Archive for May, 2006

Cath Chéim an Fhia #2

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Cath Chéim an Fhia

I’ve been getting a good few referrals from people searching ‘Cath Chéim an Fhia’. So here is another account by Tadhg Ó Suibhne on the events that later became knows as Cath Chéim an Fhia (the Battle of Keimaneigh), 1822.

Cath Chéim an Fhiaidh (Scéal John Smith)
le Tadhg Ó Suibhne

Um an dtaca seo is dócha go bhfuil gach éinne tar éis an cloch mór a fheiscint thuas ag barr an Chéama, an cloch leis an dá leac air. Tá pictiúir de i dteannta an ailt seo. Tá sé scríofa ar an leac seo gur maraíodh triúr des na Buachaillí Bána agus saighdiúir amháin. John smith ab ainm don saighdiúir seo agus bhí scéal ana shuimiúil ag baint leis. Chun an scéal a thuiscint i gceart níor mhiste cur síos ar cé a bhí páirteach ann. Is dócha go raibh aithne ag gach éinne ar Shéamus Walsh ó Túirín Dubh, bhuel Ritchie ab ainm d’athair Shéamuis, agus Séamus Mór ab ainm do shean-athair Ritchie.

Bhí Séamus Mór mar chaptaoin nó mar cheannaire de shaghas éigin ar na Buachaillí Bána áitiúla agus bhí easpa arm agus amuinisiúin orthu. Do mheasadar an cheist sin a réiteach le cuaird a thabhairt ar thig Thighearna Beanntraí agus airm agus rl. a thógaint “saor in aisce” mar a déarfá. Do dheineadar san agus d’éirigh maith go leor leo, ach bhí eagla orthu go mbeadh tuairim ag múintir Bheanntraí gur anseo go Béal Ã?tha’n Ghaorthaidh a thiocfadh na h-airm. Mar sin do shocraíodar le Buachaillí Bána Bheanntraí dá bhfeicidís na saighdiúirí ag fágaint Beanntraí go raghadh an duine ba ghiorra don tsráid in áirde ar chnocán agus go ligfeadh sé liú as. Ansan dhéanfadh an Buachaill Bán ba ghiorra dó san an rud céanna ar a chnocán féin, agus mar sin leo go dtí go shroichfeadh an liú Uibh Laoghaire. Nós an scéil do leanadar leis an liú go dtí gur shroich sé Carraig an Ime. B’shin é “an liú gur leath i bhfad i gcéin” atá san amhrán..

Do shroich na saighdiúirí an dúthaigh seo i bhfad níos tapúla ná mar a cheap na Buachaillí Bána a thoicfaidís mar do bhíodar ar muin capaill agus dheineadar díreach fé dhéin tigh Cheallacháin thuas i gCloch Bharrach. Bhí sé beartaithe acu an tigh a dhó agus fear an tighe a losgadh ina bheathaidh. Do theip san orthu mar bhí na Buachaillí Bána ag bailiú le chéile taobh thuas díobh, timpeall Túirín na nÉan agus mar sin siar agus bhí eagla ar na saighdiúirí dul níos sia soir. Do dhruideadar siar i dtreo an Chéama agus bhí an dá dream ag caitheamh le na chéile fan na h-aimsire. Bhí scáth na gclathach ag na Buachaillí Bána agus dá bhrí san ní raibh ag éirí go maith leis na saighdiúirí. Fé dheire d’fhág duine des na saighdiúirí a cháirde agus mheas sé go bhféadfadh sé teacht aniar aduaidh ar na Buachaillí Bána. Níor éirigh leis áfach, mar bhí Séamus Mór Breathnach ag feitheamh leis, agus bhí coimhlint cruaidh eatarthu. I ndeire na dála do mhairbh Séamus an saighdiúir – b’shin é John Smith.

Níor fhan na saighdiúirí eile i bhfad timpeall na háite ina dhiaidh san, d’imíodar leo thar nais go Beanntraí. Le titim na hoíche do bhailigh na Buachaillí Bána le chéile agus do chuireadar Smith i bpoll portaigh taobh thiar den Túirín Dubh, ar an dtaobh theas den bóthar. Sin é an chúis go dtugtar Droichidín Smith ar an ndroichead beag atá thiar ansan fé láthair.

