This is Japan!

January 19th, 2009

Japan from Eric Testroete on Vimeo.

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

AGH Stats

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

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

I Twit You Not

July 8th, 2008

After some shameless self promotion we’re up to 19 followers, a good number at this early stage.

I posted the idea in a few forums where likely EP goers hang out…

On the PROC.
On the Bodytonic Forum.
On Boards dot ie.
And on the EP forum itself.

…and it has to be said that reactions have been mixed. Some love the idea while others poo poo. Most of the poo poo’ing was on the Electric Picnic forum itself which might have more to do with the profile of user than anything else, I was even accused of working for twitter on said forum!

Anyway, we’ll plough on regardless.

Just to clarify a few things for people around the SMS aspect of all this.
When your Twitter account has been setup and you’re following electricpancake (and after electricpancake in return follows you) you can then decide which way you want to be updated on electricpancake twitters.

You can keep things entirely web based and just follow updates via your own Twitter profile or just by going to in your browser.

You can setup twitter to send updates to your instant messenger client.

Or you you can set up mobile SMS updates. << Handy for us in field in Stradbally!!

Once you have your mobile setup (add device in settings) and you select to receive updates from electricpancake you’re on your way. “Twitter doesn’t charge anything for this, but be sure to know what your text plan looks like with your wireless carrier.

You need never send an update to electricpancake and just opt to receive all the update goodness as it happens. You can even shut text messages from Twitter off at anytime by replying with “off” (and back on by sending “on”). You can also specify that it turn off automatically at night.

Full list of Twitter commands.

So there you are all set-up for receiving but what good is receiving without a little giving!! You can text in your updates to electricpancake by typing ‘D electricpancake’ and then your message to Twitter (+44 7624 801423). You would have already texted this Twitter number to verify your phone when setting it up as a update device.

If anyone has any question drop em in the comments and ill do my best to answer.

Twitter The Picnic

June 30th, 2008

Electric Picnic 2008

This may or may not catch on but I’ve set up a Twitter account ‘‘ specifically for this years Electric Picnic.

The premise is simple:

‘Using Twitter as a way to keep Twitter users up to date on happenings before, during and after Electric Picnic 2008.’

…and who better to keep Twitter users up to date then other Twitter users!

This is how it works.

I’m assuming that you already have your own Twitter account setup, if not signing up is easy just go here >>

1. First step is to follow

2. electricpancake will then follow you*

3. Once electricpancake is following you, any Direct Message (e.g. D electricpancake I like Cake) you send to electricpancake will instantly be republished as a tweet on electricpancake itself.

4. Anyone following electricpancake will then each receive that tweet.

*In the process of setting up auto-follow which will mean anyone who follows electricpancake will instantly be followed in return. In the mean time it will have to be a daily run job so please be patient. I should have the auto-follow up and running by the end of the week.

Of the people, for the people and by the people.
electricpancake will not work as an Electric Picnic update service unless people send tweets to it. It all depends on getting a core of followers who are willing to contribute.

Likely tweets that i know i would be glad to receive:

- Traffic in Portlaoise is building up but moving
- Car park C is full
- Loads of space in red campsite down near the portaloos
- *artist* just coming on the main stage now
- Not letting any more people in to the **** Tent
- Bodytonic tent now! Place is rocking..
- Body & Soul looks like its closing shortly
- Party in car park C.. look for noisy blue van

…you get the idea.

Again this will only work if electricpancake gets enough followers wiling to contribute, so i guess we’ll just see how the it goes for now. Tweet or comment below…

Bad Behavior

June 20th, 2008

Looks like my Bad Behavior plugin was blocking all comments!! My apologies people, i’ve disabled it now so all should be in order.

Meanwhile back at the Bat Cave…

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To Blog or to Twitter?

June 18th, 2008

To Blog or to Twitter

After many false dawns and promises of redesigns etc I’ve decided that things were actually pretty good as they were. Actually its been doing my nut in trying to get and modify a WP theme to a point that im happy for it to be the new face of AGH. So I’ve decided to carry on using the existing light theme for now. I had to rip out all plugins and update my WP and DB but things seem to be hanging together a bit better now. As you may have noticed some of the nifty features are no more but it was a them or better performance and load time. I’ll look at getting some of them back up and running over the next few weeks.

Thanks for sticking out the rough times people but with things a bit more settled now AGH should be back with more Where in the World Wednesdays, more Friday Caption Competitions, more Reign of Terror letters, more Dingle for your Dangle, more Sport, more gigs, more giving out..especially more giving out….

Ive also tentatively dipped my toe into the world of Twitter.
Will the AGH twitter take over from the AGH blog?
Who knows!!

