Archive for January, 2009

A culchie with culture!!

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

AGH makes the Indo……for the right reasons!

Didnt even realise i made the blog digest on the Indo back in September.
Marie Boran writes

“It is hard to sum up this blog in just a few words or even explain its exact purpose but I will tell you this much: it is sometimes written as Gaeilge, it often champions Irish culture and it is frequently hilarious.

I really liked the blog’s strange mix of hip and hip replacement, like a culchie with culture (this is how I like to think of myself!).

I could see myself glued to this blog if I were off in Australia or America finding my fortune. Actually, I’d visit it either way. ”

Well it’s like that old saying goes…”Give a culchie the culture section, and you’ve occupied him for a day. Teach a culchie how to blog, and you’ve occupied him for life.”

Marie a chailin once ive figured out AGH’s purpose you’ll be the first to know.

AGH – Legal Threat

Friday, January 30th, 2009

So much for free speech!! It looks like we’ve touched a nerve with someone in relation to our post this morning. I received an email this morning (which i only picked up now) from a major corporate law firm, here in Dublin. Lets be clear on this I haven’t done anything wrong, I have simply published a letter which was received by a family member. I refuse to be bullied or censored on this and I will not under any circumstances remove my blog post.

I’ve been blogging since 2005 and AGH has been up and running since 2006. We’ve sailed close to the wind on a number of occasions but this goes beyond all that… ive done nothing wrong and i stand by my post. I actually held back on information truth be known…

Airtricity – Customer Data Compromised!!

Thursday, January 29th, 2009


I’m amazed that this hasn’t been picked up in the media yet, but this came through the door of a relation last week and to say she was shocked and worried is an understatement. I mean it looks like her personal data, including bank details may have been left in an unsecured location for God knows how long!!

The letter states that while they were working on their website a “file” containing personal details was inadvertently left in an unsecure location. They go on to say that while the file was not visible on the face of the website they cant guarantee 100% that the file wasn’t accessed by an unauthorised 3rd party.

While the letter itself is very apologetic and and goes to great pains to try and reassure the recipient that this breach has been investigated thoroughly and that measures are now in place to ensure the situation can not be repeated, it doesn’t state when this breach happened and how long the data was exposed to the world.

The fraud protection cover they offer by way of apology is akin to padlocking the stable door after the horse has bolted.

I’m going to look into this for her and my first port of call will be the data protection commissioner. Come to think of it im not sure what good contacting the DPC will do, given the fact that they had their own leak recently any action they take against Airtricity might smack of hypocrisy!

I can only imagine the phone conversation:
> Hello
- Yes
> Is that Kettel?
- Yes this is Kettel
> This is pot
- Ok
> You’re Black

Download the full Airtricity Letter.


Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Cork Hurlers Strike - March in Support of Cork Players
March in Support of Cork Players
Saturday 7th Feb 3pm :: Emmet Place

The Peoples Republic Of CorkForum
The full players statement – 26th January 2009

Language Hater Off To The Front

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Gaza 2009
Looks like AGH’s favourite language hater is so busy fighting the good fight that he didn’t have time even to renew his domain.

That’s the cunt, five in from the left.


Thought it was worth dusting this one off again.

An Céad Dáil – The First Dáil

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
The Sinn Fein members elected in the December 1918 election at the first Dail Eireann meeting, called by Sinn Fein on January 21, 1919. Shown are (from l to r): 1st row: L. Ginell, Michael Collins (leader of the Irish Republican Army), Cathal Brugha, Arthur Griffiths (founder of Sinn Fein), Eamon de Valera (president of the Irish Republic), Count E. MacNeill, William Cosgrave and E. Blythe; 2nd row: P. Maloney, Terence McSwiney (Lord Mayor of Dublin), Richard Mulcahy, J. O'Doherty, J. O'Mahony, J. Dolan, J. McGuinness, P. O'Keefe, Michael Staines, McGrath, Dr. B. Cussack, L. de Roiste, W. Colivet and the Reverend Father Michael O'Flanagan (vice-president of Sinn Fein); 3rd row: P. War, A. McCabe, D. Fitzgerald, J. Sweeney, Dr. Hayes, C. Collins, P. O'Maillie, J. O'Mara, B. O'Higgins, J. Burke and Kevin O'Higgins; 4th row: J. McDonagh and J. McEntee; 5th row: P. B 1919 Ireland

An Céad Dáil Éireann - the First Dáil Éireann, 90 years ago tomorrow the 21st of January

Lot’s going on and lots of talk debate around the 90th anniversary of the First Dáil. RTE radio have a series of programmes commemorating the anniversary with one in particular How Macroom Remembers aired yesterday being of particular interest to myself.

