Archive for October, 2006

Meat is Murder! Sexy Sexy Nakid Murder!

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

The ARAN (Animal Rights Action Network) brought their Meat is Murder road-show to Dublin (Henry St.) today using giant human ‘meat packages’ to both shock and engage the public. The two ‘meat packages’ contained two sexy young naked activists, with only a few dollops of statistically placed fake blood preserving their modesty.

I took a few pictures and will upload them later, but for now here is one from their recent protest in Limerick.

M is M
Pic from indymedia

Update (14.11.06): Well i found the thing that connects the thing to the other thig so here are some of the pics i took that day on my phone.

Is fada an turas é ó Fiji go Corcaigh agus ó Corcaigh go Pairc an Chrocaigh!

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Sean Og
Pic from PROC

On September 11 2005, Sean Óg Ó hAilpín captained Cork to their second All Ireland Hurling title in as many years. What followed has gone down as one of the best acceptance speeches in Cork GAA history. [youtube]Qqe72bcouPY[/youtube]
Most winning captains give a token “Tá an-áthas orm…â€? but not Sean, not Cork. Up the Rebels!

Friday Caption Comp #28

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Friday Caption #28

Friday of the bank holiday and the weather is shyte! Ah well lets hope it brightens up for whatever activity yous all have lined up.

Anyway, last weeks winner was Johnny with his caption “Following their disastrous halloween fancy dress clash it was an icy trip home on the Luas for Anto and Dec. (Especially considering that neither of them had credit)â€? for this picture. You have one week to claim your prize of one 48c stamp, simply email fcc [at] achgohairithe [dot] com.

Have a garry (go) off this weeks one and a prize of one 48c stamp awaits the best caption. Use the comment function below to add captions.

This weeks prize has been sponsored by the Irish Ham Board, Its Hammer Time! Anyone interested in sponsoring the FCC weekly prize can get in contact with us via fcc [at] achgohairithe [dot] com.

Fish Go Deep @ Stereotonic

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Saw Fish Go Deep play Rogue last Friday and as usual they didn’t disappoint. No Tracy K this time round but a storming set all the same.

Clips aint great but for more go to my youTube profile or rudoyle’s

An End To Mallow Station?

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Mallow Mallow Next Stop Kerry Junction?
Mallow Mallow Next Stop Kerry Junction!

AGH has been made aware that an application has been put forward to Iarnród Éireann by Kerry County Council inquiring as to the possibility of changing the official name of Mallow train station to Kerry Junction.

Sources inside KCC tell us that they have been getting increasingly worried about a downturn in tourist numbers travelling to Kerry via the train network. A study carried out on behalf of KCC found that tourist intending to travel to Kerry on the train often end up in Cork by mistake! The study identified the recent ramping up of the Dublin-Cork service and the downgrading of the Dublin-Kerry service as the chief cause of this downturn. The new emphasis on the Cork service means passengers travelling to Kerry have very few direct options and more often than not have to get the Cork train with a change in Mallow for all stations to Kerry.

The study went on to identify poor quality pubic address systems on trains and Limerick Junction being in Tipperary as factors which also added to the tourist confusion. One Councillor is quoted as saying “You get off at Limerick Junction for Limerick, so why not Kerry Junction for Kerry?”, and it’s hard to argue with that logic. The Councillor went on to add “if we have to go to the people we will! …and I’m 100% sure that a majority of people here in Kerry would vote for the proposed name changeâ€?.

Such a name change would not be unique in the Irish context, Tipperary Junction becoming Limerick Junction is just one example.

It is not yet clear how this matter will play out or if Iarnród Éireann will even act on the request. One thing is clear however, that the people of Mallow and the people of Cork will not be happy.

The Death of the Irish Language

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Death of the Irish Language
A Qualified Obituary by Reg Hindley.

Reg Hindley, author of the 1990 book titled ‘The Death of the Irish Language’, is tonight giving a lecture titled ‘Prospects for Modern European Languages including Irish’. The lecture is being held by Conradh na Gaeilge in the Natioal Library, Kildare St. Dublin, at 6pm this evening.

Beidh Léacht Chonradh na Gaeilge le Reg Hindley ar siúl anocht ag 6.00 i.n. sa Leabharlann Náisiúnta, Sráid Chill Dara. Beidh sé ag labhairt ar na féidearthachtaí do nuatheangacha Eorpacha – an Ghaeilge san áireamh.

Reg’s opinion on the health of the Irish langauge has changed somewhat since the book was published back in 1990. I might pop in on my way home just to see how bleek or rosey things are according to Hindley. I doubt ill be seeing any of you language haters there, which is a pity.