AGH Goes Old School

April 6th, 2008

AGH Goes Old School
Ach go háirithe has gone old school….as you may have noticed. I’m cleaning house and putting a new look and feel together so forgive the temporary old school look.

I need to clean up my plugins and make sure the new theme and WP version works before releasing it to you the public. So sorry again about the false dawns of the past few months but rest assured that re-design is well under way and once i’ve deployed i will be back posting like its 2006!

The Admin

Smug Alert!

March 28th, 2008

Smug Alert
Well it was going to take something pretty big to get me out of retirement but out of retirement I am, thanks to the second series of No Bearla. Our self congratulating smug bobble headed friend, aka Manchán Magan, is back on our screens and going on tonight’s show we can expect more of the same same…but different.

Bobble Head’s objective was clear right from the start and though he seems to be approaching it from a different angle the tune is the very same as last year. This Mark Thomas wannabe had some shocking insights for us in tonight’s show i.e. mostly JF’s work in and frequent St Stephens Shopping Centre, 80% of sitting TD’s are 100% useless and teenagers know more about the Simpsons than they know about Peig.

I can’t believe TG4 commissioned a second series but commission it they did and as long as Bobble Head keeps beating the same old drum ill keep posting on it.

Manchán Magan
Manchán – Loves the smell of his own farts

No Eejits!
Ich bin ein Ã?pa – No Béarla (Episode 2)
Smiling under Buses

Irish Bog Rewards

January 7th, 2008

The Irish Blog Awards are currently taking nominations for this years awards. So why not nominate your favorite blog, thats me, in one of the categories below. Lets see if we can go one better than the short list this year!!

Click here to nominate AGH.

* Best Blog
* Best Blog Post
* Most Humorous Post
* Best Personal Blog
* Best Use of the Irish Language in a Blog
* Best Designed Blog
* Best Specialist Blog
* Best Newcomer (when does one cease to be a newcomer??)

Just a little refresher on the most popular posts on AGH in the past year.
- ROT updates
- The Kerry Animal
- A Story About Brothers
- We love Irish we do…
- Ireland’s most expensive…petrol station
- GAA Manager 2008
- Sean Og O’Hailpin – Pitch Man
- Corcaigh Abú!
- Google Fight The Election
- How Gay Can You Go?
- England ‘B’ team make Super 8 round of Cricket World Cup
- Snail Mail
- Wir Müssen Die Taxisfahrer Ausrotten!!
- Mí-ádh ag na Oscars
- Possibly the greatest performance by any team wearing green in any sport ever?
- Rialú na Cruine : World domination

Or you can just wander the halls of AGH by going to a Random AGH Page.

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AGH ‘08

January 6th, 2008

Tá roinnt deisiú agus athchóiriú a dhéanamh ar Ach go háirithe faoi lathair.
Beidh leagan 2008 do AGH á sheoladh i dtreo deire mí Feabhra.

Ach go háirithe is currently undergoing a major revamp.
2008 re-launch is scheduled for mid to late February, but please check back regularly as an early re-launch is quite possible.

In the mean time you can re-live the past year and a half of AGH by following this link to a Random AGH Page.

The Admin.

Busy Busy Busy

November 7th, 2007


I have to apologies for the lack of postage on AGH of late. And whats been keeping me away you may ask? Well, a new job thats what;a new job with rather strict Internet policies!! But once im on top of things there AGH will be back in business.

I was also thinking of re-vamping AGH, looks wise………….needed? not needed?

All Aborad! Next Bus To Tralee In 5 Mins

October 16th, 2007
Dingle book burning
Locals burning their English-Irish Dictionaries

I flagged this yonks ago as being a possible flash point, and true to form the plebs in Dingle are again revolting! This time they seem to think their kids will be at a disadvantage as the only secondary education available in the town is the all Irish Pobal Scoil Chorca Dhuibhne. Muppets! One solution to the impasse may be if they load their fat fucking kids into buses and ship them into Tralee for a good English education. Failing that, maybe we should consider cutting Dingle out of the Gaeltacht all together.

Breaking News
Belfast Telegraph

All Blacks Say No To Cake

October 3rd, 2007

[youtube]VnZ6o3Z6Rqg[/youtube]It appears that there’s a bit of fuss over this take on the Haka apparently advertising a bakery of the year competition in New Zealand. Rumors that a second ad depicting two Gingerbread men spear tackling a mince pie had to be pulled are as yet unsubstantiated!

A Letter To Dublin Bus

October 3rd, 2007
Bus Ã?tha Cliath

To whom it may concern:

I’m writing to you with a quick question. Is it true that you have dropped or intend to drop the Irish version of your company name? i.e. drop the Bus Ã?tha Cliath from your logos etc?

