ask the thousands of businesses, located inside and outside the Gaeltacht, who depend on mail being delivered on time to carry out their business….whether the address is written in Irish or not. Oh and there’s a little matter of OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ACT 2003 which gives them the right to carry out their business as Gaeilge if they so wish!

Below is a breakdown of the sent and received dates of each letter.

1. Dublin to Gaeltacht
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: ??

2. Dublin to Regional Town
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: ??
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: ??

3. Dublin to Dublin
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: ??
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: ??

Related Posts: Snail Mail – Post na Seilide

Beannachtai Na Féile Pádraig

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Beannachtai Na Féile Pádraig / Happy St. Patrick’s Day
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Cupla lá luath but hey / A few days early but hey

Her Majesty’s Government’s Objective

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007
British Troops Out

Much is being made of the recent announcement that British Prime Minister Tony Blair intends to begin withdrawing British troops from Iraq, paring the troop numbers down from 7,100 to 5,500 and possibly even down another 500 to 5,000 by the end of the summer.

Little is being made of the fact that we haven’t seen anything like a similar troop withdrawal from Northern Ireland even though such a withdrawal was promised long before the Iraqi one. There are currently 8,500 British troops still stationed in Northern Ireland. While there has been some progress in terms of dismantling armoured watch towers etc the British MoD is quite obviously dragging its heels on its long promised troop withdrawal from NI.

According to the British MoD: “The mission of the armed forces in Northern Ireland is to support the Police Service of Northern Ireland in the defeat of terrorism and the maintenance of Public Order in order to assist Her Majesty’s government’s objective of returning Northern Ireland to normality.”

The lack of significant troop withdrawals from Northern Ireland is testimony to British Military/Foreign Policy hypocrisy. No one can say that the situation in Northern Ireland is anywhere near as bad as is currently in Iraq but still the hypocrisy goes on. With Northern Assembly elections fast approaching nothing short of complete troop withdrawal should be accepted; one of the many steps in the transition to fair elections and a peaceful society.

Facts and Figures:

NI: 1.6 British Soldiers per square mile.
Iraq: 1 British Soldier per 23 square miles.

NI: 1 British Soldier per 200 head of population.
Iraq: 1 British Soldier per 3772 head of population.

Related Links:
Troops Out

Mysterious Flash Floods Hit Ireland

Friday, January 19th, 2007
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Meteorologists were at loss to explain the mysterious flash floods which hit all over Ireland last night. A leading RTE weather man/meteorologist when asked said “there was no metrological reason for such severe floods last nightâ€?, he went on to add “while there were very high winds, there was very little rain…I cant explain itâ€?.

Flash Floods

AGH can EXCLUSIVELY reveal that the flash floods were caused by the women of Ireland collectively creaming themselves whilst watching Tall, Dark and Ó hAilpín on RTE1 last night. The programme aired at 10:15 and the first flash floods were reported at 10:20. No coincidence that it was at 10:20, five minutes into the show that the we were first shown footage of the Ó hAilpín brothers topless. This backs up our claim that the programme was responsible for the terrible floods which hit the country last night. The flooding got progressively worse as the documentary went on, with what can only be described tsunami like waves coinciding with footage of the boys in various states of undress.

It is as yet unclear if RTE have any case to answer for in this matter. But they may yet regret not airing a disclaimer or warning at the shows outset.

Flash Floods

Meanwhile, the floods are said to be subsiding slowly throughout the country. Disruption is said to be minimal with many people braving the conditions to go about their daily lives.

Global warming! What global warming?

Thursday, January 18th, 2007
Moscow in January

Picture taken of the exact same spot in Moscow in January 2006 and again in January 2007. Can you spot the difference?

Pic from englishrussia.com.