Bhí buachaill aimsire ó thigh na mBúrcach ag faire ar na Buachaillí Bána nuair a chuireadar Smith sa phort agus bhí eagla orthu go ndéanfadh sé spiarracht orthu. Mar sin do thánadar le chéile oíche eile chun an corp a aistriú go dtí áit éigin eile. Bhí an oíche ana dhorcha agus theip glan orthu an poll ceart a aimsiú. Fé dheire chaitheadar dul siar go tigh na mBuarcach agus an garsún a thógaint as a leaba. Fuair an garsún an áit ceart gan aon trioblóid in aon chor. Do thógadar leo an corp ó thuaidh trasna an chnoic go dtí Muing na Biorraí. Do bhaineadar a chuid éadaigh go léir de agus chuireadar lom nocht isteach i bpoll portaigh é tar éis súgán a cheangal dá mhuinéal agus cloch ar an súgán chun an corp a choiméad ag tón poill Ach do réir deabhraimh d’ith na heascúin an súgán agus do phreab an corp go barr an uisce i gceann cúpla lá. Duine des na Buachaillí Bána ó Ghort a’Phludaigh a chabhraigh le Séamus Mór chun an corp a chur sa pholl a fuair amach go raibh an corp tagtha go barr uisce. Is amhlaidh a bhí garsún óg aige chun aire a thabhairt dos na ba agus bhíodh gabhar bán leis na ba i gcónaí. Tráthnóna amháin níor tháinig an gabhar abhaile, agus chuaigh an garsún á lorg. Chonaic sé an corp bán sa pholl portaigh agus cheap sé gurbh é an gabhar é agus d’inis sé do fhear an tighe é. Thuig sé sin go maith gurbh é corp an tsaighdiúra a bhí sa pholl.
D’éirigh sé le breacadh an lae agus bhí beartaithe aige dul go dtí an muing chun an corp a chur fé uisce, i dtreo is ná éireodh sé go brách arís, ach is amhlaidh a bhí an clós lán de shaighdiúirí.

Bhí an spiaire tar éis a chuid droch oibre a dhéanamh go héifeachtach. Tadhg Bréidí ab ainm don spiaire seo agus bhí sé pósta le h-iníon Máire Bhuidhe Ní Laoghaire, dhein sé teangmháil leis an mBarrach Mór i gCill Barra, agus thug an Barrach mála cruithneachtan dó mar bhreib i dtaobh a chuid scéalaíochta. Pé scéal é bhí an t-eolas go léir ag na saighdiúirí agus nuair a tháinig an Barrach Mór féin lá ar na mhárach, ní bheadh sé sásta éinne eile a fháil chun an corp a thógaint as a’ bpoll ach na Búrcaigh, beirt clainne le Máire Bhuidhe. Bhí cómhra acu, ach do chaith mná na h-áite bairlíní a thabhairt dóibh. Do thógadar John Smith leo agus do chuireadar thoir i reilg Inse Geimhleach é agus tá sé ann fós D’éalaigh Séamus Mór go Sasana agus bhí sé ar a theithe ar feadh blianta fada ach sin scéal eile ar fad.

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The Ballingeary Historical Society and the Bantry Historical Society erected a Monument in 1998 commemorating those who died at and after the Battle of Keimaneigh.
Below is an account of how and why they went about this.

The Battle of Keimaneigh Monument. 1998

Anyone passing through the Pass of Keimaneigh between Ballingeary and Kealkil recently will have noticed the new Monument. As you travel West towards Kealkil it stands beside the road in a small cutting to your left as you approach the top of the hill.

This Monument is the joint effort of the Ballingeary Historical Society and the Bantry Historical Society, and the members of both Organisations have been working for several years to bring it to fruition. (more…)

Cork Vs Clare

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Cork Vs Clare

This weekend sees the Cork hurlers take their first step on a road which could lead them to an historic three-in-a-row. Cork have achieved the three-in-a-row on three previous occasions (1892-94, 1941-43, 1952-54 & 1976-78). The great Cork team of the forties also has the honour of being the only team in GAA history to win four consecutive hurling All-Irelands (1941-44).

