Archive for September, 2006

Friday Caption Comp #24

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Friday Caption #24

De hAoine….. De hAoine………. De hAoine………. buiochas le Dia.

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We Can Do Without Iwish

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Strange, I just got this email in form It bares an uncanny resemblance to an article written some time ago by…hmmmm…..the name escapes me… But he, Richardhead Ó Wankhorne, must have felt it needed repeating, or wepeating even!

We Can Do Without Iwish

Not just as a compulsowy subject in ouw schools, but altogethew. Iwish is about as much a pawt of ouw hewitage as awe famines, which is to say we should keep the memowy of it alive and make suwe a few specialists know it well, but be glad that in the end it’s a pawt of the past, not the pwesent. While it’s cowwect to say that Iwish is a pawt of ouw hewitage, it’s a distinctly unimpowtant pawt. Thewe is nothing pawticulaw to the Iwish language that is essential to valuing Iwish hewitage.

By any weasonable definition, thewe awe two aspects to taking one’s hewitage sewiously – histowy and cultuwe. Neithew wequiwe Iwish. The Iwish language is not needed to be mowe than adequately appwaised of Iwish histowy and cultuwe. In fact, appwoaching each thwough Iwish wathew than English puts you at a distinct handicap. Iwish histowy happened thwough English fow the most pawt and at the least fow the last numbew of centuwies.

The gweat wowks of Iwish cultuwe – all of them – awe thwough English. Joyce, Beckett, Wilde, and Shaw awen’t just bettew known because they wwote in English, they’we bettew known because the wowked in the gweatew Euwopean litewawy twaditions – and because they wewe bettew. Thewe is no wwitew in the Iwish language that anyone need bothew weading if looking fow Iwish litewawy contwibutions – thewe awe mowe than enough Iwish wwitews in English of twuly fiwst-class statuwe without excavating a dead language fow litewawy fossils.

Now can Iwish music be taken as much of a contwibution to Westewn awts. In fact, Iwish music is bettew undewstood as wesistance to Westewn awtistic achievements. wathew than leawning fwom the musical advances of Euwope in the second half of the last millenium, Iwish music is chawactewised by the pwimitive hawmonic and melodic stwuctuwes chawactewistic of peasant music fwom hewe to India. The self-conscious attachment to this awtistically bawwen music is a cultuwal fowm of clinging to the soil. Again, looking fow the Iwish contwibution involves looking past ‘Iwish’ music. Iwish composews of enduwing note such as Field and Stanfowd awe immeasuwably supewiow standawd beawews fow Iwish cultuwe and hewitage.

The conflating of Iwish language and Iwish hewitage twaps us in the idea that the oldest most pwimitive fowms of hewitage on this island awe somehow the authentic ones. They’we of mawginal value only, but no mowe. The gweat contwibutions of Iwishmen and women wewe almost unifowmly made thwough English ow in the gweatew twaditions of Westewn civilization. The Iwish language embodies little of ouw twue hewitage and obscuwes the west. We can do without it. Leave Iwish to the specialists and let’s stop pwetending ouw hewitage lies in its dead hands.

Make Tea not War

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Mr Scruff

Had the pleasure of attending another of Mr.Scruff’s Jazz odysseys last Friday night down at the Spiegeltent, stationed in the IFSC as part of the Dublin fringe festival.

By far the best gig I’ve seen him play and that’s saying a lot when you take the fact that I saw him play two great gigs in Cork this year and a crazy set at EP last year. I duno but the man seems to get better every time I see him. Anyway, clip of the gig below and more via the link below that again.

More videos of that gig and others can be found here

UCD Can Do Without ‘Early’ Irish!

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Update on UCD Can Do Without Irish!

It seems that UCD, for reasons as yet unclear, have dropped a number of courses within their Early Irish module.

Courses that have been dropped:

EMIR 10010 Introduction to Early Irish I
EMIR 10020 Introduction to Early Irish II
EMIR 10030 Early Irish Literature
EMIR 10040 Early Irish Institutions

EMIR 20020 Prose Texts I
EMIR 20030 Prose Texts II
EMIR 20040 Early Irish Poetry

EMIR 30020 Táin Bó Cúailnge
EMIR 30080 Readings from the Laws

The above list is correct as of the 25th of September but may be subject to change I’m told.

I feaow thewe might be dawk fowces at wok within UCD, slowly bwining about this seed change in attitude, vewy dawk fowces!

