Archive for March, 2007

Slán Slán

Friday, March 30th, 2007
Troops Out

Come tomorrow, South Armagh will once again be free! Free from the sound of British jackboots marching on her streets, free from the watchtower rifle scope, free from from constant intimidation and harassment, free from sheet metal and bullet-proof eyesores…tomorrow South Armagh will be Free of British soldiers.

Source: Balrog, Ireland.com

Previously on AGH:

Friday Caption Comp #45

Friday, March 30th, 2007
Friday Caption Comp #45

A bit late again with this weeks FCC…..

Anyway, for the week thats was here is a topical FCC to have a go off.

Use the comment link below to add your captions, comments, etc

WhereInTheWorldWednesday #17

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007
Where In The World Wednesday #17

Up the walls….yous know what to do……

Freagra / Answer: St. Louis, Missouri

The WWW Leaderboard
Unmontóndemierda – 4
El Ultimo – 3
anpuca – 3
Langerdan – 2
Madrarua – 1
Bilbo – 1
blacach – 1
Gerry – 1

The Rest – 0

The Admin – 2
(Number of WWW’s that were not guessed correctly by YOU within the week allowed)

England ‘B’ team make Super 8 round of Cricket World Cup

Saturday, March 24th, 2007
England ‘B’ Team Logo

The English ‘B’ cricket team go forward into the second round of the Cricket World Cup ‘The Super 8′ despite losing to hosts West Indies in their final pool game yesterday. The good work had been done earlier in the tournament with a shock win over Pakistan and a draw with Zimbabwe.

This sets up the mouth-watering prospect of England ‘A’ playing England ‘B’ in the next round of the world cup. Rumours that such a game would have to be moved to Croke Park in order to accommodate the huge crowd interest such a game would naturally generate, are as yet unconfirmed.

Snail Mail : Update #4

Friday, March 23rd, 2007
Snail Mail : Update #4

Well the sixth and final letter landed on Tuesday, a full week after it was sent. So be warned, if you are sending mail to an address in Dublin; give yourself at least a week for delivery. This pours cold water on An Post’s bold claims that “About 90 per cent of these are delivered the following working day, 99 per cent are delivered within 48 hours.â€?

I’ve written 2 letters to An Post via snail mail to see if they have any credible explanation for al this. I banged off a letter written in English to the English version of their address ‘Customer Services, An Post, Ground Floor, GPO, Freepost, Dublin 1’ and a letter written in Irish to the Irish version of their address ‘Seirbhísí Custaiméara, An Post, Céad Urlár, Ard-Oifig an Phoist, Saorphost, Baile Ã?tha Cliath 1 ‘ .
I wonder which one will land first!

1. Dublin to Gaeltacht
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 16

2. Dublin to Regional Town
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14

3. Dublin to Dublin
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 20

Related Posts:
Snail Mail – Post na Seilide
Snail Mail : Update #1
Snail Mail : Update #2
Snail Mail : Update #3

Friday Caption Comp #44

Friday, March 23rd, 2007
Friday Caption Comp #44

Its Friday…buiochas le Dia! Almost a year to the day since the first FCC on AGH!!

Add as many captions, short stories, comments, etc to the picture above. You can add them by clicking on the comment link below…

Cuir ceannteideal, scéal, slr leis an pictiúr thuas, usaid an nasc thios chun iad a sheoldadh.

Gatch

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

A quick Google of the word “gatchâ€? will return many different definitions ranging from “plaster as used in Persian architecture and decorative artâ€? to “women’s undergarments that need to be cleanedâ€?, not to mention “a laptop case with a built-in hoodâ€? or “someone who has a habit of bragging or showing offâ€? …but as far as we ever knew it, here in Cork, “gatchâ€? was used to described someone’s way of walking or moving. To illustrate this check out this old man and his extreme gatch!
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Another “gatch” was Lee Gatch, a well known American artist best known for his nature-inspired abstract works and murals. Commenting on Gatch’s gatch would have been too much to resist had I been around in his time. E.g. What’s with the gatch on Gatch?

WhereInTheWorldWednesday #16

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
Where In The World Wednesday #16

Kinda late with this weeks WWW…..but have a garry of it. Use the comment link below to add your guess to the hat. If no one comes close ill add more clues and pics.

Cén áit ata á taispeáint sa pictiúr thuas? Is feidir buille faoi thuarim a thabhairt thíos ach brúigh ar an “Commentâ€? nasc.

Click here for full size.