Talks of a three-in-a-row may well be a bit premature, especially when there is the small matter of Clare to contend with this Sunday. Clare are sure to be out for blood after the narrow defeat inflicted upon them by Cork in last years All-Ireland semi-final.

While Cork have had the upper hand in their recent meetings, this could be Clare’s fourth successive championship defeat at the hands of Cork, we need only remember back to the mid nineties when Clare ruled the roost in Munster and who can forget the joy we took in knocking them off their perch in 99. Clare will be hoping to do the same.

The Cork 15 is the same 15 that started the All-Ireland final last year with a few positional changes being the only difference. Don’t be surprised if you see Neil Ronan start in place of Ben.

The Cork starting 15 is as follows:

CORK (SH v Clare): D Og Cusack; P Mulcahy, D O’Sullivan, B Murphy; J Gardiner, R Curran, S Og O hAilpin; J O’Connor, T Kenny; T McCarthy, N McCarthy, B O’Connor; K Murphy, B Corcoran, J Deane.

Semple Stadium
See you in Semple!

Friday Caption Comp #8

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Friday Caption #8

Breaking with tradition this week JOHNNY and going with a none Arab/Muslim caption competition picture.

Leave your captions by clicking the comments link below.

Priceless!

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Munster Jersey: 75 euro
Flights to Cardiff: 400 euro
Accomodation: 150 euro
Tickets to the European Cup final: 75 euro
Six pack of cans: 8 euro

Having a camera as your mate throws the lips on Mary Harney:

Absolutely F**kin’ Priceless!

Priceless

The Highest Pub In Ireland

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Top Of Coom

Well People, we have long known that out beloved Top Of Coom is and shall ever be the highest pub in Ireland (Bar some major shift in the tectonic plates). To this end I wrote to Johnnie Fox’s Pub who claim falsely that they are the highest pub in Ireland. Below is the initial email I sent them, I go by the name of Susanne Boswell.

“To Whom It May Concern,

I was recently watching TV, RTE1 I think it was when I saw an ad for Johnnie Fox’s Pub. Imagine my surprise when at the end of the ad I heard clear as day “Come to Johnnie Fox’s Pub, the highest pub in Irelandâ€?!

I cannot believe you are still selling yourself, falsely, as the highest pub in Ireland! It has been proven that you are in fact the second highest pub in Ireland, after Top Of Coom in Kerry, FACT! Do you dispute this fact?

I felt compelled to contact the Broadcasting Complaints Commission and inform them of this blatant false advertising, but I said id contact yourselves first and give you a chance to change the ad or at least explain yourselves. I’m sure changing the ad and all advertising with ‘the highest pub in Ireland’ on it to ‘the second highest pub in Ireland’ might be costly and awkward but the truth is the truth and the truth hurts.

I look forward to your reply,
Yours truly,
Susanne Boswell “

The reply I got was extensive and courteous, and it is clear that Johnnie Fox’s full public relations machine was swung into place to stop me in my tracks.

Johnnie Fox's Pub
This was their response:

“Dear Susanne

Thank you for your email question in reference to our advertising campaigns and in specific to our television campaign.
This question has arisen before and was officially investigated in full by the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland on the 27th January 2003 by their Chief Executive Mr. Edward McCumiskey when we originally launched our television campaign.
Their report stated that we must conform to the requirements of the Code of Advertising Standards and the Code of Sales Promotion Practice which concluded by stating that we had not breached either of these codes or standards therein with our choice of wording used in our television campaigns.

Also our advertising campaigns which are seen in print & television as well as being heard on radio throughout Ireland, the United Kingdom and Europe have each been backed and permitted after being checked thoroughly by each advertising agency or company as they must also conform to legislation.

Susanne above is the official response but please do read on for a more informal response from myself.

