Archive for April, 2006

Friday Caption Comp #5

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Friday Caption #5

Since I and others that contribute to achgohairithe will abroad for the rest of the week, I have to decided to post the Friday Caption Comp picture today…..Wednesday!

Who knows we might even find time in Slovenia on Friday to leave a caption…….i doubt it……….unless they have net access in the pubs………..even at that I doubt it…………anyway……….carry on……

That Mitchell and Webb Sound

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

That Mitchell and Webb Sound

I was recently introduced to That Mitchell and Webb Sound(comedy sketch show that ran on BBC Radio 4 2003 & 2005) and I can safely say that it’s without doubt the funniest thing I have ever heard. Mitchell and Webb may, more recently, be known more for their on screen antics in the form of Peep Show,and for anyone who is a fan of the TV sohow I would advise strongly you get your hands on the first two radio series.

I’m told that they are also repeating the show on BBC Radio 4 at the moment so check out the schedule there if want to catch these guys in action.

Also, if you’re really desperate to get your hands on a copy of the first and second radio series, drop me an email and ill see what I can do.

Who the Fu*k is Reggie?

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Leinster 6 – 30 Munster

Federico Pucciariello, replacement prop for the injured Marcus Horan in Saturday’s trouncing of Leinster, when interview the week before the game was asked how he thought he would fair in his personal battle with Reggie Corrigan. His response was “who the fu@k is Reggie?â€?

Born in Rosario, Argentina, Federico played for Jockey Club Rosario before taking off for Europe where he played for Parma.
He moved on to Narbonne and in May 2001 played for them in the Challenge Cup final, a game the French lost to NEC Harlequins 42-33, after extra time, Federico’s current clubmate Paul Burke deciding the outcome, kicking six penalties, three conversions and a drop-goal.
There followed a season in England’s West Country with Gloucester before the Italian international moved back to France and three seasons with Bourgoin.

He joins Munster at the start of the 2005/2006 season, was named as a replacement for their trip to Welford Road for the pre-season warm-up match but ended up making his debut from the off when Tony Buckley was forced to withdraw on the morning of the game.

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Friday Caption Comp #4

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Friday Caption #4

Well we didn’t have a FCC last week, it being Good Friday and all.
So anyway, here is this weeks one, go nuts.

The Surf is…how you say…hmm…up!

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

River Surfing Munich
Not many people knew about the river surfing spots in Munich when I was there, but it seems the secret is out now and Munich no doubt will find its way on to the surfers hot spots hall of fame.

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Top of the Cops

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

At the recent AGSI annual conference,held in Killarney, Garda chiefs voted overwhelmingly to pressure Garda Commissioner Noel Conroy into addressing the issue of sub-standard Garda uniforms. The NEW Garda uniforms introduced in 2005 have not gone down well with the rank and file Gardaí. One Garda form the Galway West Garda division described the uniforms as having “Ties that don’t tie, reflective jackets that don’t reflect and trousers that have more than their quota of balls. “ Another unnamed female Garda is quoted as saying “they make us look frumpy”. Well, we here at AGH decided take a cross section of Police uniforms from around the world and see how the Irish one compares. We each have our personal favourite out of the bunch below….Let us know what you think!

Bulgaria Germany Spain
___^ Bulgaria ^_______^ Germany ^_______^ Spain ^___

Italy UK USA
___^ Italy ^___________^ UK ^____________^ USA ^___

Korea HollandChina
____^ Korea ^_______^ Holland ^________^ China ^___

And of course our very own Cailíní in Blue!
How do they compare?
You decide.
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Alfie Hales, Waterford

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

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Alfie Hales, Ballybricken, Waterford, Co. Waterford
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When in Waterford I couldn’t recommend a better place for a pint…in Waterford.

Key points:
1. No food (at last except barfood Peanuts salted and roasted crisps and an array of Cadbury snacks no fucking club milks!)

2. Barely any women saving the ones behind the counter and the wans who are there with husbands.

3. Betting slips and pens in the jax (kindly donated by the bookies 5 doors up) which explains the tellies showing racing from all over.

4. Nothing but sport on telly no fucking ballsless sky news or soaps anywhere to be seen on either of the 7 tellies.

5. Trained barstaff (they actually know what they are doing and don’t need to be told what a relief!)

6. No stupid shite music playing trying to create an atmosphere.

7. No girls with skirts up their holes (good or bad?) But there’s a time and place for everything.

Alfie Hales Waterford

There are a few Alfies in Waterford but this one in Ballybricken is the only one I’ve darkened the door of. I have an inside man living in Waterford and am not sure as to the reception one would receive unaccompanied. Sure it’d be grand as long as you drink large ones off the shelf! Ballybricken is, I have been informed by my man on the inside, not such a great area, but in Waterford where is!?

It’s the kinda place you go for the cure on a Sunday or the sneaky one straight after work on a Friday, it’s the kinda place you go in for 1 or 2 and leave slurring your words wobbling dangerously down the footpath.

Alfie Hale was some sort of heroe(?) with Waaaterford United back in the day… they played Manchester United in some game and they played well but lost. He may have played for the replubic as well but I had imbibed about 5 pt bottles of stout at that stage and am not 100% sure…

PubSpy Rating 9.5 thumbs up out of 13
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I had to dock 3.5 thumbs for making us Watch Munster on the smallest telly with the sound down (it’s a soccer pub!) it was weird as the soccer commentary went exactly with the rugby pictures a lot of the time!!! booooooo

Location

Kerry offers unique activity holiday

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

County Kerry is renowned the world over for it’s beautifully scenery, its friendly people and its expensive B&B’s. In the past, thousands of tourist flocked to Kerry every year to bask the delights offered by the county known as the Kingdom. However, the usual influx of tourists has been on the wane of late, leaving the Kerry hospitality industry desperate to come up with new and innovative ways of attracting tourists back to the Kingdom of Kerry.