It’s just I heard this as a rumour some weeks ago but dismissed as being just that, a rumour. However, I’ve come to notice that any of the new buses or buses with new paint jobs are indeed bereft of the words ‘Bus Ã?tha Cliath’! Was this a commercial decision and if so on what grounds would dropping Irish from your logo etc improve the commercial viability of the company? Or was it simply a decision some bright spark came up with in there to save on paint?

Dublin Bus : Serving the entire community………me hole!


Update (04.10.07):
Aonghus from Smaointe Fánacha Aonghusa has also put his shoulder to the wheel on this issue. He delves deeper into the issue and rightly identified that they as a state body may be in breach of the Official Languages Act, 2003! Wouldn’t that be a kicker!! Anyway, here’s the email Aonghus sent Bus Ã?tha Cliath:

Dear Sir or Madam,
I am a regular passenger on your services.

it appears that you are no longer using the name “Bus Ã?tha Cliathâ€? on the livery of your buses, or indeed on your website

I note that the links to your sister companies on that site are to “Iarnród Éireannâ€? and “Bus Éireannâ€?.

Since you are subject to the provisions of the Official Languages Act, 2003, you would seem to be in breach of your statutory duties.

“Public bodies have a duty of ensuring, when any information is being provided to the public through the postal system or by electronic means, that such communication is provided in Irish or bilingually. Section 9 (3)â€?

While the regulations regarding signage, notices, stationery headings and oral announcements (live or recorded) have not yet been published, it seems to me that you will be in contravention of the regulations if the current draft regulations come into force substantially unaltered.

is mise le meas
Aonghus Ó hAlmhain

ROT Update #4 (RTE)

October 2nd, 2007

Less of an update, more of a recap. One of the first targets for the ROT was Radio Telefis Eireann (RTE), Ireland’s’ national broadcaster. So with ROT activity at a minimum recently i decided to go back over the early stuff. For inspiration?? maybe. For shits and giggles?? Definitely! There are 20 instalments in this series so here are some of the highlights from the ROT vs RTE campaign.

To: Complaints Dept, Subject: Six-One News
Dear RTE,

Would it be possible to move the ‘Six One’ news to a later slot, ‘Six Forty Three’ perhaps, as I rarely make it home from work before half six.

Yours in anticipation
Reply > From: ****, RTÉ Information Officer

Dear Ms. O’Connor

Thank you for your e-mail. I regret to inform you that
RTÉ has no plans to change the timing of either the Six
One or the Nine O’Clock news bulletins.

Best regards
RTÉ Information Officer

To: Complaints Dept, Subject: Fair City
Dear RTE,

Any Chance youd cancel it ……………….
I’ll pay (name your price)

Much obliged
Reply > From: *****, RTÉ Information Officer

Dear Ms. O’Connor

No amount of money would induce us to spoil the
enjoyment of over 600,000 viewers, for financial

Is your remote control missing?

RTÉ Information Officer

To: Complaints Dept, Subject: Reality TV

Dear RTE,

Any truth to the rumour that RTE’s next big celebrity reality TV show involves the of putting of Pat Kenny, Twink, Brendan o Carroll and that boob-job trollop off you’re a star into a burlap sack with 12 cats?

This is a show that I know id watch plus it would see my TV licence fee put to good use.

Yours truly,

Reply > From: ****, RTÉ Information Officer

Hi *****,

Got to say that you’re first on board with that
particular rumour, but I’ll run it past the relevant
commissioning editor in case it has merit.
I’m inclined to think however, that the DSPCA might
veto cats being put in bags – burlap or otherwise.

Best regards
RTÉ Information Officer

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Friday Caption Comp #58

September 28th, 2007
Friday Caption Comp #58

A rather topical FCC this week! Use the comment link below to add your captions etc…

You said Im bringin heat on you!

September 26th, 2007

Watch till the end. Quality…

Oh and FYI, the recent comments view on the side bar seems to have gone missing thanks to my last worpress update. Im working on a fix as we speak…


September 18th, 2007
Gaeilge agus Fáilte


Dé Sathairn 29ú Meán Fomhair 2007 / Saturday 29th September 2007
Lá spraoi do theaghlaigh saor in aisce / Family fun day

1.00pm – 4.00pm

Ceardlainn ceoil / Scéalaíochta / Ceardaíochta Spraoi / Plé ar Achtanna Teangaidh

Julie Fowlis agus Éamon Doorley (5.00pm -7.00pm)
-tícéidí de dhíth, ar fáil ó POBAL @ 90438132


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Up the Rebels!

September 14th, 2007
Up the Rebels!

Nuff said!

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