Aparantly there will be a short question and answer session after the lecture. If anyone has any reasonable questions they would like me to fire at him, then post them using the comment funcion below.

Ill let you know tomorrow how i get on.

Update:
An interesting and wide-ranging talk it has to be said, might post something on it later. Oh and by his reckoning we’re not in as bad a shape as we thought.

FCC Prize On The Way

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

Proof, as if it were needed, that the prize for last weeks FCC (#26) is winging is way to Gerry (the winner) as we speak.

Dingle vs An Daingean

Friday, October 20th, 2006

An Daingean
Pic from Unison

Latest

(12:13)
Over 1,086 ballots out of 1,222 have been returned, this constitutes 89% of the possible ballots. The count is going on in the Hillgrove hotel in Dingle as we speak. Result expected after 13:00.

(12:32)
Not looking good!

(12:50)
Aogan O Muircheartaigh plugging AGH all afternoon on RnaG. The ‘Ach go háirithe’ count is up to 30+ mentions already this hour!!

(12:54)
2/3 of ballots opened. Looks like the Dingle Daingean Uí Chúise (Yes Vote) camp beyond reach even at the stage.

(14:50)
Well, while I was out to lunch (a man has to eat) the final result came through. Looks like over 90% of the ballots were in favour of changing the name from An Daingean to Dingle Daingean Uí Chúis.

Boooo…

Náireach…

Breac Gaeltacht….

Up she flew!

Friday, October 20th, 2006

BBC

Two busy days were had, yesterday and the day before, here on AGH. After getting linked from the BBC news website in relation to this story, we saw a marked increase in traffic but nothing blacknight servers couldn’t handle. The BBC links itself wasn’t a permalink so in order to keep the relating story from slipping down the page I decided to hold off on any new posts as long as the BBC story was on the their front page, or at least until the initial flurry of interest died down.

Blog Stats

AGH reached its highest ranking yet on Irish Blogs as a result of all this hullabaloo, reaching number 3 in the blogging chart and number 19 in the overall Irish blog rankings. Woo and indeed Hoo!

The debate still rages on and I will post the referendum results as soon as I have them and any subsequent fallout as it happens.

Friday Caption Comp #27

Friday, October 20th, 2006

Friday Caption #27

Another Friday, another FCC. See how you get on and I promise ill lay of the Ruskies after this one. Use the comment function below to add your caption, short story (Johnny), whatever.

Last weeks winner was Gerry for his caption “Yeti got a little drunk on St Patricks day and later regretted the €500 hair dye bill.â€? for this pic. You have till next Friday to claim your prize of two, yes TWO, 48c stamps! Just email AGH at fcc [at] achgohairithe [dot] com.

Back to the usual prize of one 48c stamp for this week and has been sponsored by the Irish Bread Board, go Bread! Anyone interested in sponsoring the FCC weekly prize can get in contact with us at fcc [at] achgohairithe [dot] com.

We love Irish we do, but if we want our signs in English we’ll have our signs in English.

Monday, October 16th, 2006

This Thursday the 19th of October is the deadline for the receipt of ballots in the local plebiscite regarding the name change of a “Gaeltachtâ€? town in county Kerry, that town of course is An Daingean or Dingle if you like.

The question before the plebs of ‘Dingle’ is whether they would prefer their town to be officially renamed ‘Dingle Daingean Uí Chúise’ or remain as ‘An Daingean’. All this ruckus started after the 2005 Placenames Order decreed that Dingle as a Gaeltacht town should henceforth be officially referred to as An Daingean on all Acts of the Oireachtas, Statutory Declarations, Ordinance Survey Maps, Land Registry Maps and on any Local Authority road or street signposts.

As far as I can make out people were getting their knickers in a twist after Dingle was dropped fearing it would affect tourism in the Town. God forbid some poor auld Yank gets confused by Gaelic signage and spends his dollars elsewhere. Anyway, they then came up with this ridiculous bastardised version of the town name ‘Dingle Daingean Uí Chúise’. What next, ‘Ballingeary Béal Ã?tha an Ghaorthaidh’, ‘Carraroe Cheathrú Rua’, ‘Gweedore Gaoth Dobhair’, ‘Ring Rinn’ or ‘Spiddal Spidéal’?? Maybe if they stopped fumbling in their greasy tills for one second they would see how ludicrous the whole thing sounds.

These till fumblers would be better off concerning themselves with questions more pertinent to their professions, like MasterCard or Visa? Cash or Cheque? Yes Sir or No Sir? Yes Sir Mr. American Sir or Yes Sir Mr. German Sir? Sa Toin nú San Aghaidh? That kind of stuff.