Freagra / Answer: El Paso, Texas

The WWW Leaderboard
Unmontóndemierda – 4
El Ultimo – 3
anpuca – 3
Madrarua – 1
Bilbo – 1
blacach – 1
Gerry – 1
Langerdan – 1

The Rest – 0

The Admin – 2
(Number of WWW’s that were not guessed correctly by YOU within the week allowed)

Snail Mail : Update #3

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007
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Well a week on and I’m still no closer to the truth! After sending 6 letters only 5 have landed at their destinations so far; the 1 remaining undelivered letter had to travel the shortest distance (Dublin to Dublin). But what is the meaning of it? Is there a mountain of undelivered Irish addressed letters in a sorting office in the midlands somewhere? To get to the bottom of this I guess I’m going to have to dust off my old frock and get Martina Mary O’Connor to write directly to An Post.

1. Dublin to Gaeltacht
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 16

2. Dublin to Regional Town
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14

3. Dublin to Dublin
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: ??

Related Posts:
Snail Mail – Post na Seilide
Snail Mail : Update #1
Snail Mail : Update #2

Friday Caption Comp #43

Friday, March 16th, 2007
Friday Caption Comp #43

Bit early in the year to be talking hurling maybe, but I couldn’t resist when I found this back in the AGH vaults. Add your caption to the scene above and if you don’t know who the main protagonist in the scene is, you can find more details on him here.

Saghas luath sa bhlian chun bheith ag caint ar iomanaiocht but hey…cuir ceannteideal leis an pictiúr thuas, usaid an nasc thios chun í a sheoldadh.

Snail Mail : Update #2

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

The plot thickens!!! It seems that this may not be a straight forward as I first thought.

Out of the 3 addresses I sent mail to all have received at least one of the letters, with one receiving both. The two addresses that only received one letter only received the letters addressed in English.

It may be that this anomaly where Irish addressed letters get delayed may be restricted to some local sorting offices. Of course it would help if I knew more about the sorting system or what network is in place; to this end I will be contacting An Post directly to see if they can shed more light on the issue.

Anyway, the wait goes on for the two remaining Irish addressed letters.

Below is a breakdown of the sent and received dates of each letter.

1. Dublin to Gaeltacht
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: ??

2. Dublin to Regional Town
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14

3. Dublin to Dublin
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: ??

Related Posts:
Snail Mail – Post na Seilide
Snail Mail : Update #1

Snail Mail : Update #1

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Well it seems the rumour is proving to be founded in truth, so far anyway.
The first report back of a letter being delivered to one of the addresses was today and of course only one landed; and yes you guessed it, it was the English addressed letter that arrived to the door!

What make this first report all the worse is that the address in question is located in a Gaeltacht area!

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“Port Láirge?? Jazus where’s that??…”

I will know this evening if any letters landed to the other 2 addresses but for now things are not looking good for An Post.

And for anyone who thinks this is trivial and not worth investigating, just ask the thousands of businesses, located inside and outside the Gaeltacht, who depend on mail being delivered on time to carry out their business….whether the address is written in Irish or not. Oh and there’s a little matter of OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ACT 2003 which gives them the right to carry out their business as Gaeilge if they so wish!

Below is a breakdown of the sent and received dates of each letter.

1. Dublin to Gaeltacht
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: March 14
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: ??

2. Dublin to Regional Town
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: ??
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: ??

3. Dublin to Dublin
Address written in English: Sent: March 13 – Received: ??
Address written in Irish: Sent: March 13 – Received: ??

Related Posts: Snail Mail – Post na Seilide

WhereInTheWorldWednesday #15

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007
Where In The World Wednesday #15

Have a garry off this weeks WWW. Submit your guesses using the comment function below. Might be easy for some.

Cén áit ata á taispeáint sa pictiúr thuas? Is feidir buille faoi thuarim a thabhairt thíos ach brúigh ar an “Commentâ€? nasc.

Freagra / Answer: Abu Dhabi or أبو ظبي‎ as the locals call it.

The WWW Leaderboard
Unmontóndemierda – 3
El Ultimo – 3
anpuca – 3
Madrarua – 1
Bilbo – 1
blacach – 1
Gerry – 1
Langerdan – 1

The Rest – 0

The Admin – 2
(Number of WWW’s that were not guessed correctly by YOU within the week allowed)

Snail Mail – Post na Seilide

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Tá ráflaí ag dul timpeall nach bhfuil rudaí ar fad I gceart in An Post.
Tá sé tugadh faoi deara agam féin agus ag roinnt dom chomrádaí go bhfuil maoil neamhghnách tagadh ar post sa tir seo, go hairithe nuair a seoltar as gaeilge an litir. Chun í seo a tástáil taim chun sé litir a chur sa phost go trí seoladh éagsúil. Beidh dhá litir ag dul go gach seoladh. Tá an seoladh i mbearla ar litir amhain agus as Gaeilge ar an litir eile. Feicfimid a bheidh aon difríocht idir an fad a dtógann sé ortha a gceann scribe a bhaint amach!