The 21st January marks the 90th anniversary of the first Dáil in Ireland. RTÉ Radio 1’s Documentary on One has made a documentary that looks at how the tumultuous events of 1919 to 1923 are remembered in Macroom and its hinterland.

You can download the the programme directly here. It was recorded around the time of the Kilmichael commemoration last year and has a few excerpts from the day itself. Of course you can download the full speech and see more pics from Kilmichael 2008 here.

Thomas Davis Lectures – Creating The Dáil

To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the First Dáil we are re-broadcasting a ten part Thomas Davis Lecture series entitled Creating the Dáil first broadcast in 1994.

The boys over at éirígí staged a high profile PR stunt much to the embarrassment of the blue heelers.

éirígí activists today (Tuesday) breached tight security at Dublin’s historic Mansion House to deliver a message directly to the Twenty-Six County political establishment.

As hundreds of elected representatives and other dignitaries gathered inside the building, two activists succeeded in unfurling a giant banner from the roof.

As the out-manoeuvred Gardaí scrambled into action, the banner’s message hung from the roof of the Mansion House for all to see – “90 YEARS ON – NO CLOSER TO FREEDOM – END THE OCCUPATION!â€? [youtube][/youtube]

Some more on-line coverage of the anniversary
The Cedar Lounge Revolution
The Irish Times
The Connolly Column

A Facilitating Concept

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

As promised, you can now view all of AGH’s stats by accessing my AGH analytics profile using the details below.
password: aghopenblogstatsAGH

Its a fresh profile so forgive the lack of stats pre 2 days ago!! The figures are paltry enough even by AGH standards, nothing like the heady days of 06/07. Ill see if i can get some of my historical stats up on the AGH stats page.

This is Japan!

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Japan from Eric Testroete on Vimeo.

Every photo taken during a couple’s visit to Japan.

AGH Stats

Monday, January 19th, 2009


In this era of blogging stats Glasnost exemplified by Mulley and Niall Harbison i too will be making my full blog stats available. Will more than likely jimmy FireStats to make my stats viewable to the public but am also considering going down the route of giving full access to my Google Analytics account.

Details on how to access full stats for AGH will be posted in the AGH Stats page which for now contains only standard blog page, post and comment stats.

Kilmichael 2008

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Kilmichael 2008

Declan Kearney - Kilmichael commemoration 2008

After the complete washout in 2006 and having missed out on the 2007 commemoration i was looking forward to the 2008 Kilmichael ambush commemoration and to be fair Declan Kearney, the guest speaker, didn’t disappoint

You can download Declan’s speach here (.caf 46MB) (downloaded times) in CAF format (needs Quicktime to play).

I could only convert the first 16mins of his 24min speach from CAF to mp3 so ill post up the mp3 version for download as soon as i converted the lot.

If you want more info on the ambush or even take a virtual tour of the ambush site visit the Coppeen Archaeological, Historical and Cultural Society site or archive.

Article in An Phoblacht entitled Political unity and a new standard of patriotism published after the 2008 commemoration.

Poem written by Bobby Sands in memory of Tom Barry after Barry passed away in 1980.

For Barry’s soul we prayed in hell
Pathetic creatures adorned in pain
And we never heard his requiem bell
But our own — in torture’s livid strain.

In the southern realms of Munster world
The humble whin bush sway
Shedding yellow tears like child
For a legend passed away.

And they blow down lanes of time gone by
O’er Crossbarry and Kilmicheal grave
And resurrect a battle cry
‘With Barry, boys be brave!’

In dusky light, by mist, o’er hills they tread
A column on the run
The ghosts of fighters long since dead
Yet n’er at rest, their guns still slung.

Now Barry leads them in the night
Hardy souls of Cork Brigade
To tramp the glens to morning light
When their ghostly forms shall fade.

And we prayed tonight for Barry’s rest
Would Barry e’er be free
As he tramps across old Munster’s breast
To blind eternity.

And in darkened shadows, ‘neath prison bars
The hags of torture wave
But we hear a voice that is of ours
‘With Barry, boys be brave!’

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Related posts and DL’s on AGH
- Comóradh Wolf Tone (Bodenstown 2007)
- Oration given by Gerry Adams at Bodenstown 2007 (.wav 18MB)
(downloaded times)
- Luíochán Cúl na Cathrach