The public houses which lay claim to the fame of height are as follows:

Top of Coom
“Highest Pub in Ireland”
Music Sessions on Thur. Nights
Tel. 064-85373

Roundwood Inn
“Highest Pub & the Highest Village in Ireland”
Roundwood
Co.Wicklow
Tel: +353 (0)1 281 8107

The Ponderosa Bar
“Highest Pub in all Ireland”
974 Glenshane Road
Dungiven
Co Derry

Johnnie Fox’s Pub
“The Highest Pub In Ireland”
Glencullen
Co Dublin
Tel: +353 1 2955647

As you can see it is not just one pub making the famous claim, for example the pub in Roundwood lays the claim by default as it is situated in the highest village in Ireland and this is allowed to be claimed in advertising as it is the highest village and they are the highest pub in that village thereby in advertising acceptance by association. Equally the Ponderosa claims height due to their being the highest in Northern Ireland, again this is permitted in their advertising to make the claim. So as you can see fact does not always come in to play within advertising, (for another example, Guinness may state they are the best stout in Ireland” but one would assume that this is a matter of opinion and could not be proven, advertising allows this assumption, equally the “Oldest Pub in Ireland” has many laying claim there also) in fact when I last spoke on live radio with each owner of each of these four venues on a national radio show (which hosted the exact same debate but felt that each pub should give its perspective live on air whilst the other pubs listened in) it was agreed that all laid claim and all did so knowing of the existence of the others claims but no one minded or pursued anything individually in this matter as all agreed that at the end of the day it was all good for business all round, all agreed that it was always a good talking point and sure if we were not all claiming then we would not have ended up on the radio show.

Generally there is a good banter between all on the matter and all that matters to the businesses and the likes of Bord Failte and Dublin Tourism, Tourism Ireland, etc., is that the people frequenting or visiting only once to each venue get what they perceive as being top service and quality and a feeling of traditionalism throughout, I can say with certainty that our customers come here for the overall package, our tradition, our value, our location, our views, our live entertainment, our unique menu, our excellent service, our gold medals and awards of recognition for culinary achievements and so forth, they come for the famous museum like interior, they come for the happy smoking bus, the authentic paraphernalia etc., they come because local Irish people tell each other and guests to come here, not due to our advertising campaigns alone but due to our reputation Susanne.

As for actual heights Susanne, I can be very honest and say that I do not have the facts on the heights of the four individual pubs (of course I do have my own heights) laying the claim nor would I pursue the claims made by any other but if you do get the actual factual heights I would love to see them and where they came from as I am always open to information. As you stated in your letter, that we are the second highest pub in Ireland, and you stated this was fact, I would not be so rude as to presume to argue with you, I would rather say that I do not have your facts or your origin of facts, but, that all aside I would not argue with the public houses in third or fourth place laying claim either, as I said it is all in good taste, good spirit and it is also “permitted in Irish law” by governing bodies over advertising such as ASAI.

If I can be of any further assistance Susanne please do not hesitate in contacting me directly on this or in fact any other matter and I will do my level best to accommodate. I will be away on leave from Thursday evening 24th May until Thursday week.

Kindest regards

Fred Rainert
Business & Marketing Manager
Johnnie Fox’s Pub
Glencullen
Dublin Mountains
Ireland�

This isn’t over Mr Fox!! Not by a long shot.

Broken Social Scene @ Vicar St (May 2006)

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

Though we did not reach the same dizzy euphoric heights, reached at their last gig in town, we damn near came close and that’s good enough for me. The crowd wasn’t into it as much and the band seemed a bit slow to start (probably thanks to a heavy night in Galway the night before) but the Vicar St. gig is right up there with their TBMC gig as one of the best gigs, for me, so far this year.

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Broken Social Scene, Live @ Vicar St, Dublin (May 2006)

More videos of the gig can be found here(5 in total)

Go on Bull

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

It’s all been said really.
It’s a known fact that you should never take on a Bull in his own field, The Bull and Munster OWNED the Millennium Stadium pitch and Cardiff on Saturday. What a day.

Go on Bull
Tis your field…
Allez les Rouges.
Up the Munster Republic

Free money

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Innovative little Free Money competition bring run over on
Ambrand Dot Com.

All I have to do is linkto his post and I’m in with a chance.

Doubt you Dave Biy.

Dog Found!

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006

Dog Found

Saw this flyer pinned to a wall of a Chinese restaurant up around Harcourt St here in Dublin.

Dog Found
Tasted Like Chicken!!

Me and You and Everyone We Know

Monday, May 15th, 2006

Me and You and Everyone We Know

It’s people seen from above.

From the sky.

See, these are people walking.

That’s a person lying down.

And that’s a person standing up
next to a person lying down.