Litir

Rumour has it that all is not well in An Post. I know I’m not alone in noticing a delay in how long it takes mail to be processed and delivered these days; especially if the address is written in Irish.

Some say it down to the sorting machines not being able to read Irish properly. Others think it’s down to the actual workers in the sorting office not having a great grasp of the Irish language and hence have to pass any Irish addresses letters to someone who does.

To test this rumour out I’m going to send six letters to three different addresses. Two letters will go to each address but one letter will be addressed in Irish and the other will be addressed in English. It should be interesting to see if there is any difference in how long it takes each letter to be processed.

In the interest of the experiment being an accurate reflection of the mail sorting system as a whole I’ve chosen an address in the Gaeltacht, an address outside the Gaeltacht but in the country and an address in a major city.

I’m posting them this afternoon so check back to see updates on how the story unfolds.

Mail Sorting

Post na Seilide

Litreacha leictreonach’
Ag taisteal ar fud an domhain
Foclaí ar luas lasrach
Fir phoist ag eirí gann.

Ní bheidh boscaí poist níos faide
Ar dhoirse ná ar chraobh
Beidh scáileán sa mhála scoile
‘S beidh deireadh leis an scríobh.

Le h-idirghréasán na ríomhairí
Beidh an ‘biro’ bocht díomhaoin
‘S beidh an ‘e-mail’ seo go síoraí
Ag múisc triuflais ar an ‘screen’.

Beannachtai Na Féile Pádraig

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Beannachtai Na Féile Pádraig / Happy St. Patrick’s Day
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Cupla lá luath but hey / A few days early but hey

NHL – Round 2 : Toradh

Monday, March 12th, 2007

Sport AGH
Port Láirge 0-16 Corcaigh 0-12 (Réamh-caint)
The less said about this weekend of sport the better….as far as Cork are concerned anyway; 0 for 3 in the soccer, football and hurling.

I didn’t make it down to Walsh Park for our rearranged Division 1A meeting with Eoin Kelly…sorry with Waterford, but with the likes of the O’Connor twins plus Seán Óg and Pat Mull out it was hard to see how Cork were ever going to come out of this with a win. I was delighted to hear that Mickey O’Connell made an appearance on the day (on 45mins for Kenny). His introduction failed to have the necessary impact but it was good to hear that the hero of ’99 is back wearing the red.

Páidí O’Sullivan, Diarmuids brother, was also brought on and slotted over a free in the 66th minute. He was unfortunate to have picked up an injury late in the game and had to be stretchered off.

R Curran (0-01);
P Cronin (0-03);
N McCarthy (0-03);
N Ronan (0-01);
D O’Sullivan (0-01);
J Deane (0-02, 2f);

Fir-Ionaid :
M O’Connell for Kenny (45 mins);
P O’Sullivan (0-01, f) for Deane (50);
T McCarthy for Canty (59);
J O’Callaghan for P O’Sullivan (68).

I did however make it to Parnell Park to see Cork take on the Dubs on Saturday night. One of the worst performances I’ve seen from a Cork team in long long time; and that’s saying something given our history. The game ended 1-13 to 0-7 to the Dubs but in all fairness the score line flatters to deceive. Cork scored 4 points in the last few minuets and by that stage most of the Dublin players were more interested in making it in to the showers before all the hot water was gone! An awful awful display from Cork, they looked like a team that had trained 3 or 4 times already that day, second to every ball, the backs were abysmal and the forwards were barely Junior standard. The only player that stood out as being up for the challenge was Antony Lynch, who ran and ran all night.

The video is of Donnnacha O’Connor missed penalty in the second half.
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Wir Müssen Die Taxisfahrer Ausrotten!!

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

We have a new guest contributor to AGH who is rather angry and may offend the faint heart, so be warned. His name is Shitty Bill but what ever you do don’t call him Shitty Bill. He tried to fart but ended up shitting his pants when he was a kid, hence the reason for his nickname. He is the founding member of the Irish chapter of the ‘People who hate People Party’.

Over to you Shitty:

Taxi1

We here at the People who hate People Party or PPP for short, have long held our tongues on matters important to us, mostly because we fear our ‘out there’ ideas and ‘far out’ notions might offend the masses. But the time has come to throw off the PC shackles and speak freely and loudly!