Have a closer look


Hore Riding

Doubts about Quality of Life Survey

Monday, April 10th, 2006

In a recent studycarried out by some nerdy types in some lab somewhere (probably in Geneva), Dublin was placed 24th best city out of 216 cities in the world to live, in terms of overall quality of living! That’s down two places from 2005. One can only presume that the nerdy types carrying out the survey neglected to include factors such as traffic, cost of living, Azlan, Gerry Ryan, crime and weather in their tabulations.

The omission of Cork city from the list of also brings the veracity of the survey into question. Having carried out some fag-box calculations here at Ach go háirithe we have found that Dublin isn’t even the top rated city in Ireland in terms of quality of living. That honour of course goes to Cork City, with Galway and Belfast some way behind in second and third respectively. Dublin, by our calculations, comes in a poor 7th after Tuam and Limerick.

Some of the factors which rocked Cork to the top of our best cities in Ireland to live in list include the new Ballincollig bypass, John Spillane, the completion of restoration works at the Courthouse, City winning the league, hurlers going for a three in a row, Sonia declaring for the Aussies, County Hall face lift, Eddie Hobbs, lennox’s… the list goes on.

It has to be stressed that it wasn’t all good news for Cork. In documents exclusively acquired by Ach go háirithe, we can also reveal that the Mid-Cork town of Macroom dropped 2 places to 306,000th in the best towns in the word to live in list. It now finds itself behind the town of Atqasuk (Alaska) and Ameriyat al-Fallujah (Iraq). Macroom is of course famous the world over for having the second lowest ever rating on the international happiness index, with only Berlin coming in behind them with a score of -399, recorded during the December bombings of 1941. Macroom’s low score of -398 was recorded on the 04/01/1989 and is attributed to it being wet and a Tuesday.

Friday Caption Comp #3

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Friday Caption #3

It’s Friday.
You know the Drill.
Click on the image for full size.

Pub Spy Leader Board

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

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The Pub Spy Leader Board is now up and running HERE

You can read reviews, add reviews, add pubs and vote for pubs.

The latest Pub to be added is The Old Royal Oak in Kilmainham and its going to be a hard one to beat. Ach go háirithe review on the The Royal Oak to come but in the mean time check out the review on In Fact Ah.

Location

2 Good – 2 Bad

Monday, April 3rd, 2006

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It was a weekend of highs and lows in terms of sporting occasions for me this weekend.

The low being what can only be described as a mind numbing, coma educing evening out in Belfield, watching a dour Eircom League match between UCD and Cork City. It finished nil all.

UDC 0 – 0 Cork City
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The high was a hard fought “Homeâ€? Heineken Cup quarter final in Lansdowne Road in which Munster came out victorious.

Munster 19 – 10 Perpignan
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Réamhaisnéis Sport Leader Board

Monday, April 3rd, 2006

Tareis seachtain amhain

An Púca : Iomlán: 26 Cluiche (10 Mí-cheart, 16 Ceart, 0 Ar Ceall)

El Ultimo: Iomlán: 26 Cluiche (12 Mí-cheart, 14 Ceart, 0 Ar Ceall)

Eoin: Iomlán: 26 Cluiche (14 Mí-cheart, 12 Ceart, 0 Ar Ceall)

Torthaí Réamhaisnéis na deire seachtaine #2

Monday, April 3rd, 2006

NFL: 1 Cluiche (1 Mí-cheart, 0 Ceart, 0 Ar Ceall)

NHL: 13 Cluiche (5 Mí-cheart, 8 Ceart, 0 Ar Ceall)

EIRCOM: 3 Cluiche (2 Mí-cheart, 1 Ceart, 0 Ar Ceall)

PREM: 9 Cluiche (6 Mí-cheart, 3 Ceart, 0 Ar Ceall)
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Iomlán: 26 Cluiche (14 Mí-cheart, 12 Ceart, 0 Ar Ceall)

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#1: 40 Cluiche (15 Mí-cheart, 23 Ceart, 2 Ar Ceall)
#2: 26 Cluiche (14 Mí-cheart, 12 Ceart, 0 Ar Ceall)
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Iomlán: 66 Cluiche (29 Mí-cheart, 35 Ceart, 2 Ar Ceall)

McDonald’s Public House

Saturday, April 1st, 2006

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Recently while I was on holidays I had spent the morning and most of the afternoon drinking in a small pub when things got a little bit busy and I said I would move on to greener pastures.

Big Mistake, or should I say big Macstake, I went into the nearest pub and was shocked to see what passes as a local house these days.

The welcome, atrocious, the barmaid/serving wench stood at the till and waited for me to come to her, not a bar stool in sight. The décor, bright and garish, plastic plants a plenty and advertising for some sort of fast food chain all over the walls. The clientele, it is ridiculous the age to which they will serve drink these days, there were literally more children in the place than adults, I kid you not.

The drink, no sign of a draught beer anywhere (probably cutting costs) and when I asked for a bottle of stout, she refused, I asked for a small Powers, she refused. At this stage I became a little irate and rather than attempt to deal with my complaints she offered me food or a coffee! I mean did she think I was drunk or something, it was 4.30 in the afternoon and I had only been in the pub since 10.15. I turned on my heal and walked out at and was disgusted to notice that they only served drink (when you could get it from the idiotic waiting staff) in paper cups. I can tell you that’s the last time I’ll darken McDonald’s door again and that’s for sure.

All in all id give it 13 thumbs down!
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Review by Peutric Mcflesh

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The Public House in question