This is me…

and you…

and everyone we know.

—————————————–
Me and You and Everyone We Know
Me and You and Everyone We Know – Script

Street Art #1 (Interesting Directions)

Monday, May 15th, 2006

Street Art #1
Camden Street, Dublin.

Friday Caption Comp #7

Friday, May 12th, 2006

Friday Caption #7

Another week over…and with Friday comes the Friday Caption Competition. You can leave your caption by clicking on the comments link just below this post.

Sir Henrys – 120bpm

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

UPDATE:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzo42oScRfY&search=120bpm
“Hi thanks for your interest, yes there is more, this is just a teaser for an hour long documentary on the club. We’re cutting the film at the moment and we hope to have it finished in a few months.

Best Regards
Keith”

Looks like Sir Henrys The Movie (Sir Henrys – 120bpm) is well on its way to completion. Word is that postproduction is going well but no word yet as to a possible release date.

Check out the preview below…

World Airport Forum

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006

When looking for information on Ryanair’s Rome destination (Ciampino Airport), I stumbled across a bloody good resource for no nonsense Airport Information. World Airport Forum

The forum is a fantastic resource for tips and advice on hundreds of airports, all submitted by fellow travellers. You can also submit your own airport experiences and tips.

For example I know now not to bother booking the bus service into Rome city centre pushed by Ryanair, I can get a local bus (much cheaper) to the nearest underground station and make my way in from there. It’s not a biggy, but knowing these little things makes travelling that little bit easier.

Surf Munich

Monday, May 8th, 2006

I had a poston this not so long ago but found this vidon YouTube today. Its pretty cool.

Im getting to like YouTubemore and more every day!!

Another vid herebut with outrageously gay backing music.

Video Dump

Saturday, May 6th, 2006

Here is a link dump of the latest videos ive uploaded to my YouTube.
Godskitchen, Global Gathering, Millstreet, Cork 2005
Wolfe Parade, The Village, Dublin (November 2005)
The Prodigy, Cork (November 2005)
Faithless, Dublin Castle (May 2005)
Royksopp, The Ambassador, Dublin (October 2005)

Christian Cullen

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Munster v Ospreys (Celtic League)

Tonight sees Munster take on the Ospreys in this the business end of the Celtic League. The match take on added importance with the injury prone Christian Cullen named on the starting line up. Christian might not have had the best of times since joining Munster but his class has never been in doubt and lets hope he comes through tonight’s match unscathed.

Full line-up:
Munster: S Payne; A Horgan, C Cullen, T Halstead, M Lawlor; R O’Gara, M Prendergast; E McGovern, D Fogarty, J Hayes; M O’Driscoll, P O’Connell; S Kegh, D Leamy, A Foley capt.

Replacements: T Ryan, D Varley, D O’Callaghan, J O’Sullivan, A Quinlan, T O’Leary, G Connolly.

For anyone who has their doubts or has forgotten why singing Cullen was such a big deal, have a look at this…

Friday Caption Comp #6

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Friday Caption #6
Thank GAWD its Friday……..and with Friday comes the caption competition.

Have a bash at this one.

Union or Laško?

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006

Not since the McCarthy/Keano debacle has such a debate raged and have we seen such a people divided.

It may very well turn out to be one of the great unanswered questions of our time but we here at AGH will attempt to at least shed some light on the whole which is the better beer question, Union or Laško?

Before we attempt to answer this question we must first identify the LaÅ¡ko drinkers and the Union drinkers. LaÅ¡ko is traditionally the drink of the bourgeoisie while Union has a more traditional feel and is closer to the heart of the people. Union beer evokes solidarity with the popular working man’s struggle against the elite and it is no mistake that Union branding and packaging is predominately red. One wouldn’t feel out of place in Global or AS with a LaÅ¡ko in your hand, where as a Union drinker would feel much more at home in the Bachus.

Slovenia is pretty much divided on the issue also and even with the recent buy out of Union by the soulless corporate monster that is LaÅ¡ko, the debate rages on, as one barman told us “LaÅ¡ko!! LaÅ¡ko is piss….you dink Union and you piss out LaÅ¡ko…ha ha haâ€?.

UnionORLasko

So, are you a Union man or a Laško ponce?