Besides,
‘I Dingle Daingean Uí Chúise’ le haghaidh an tráthnóna
Bhí an sagart paróiste amach inár gcoinnibh,
…’
just doesn’t have the same ring to it!!

Munster v Edinburgh

Friday, October 13th, 2006

Sport AGH

Follow on from this

Look I won’t go into the reasons behind our loss last Friday only to say that’s it’s the same old problem of turning possession into scores, a thing Leinster seem to have no problem with given that they were restricted to scraps for most of the game yet still came out with the win. If we even had something close to the percentage of scores to possession/back row moves Leinster do, we would be a much potent force on the score board.

Anyway, all that aside there was, the IRFU nearly made a balls of the whole thing. Inept planning and lack of foresight led to thousands of supporters being stuck outside the stadium as the match kicked off. The game wasn’t even delayed to let the crowd filter in. There were no stewards outside explaining the situation. The only styles that were open were the ones right down the end under the East Stand. Only after some of the crowd started shouting and things looked like getting a bit hairy did the gates finally open and we were all left in for free. Bit of a crush when the gates opened but nothing too bad. So you can add a couple of thousand to the official attendance as there was no way of knowing how many of us were left in like this.[youtube]0bQRcaxFPGE[/youtube] Sport AGH

Its Edinburgh tonight in Thomond in the last Bulmers League game before the Heineken Cup kicks off. A injury free win would set us up nicely for the Leicester game in a few weeks.

KO: 19:30
Venue:Thomond Park

Team for tonight:
Munster: Shaun Payne; Toma O’Leary, Barry Murphy, Trevor Halstead, Ian Dowling; Ronan O’Gara, Peter Stringer; Marcus Horan, Frank Sheahan, Federico Pucciariello; Donncha O’Callaghan, Paul O’Connell (capt); Denis Leamy, David Wallace, Anthony Foley.
Replacements (from): Andy Kyriacou, John Hayes, Mick O’Driscoll, Denis Leamy, Alan Quinlan or Tim McGann, Brian O’Meara/ John Kelly/ Eoghan Hickey/Diogo Mateus (three from four).

Friday Caption Comp #26

Friday, October 13th, 2006

Friday Caption #26

Right, first of all last week’s winner. After long deliberation and several outside consultations, we decided that the grand price of a 48c stamp should go to madrarua for his caption: “Hands up who’s been with a “Two Bagâ€? bird?â€? for this picture.

Congratulations the prize is winging its way to you as we speak.

Now down to business. This weeks prize is two, yes two, 48c stamps! SO to be in with a chance of winning, please add your comment or caption to the above picture by using the comment function below.

Also keep an eye out for the FCC winners leader board coming soon.

This weeks prize has been sponsored by the Irish Egg Board, mmmmm Eggs! Anyone interested in sponsoring the FCC weekly prize can get in contact with us at fcc [at] achgohairithe [dot] com.

Shell to Sea Occupy Shell Head Office

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

A group of Shell to Sea protestors have “occupiedâ€? Shell’s Irish head office here in Leeson St. When I say occupied, I mean there area number of them on the roof and some have reportedly taken over reception.

A large Garda presence has taken up position in the area.

Pictures etc to come…

UPDATE:

Seems to have been resolved passably, and most of the protesters have now dispersed.

Leinster v Munster

Friday, October 6th, 2006

Sport AGH
Magners League 2006-2007
KO: 19:30
Venue:Lansdowne Road

Expect more locals to turn up for this one, injured pride alone after last years 30-6 drubbing should bring them out of the woodwork. No matter, the red tide will roll on and BOD, The Special One, D’arsey and the rest have about as much chance of survival as a poached-egg on Pucciariello breakfast plate.

Friday Caption Comp #25

Friday, October 6th, 2006

Friday Caption #25

Twenty fifth week of the FCC! Let’s make it a good one.

This week’s prize of a 48c stamp is sponsored by An Post and is restricted to Rep of Ireland residents only. An Post for all your postal needs.

Use the comment function below to add your captions.

Lost!

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

Have you seen, or are you in position of, these items??

One kettle of fish
Lost1
Text reads: It’s not mine, but a friends & he wants it back. If you find it and its not your kettle of fish mail me at lost{AT}theartofasbestos.com

One slipper
Lost2
Text reads: Went astray at midnight, about a week ago. If you are “charmingâ€? enough to give it back mail me at lost{AT}theartofasbestos.com

Both last seen around the Leeson st bridge area!

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