What has caused us to break from policy? What has us so incensed? The answer is simple, taxi drivers, or Dublin taxi drivers to be more specific. Wir müssen die Taxisfahrer ausrotten!! They really do get on my tits. If it’s not some cranky monosyllabic Man United fan its some racist, over opinionated Man Untied fan with a bad case of verbal diarrhoea! Strikes, overcharging and bitching about the airport is all we get from these people. They really are the dregs of the service industry.

Taxi2

“How many bags did you say you had? Ya ill just add them on now for ya…”

But I have a solution, a final solution if you will. Es ist Zeit für Säuberung. They should all be lured onto trains with the promise of meeting Cantona or something. The trains should then carry them off to “re-education campsâ€? somewhere in the mid-lands. Now, it is not for me to say what would go on at these “re-education campsâ€? or how many taxi drivers would return. I can however say with some certainty that the streets of Dublin would be much quieter, safer and calmer. So come on people…Es ist Zeit für Rache! Recalim the streets, reclaim the city from these cockroaches of the night.

Depending on the success of the first phase of our final solution, we would propose extending the “re-educationâ€? scheme to include all motorcycle couriers in phase 2 and all Dublin Bus bus drivers in phase 3.

Thank You.
This has been a party political broadcast on behalf of the PPP (The People Who Hate People Party).

Gaeilge agus Fáilte

Friday, March 9th, 2007
Gaeilge agus Fáilte

Bhuel, ní raibh an lá le AGH ag na IBAs i mblianna ach is mór an rud é do AGH bheith ainmnithe in aon chor ins sa réimsí áirithe. Ar an abhar san, comhghairdeas le HillaryNY agus meas mór ag dul amach go dtí An Spailpín Fánach (an buaiteoir sa ceart IMT) agus nobyegarawn ar bhuail mé leo beirt ar an oiche.

O fuaras an ainmniúchan táim tareis iarracht níos mó a dheanamh ar an blog ó thaobh na Gaeilge de. Ach ag féachtaint siar tá roinnt maith díospóireacht ar cursai teangan tareis bheith anseo ar AGH. Seo thíos roinnt dos na thráchtaí is fearr nú is conspóideach b’fhéidir a bhí ar AGH i rith na bliana.

Ba chóir dom ‘language haters wall of fame’ a chuir le cheile, nú wall of shame b’fhéidir.

UCD Can Do Without Irish:

Maire O Gruagain: “Irish as part of Irish Studies at Mater Dei Institute BA course also seems to have been dropped. But the general election hasn’t happened yet and Enda Kenny isn’t Taoiseach yet!”

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

WisdomWeasel: “Far be it for an Englishman to weigh in on this, but I reckon An Daingean is just fine. We English (and more lately our American cousins) have had a long tradition of disregarding local spelling and pronunciation when discussing towns and cities; just ask Koln/Cologne or Torino/Turin for starters. It could be the best of both worlds; heritage and living tradition is celebrated while you still get to accept the money of the happily oblivious visitors to “Dingleâ€?.”

Paul H “More idiocy from the Gaelige fascists. Lets hope the verdict is translated into all the other european languages and the intricacies of the fascist futility is exposed again. Let gaelic die a natural and dignified death. It is suffering a slow public and shambolic one at present.
The best way to preseve it if that is desired is to make it attractive not force it on people. Its like getting kids to eat vegetables!”

Ce fhéadfadh dearud a dheanamh ar ár gcara fearbealfeirste

fearbealfeirste“why do we insist on going back to a singular point in time when gaeilge was our native tongue? why not go back further to a time when when we conversed by a series of grunts? dingle/daingean could be snort, cough – i personally have had enough of it – bhi me lan liofa san ur amhain ach ta me tinn leis anois – bearla is now our native tongue – if you cant accept that then you should move to the west belfast/disney gaeltacht sponsored by her majesty’s government (more…)

Friday Caption Comp #42

Friday, March 9th, 2007
Friday Caption Comp #42

Cuir ceannteideal leis an pictiúr thuas, usaid an nasc thios chun I sheoldadh.

No prize for this weeks FCC, kudos and the admiration of your peers should be reward enough for entering. Use the comment link below to add your captions. Add as many as you like.

I’m From Barcelona…no I’M From Barcelona!

Monday, March 5th, 2007

I’m From Barcelona, The Village, Dublin, 02.03.07[youtube]WN-b13vjTds[/youtube]Vid 1 / Vid 2 / Vid 3 / Vid 4 / Vid 5