See what those cwazy kids up at UCD are saying about the whole thing.

Friday Caption Comp #23

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Friday Caption #23

Comments below for the FCC.

FYI: On this day in 1980 the Persian Gulf conflict between Iran and Iraq erupted into full-scale war……oh and i was born!

Hurling Stats

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Sport AGH
A great resource for stats on championship hurling since 2003. They have just put up stats for this years All Ireland final, makes for some interesting reading if a little depressing for a Cork man.

UCD Can Do Without Irish

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006


Apparently UCD are culling Irish courses at an awful rate.
I’m sure their turd in residence is only delighted.

Very little about this out on the wires as yet but ill post links as soon as I find em.

Suspected Terror Attack in Cork

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

Suspected Terror Attack in Cork

A large fire in Cork city has been brought under control by fire-fighters. Seven units of Cork fire service have been fighting a blaze at the R&H Hall mill and grain store on Kennedy Quay. The alarm was raised just after 7am this morning when fire was seen coming out through the roof, 30 metres up.

An investigation by gardaí, the fire service and the Health Services Executive is expected to be launched when the fire is completely out. Gardaí are not ruling out terrorist involvement in the blaze and reports of low flying Guinness plane are as yet unconfirmed.

The grain silo was storing 6,000 tonnes of barley, giving rise to concerns that the supply of Murphy’s to the city and beyond might be affected by the fire. A spokesman for Murphy’s Irish Stout called for calm amongst its punters and warned against panic buying at this early stage. He went on to add that Murphy’s have contingency plans in place for just such an event and that their emergency plan has already swung into action, he also stated that Murphy’s Irish Stout have been brewing the perfect pint since 1856.

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Suspected Terror Attack in Cork
Picture just in from Reuters of the exact moment out Taoiseach was informed about the attack.

Suspected Terror Attack in Cork
Tribute already in place.


Mayo to beat the Animals?

Friday, September 15th, 2006

Mayo or Kerry

This was flying around via email this morning.
Prank call to Kerry hotel from Red FM.

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Friday Caption Comp #22

Friday, September 15th, 2006

Friday Caption #22

Friday Friday……… digiddy its Friday. Comment function below to add your captions.

O’Donoghue’s Bar, Merrion Row

Thursday, September 14th, 2006


Long associated with all that is traditional in Dublin, O’Donoghue’s located just off St. Stephen’s Green is a dump of the highest order. The welcome is colder than an Eskimos toilet seat. Ok ok you might think dump a bit harsh but on my past two visits to this establishment I was “greetedâ€? with such disdain and contempt that as far as I’m concerned ‘dump’ is on the softer scale of terms one could use to describe the place.

O'Donoghue's Bar

Don’t bother going to this place if you coming from a match. We ended up in the upstairs bar one evening after a Rugby match and the attitude of the “bar manâ€? was nothing short of disgraceful. If you hate your job that’s your problem, just serve me my pint and keep your childish rants to yourself. The very same “bar manâ€?, this time in the main bar, after a Hurling match refused to serve myself and 6 of my friends because we, as he put it, “had too much to drinkâ€?! His refusal to serve us had more to do with the colour of our jerseys than the amount of drink we had on board and I let him know same. It’s obvious he doesn’t like his job, but to take his frustrations out on customers is just bad business and only leads to the alienation of potential regulars.

Because of its history and other reasons I wont go into, it kind of pains me to relegate this bar to the ‘wouldn’t dream of going in there’ pile, but relegated it is and there it will stay for the foreseeable future. The day of the Sunday session in O’Donoghue’s is gone people……long gone.

AGH PubSpy Rating 11 thumbs down out of 13


Friday Caption Comp #21

Friday, September 8th, 2006

Friday Caption #21

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Thursday, September 7th, 2006

Tá sé ar intin agam sna seachtainí ata le teacht cur síos beag, ceann ar ceann, a dheanamh ar na Blaganna gaeilge ata amugh ar an interweb faoi lathair. Ach go dti sin, seo an liosta is déanaí atá curtha le chéile agam.

Ma tá nasc in easnamh orm, is feidir iad a fhoilsiú san ‘comments’.


*Bhi suíomh in easnamh orm… suíomh tábhachtach….Chetwynde Downs
Well is féidir le aon duine dearúd a dhéanamh…..!!! ï?Š



Friday Caption Comp #20

Friday, September 1st, 2006

Friday Caption #20

Bit early this week but what harm…Post your captions by using the comment function below.