Archive for August, 2006

Coming to a Supermarket near you

Thursday, August 31st, 2006


‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Myers’ coming to a Supermarket near you.

Copper Face Jacks

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Copper Face Jacks

Ach go háirithe has been made aware that the owners of ‘Copper Face Jacks’, a Harcourt Street nightclub, have lodged an application with Dublin City Council to have the ‘Copper’ and ‘Face’ in their name changed to ‘Glass’ and ‘Jaw’ respectively. It was originally planned to also change the ‘Jacks’ in ‘Copper Face Jacks’ to ‘Vaughans’ but this was later scrapped as the owners felt it might confuse the majority of their regular patrons.

In a totally unrelated matter, bar the fact that both establishments are located on Harcourt Street, ‘The Bleeding Horse’ pub has also lodged an application to change the ‘Horse’ in their name to ‘Ass’ thus in keeping with their new gay-friendly policy.

The Rasterbator

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

The Rasterbator
[A life size Joe Deane poster made using The Rasterbator]

Was sent a link to this handy little app not so long ago. The Rasterbator is a web service which creates huge, rasterized images from any picture. The rasterized images can be printed and assembled into extremely cool looking posters up to 20 meters in size. You can download the The Rasterbator app or rasterized you image online. Also have a look at the gallery to see how people have used this app to create some pretty nifty wall-art.

The Rasterbator

Radiohead, Marley Park Dublin (August 2006)

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

More videos of that gig and others can be found here

TSOBC versus The Man #1

Friday, August 25th, 2006

In a new, hopefully regular, slot on achgohairithe called ‘TSOBC versus The Man’ we trace one mans never ending quest to stick it to ‘The Man’!

We catch up with our intrepid insurrectionist after a night out at a concert.

Going to concerts can be a tricky business as ‘The Man’ is always out in force sticking it to you wherever and whenever possible. But, last nights outing left only one of us smarting and it wasn’t me.

It was looking bad for a while when we had to dole out to for a taxi firstly to get us there and pay €5 a pop for shitty beer thereafter upon entry. But, the final and fatal shot was dispatched by me when we used one genuine bus ticket (€6) and one used train ticket (Dublin to Millstreet return) to gain access to the bus for both of us back into town, thus avoiding the horrendous queue and the ‘hefty’ €6 cost of another ticket……… The Slippery Orange Ballcock 1 – 0 Dublin Bus.

The Slippery Orange Ballcock

The concert outing leaves the score at ( TSOBC 1 – 0 The Man ).

TSOBC’s righteous quest goes on.

Friday Caption Comp #19

Friday, August 25th, 2006

Friday Caption #19

No hangover today even after going to Radiohead last night (will post a few vids later)….but enough of that, down to business and the FCC. Post your captions by using the comment function below.

Back in Business

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

Back from what has to said was a bloody good holiday. 4 days in Rome followed by 6 days down the Amalfi coast. The friends wedding in Positano/Sorent which was the chief reason for travelling was top notch.

Vacation baby!

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

Vacation baby!
I’m off on vacation for the next week to ten days so expect it to be very quiet around here for the next while…well quieter than usual anyway.

I might post a few pics from sunny Italy but don’t bet on it.

Billo is watching
And remember folks Billo is watching so no shenanigans while I’m away

Friday Caption Comp #18

Friday, August 4th, 2006

Friday Caption #18

It doesn’t really feel like Friday today because im not hungover!! Anyway here is this weeks FCC. Leave a caption, witty or otherwise, using the comment function below.

Talks of a FCC leader board, keep an eye out…its on the way…soon

The Top Of Coom (Barr an Chuma)

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

There’s been a lot of aul talk lately about the highest pub in Ireland, is it ‘Barr an Chuma/The Top of Coom’ or ‘Johnnie Fox’s’ or is it that God forbidden place in county Wicklow? Well the definitive answer while not yet established, is on the way and as a prelude to that I decided to write a review on my Local, the highest pub in Ireland elect, ‘Barr an Chuma/The Top of Coom’.

Top Of Coom

‘Barr an Chuma/The Top of Coom’ is situated on the wrong side of the Cork Kerry border and has long been a haunt of musicians, singers, drinkers, hill walkers, spoofers, poets, sheep farmers, and bikers to name but a few. In the past it boasted a steady tourist trade from all over Ireland and abroad, with many famous visitors staying upstairs in the B&B of Creedons’ Top of Coom including Martin Sheen’s second cousin, the guy who played Arthur Daly on Minder and Daniel Day Lewis’s mother in law. While the foreign tourist trade may not be as brisk as in previous years local trade along with tourists trade from the rest of the country is as strong as ever.

The Top of Coom is a family run pub and is situated on a working farm, so don’t be surprised if you have to press a bell for attention (during the day anyway) and be patient for a moment or two before getting the full attention of the good people of the house as cows may need to be brought in or sheep may need rounding up.

The establishment itself contains a bar, a lounge and a pool room. You will find NO television, wide-screen or otherwise, in the Top of Coom. The radio only gets switched on if the Kerry footballers are playing and on occasion if Cork are playing depending on who’s in the bar, and even then the reception is shocking (on the radio), due to the altitude no doubt.

Top Of Coom
Murphy’s stout lorry snakes its way up to the Top of Coom

The bar stocks all the usual beverages for this part of the country but supplies of Murphy’s have been known to run low on occasion due to high levels of consumption and the sporadic nature of keg deliveries. Known to the locals as ‘El Camino de la Muerte’ or Cúm na nÉag, the approach road from the Cork side up to the Top of Coom is treacherous at best. Extreme drop-offs, loose rocks and a poor road surface makes every trip to the Top of Coom an adventure, but the reward at the summit is well worth the risk. It’s also advisable not to spend too much time outside your vehicle or outside the pub once in county Kerry itself. Many of the native animals (of both biped and quadruped variety) find outsiders amusing and stand in bewilderment at visitors dismounting their various forms of transport before entering this unique and historic public house.

Top Of Coom

I could go into the usual pub review spiel about the price of the pint (cheap as it happens) and the toiled facilities etc, but this is much more than a pub, it’s an institution. An institution that if you’re lucky enough to be attending on the right night you will never forget. It oozes character, and that’s just the clientele.

Big nights in the Top include early August (Kilgarvan Show), late July (Sheep Shearing Competition), Christmas and New Year.

PubSpy Rating 13 thumbs up out of 13