Archive for the ‘Interesting’ Category

Google Streetview

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Google launched the streetview part of google earth and google maps in Ireland today. It wouldn’t work on my iPhone, but it works on the desktop version.

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Click on the photo for a larger one.

Here’s to Long Life and Happiness. Cheers

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Here’s somethng you won’t read in an Irish Times editorial: drinking alcohol in moderation is better for you than excessive drinking (obviously) and abstention (less obviously). Specifically:
Controlling only for age and gender, compared to moderate drinkers, abstainers had a more than 2 times increased mortality risk, heavy drinkers had 70% increased risk, and light drinkers had 23% increased risk. A model controlling for former problem drinking status, existing health problems, and key sociodemographic and social-behavioral factors, as well as for age and gender, substantially reduced the mortality effect for abstainers compared to moderate drinkers. However, even after adjusting for all covariates, abstainers and heavy drinkers continued to show increased mortality risks of 51 and 45%, respectively, compared to moderate drinkers. (ht: Overcoming Bias)
So there you go: eat, drink and be merry – for there’s a better chance you’ll see tomorrow.

1911 Census

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

The entire 1911 census (and most of the 1901 census) of Ireland is now available online for free. It’s a fantastic tool if you want to check your roots, and great to see their returns written in their own writing.
This is my great grandfather, Jerome Murphy’s census return from April 2nd, 1911. He was a shipping clerk for Cunard in Cobh, Co. Cork (then Queenstown). My granny, Marjorie is also there, aged 12. Check out your own at www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/

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To see it bigger, click on the photo, and on the flickr page, click on actions>view all sizes

Trotting

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

Crosskeys Pony Club had their Easter Trotting Run today from Kilnaleck to Mountnugent and back. Here’s Sean McGaughran, Conor Rehill and Brendan McPhillips at Killyfassey.

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More photos here

Massey Ferguson 265

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

I saw this on Mark Galligan’s Facebook Page!

Corglass, The Movie (now new and improved)

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Including daredevil Mini Motorbike rider LOL

Deep Freeze

Friday, January 8th, 2010

We’ve never had such a prolonged cold spell since I’ve lived in Kilnaleck, and I’ve never seen Corglass lake frozen like this before. Fritz Rennix says he rode a motorbike across it in 1965. Here’s intrepid explorers Craig Lovett, Donal Harten, Damien Lynch and Paul Lynch at least 50 meters from the shore this morning. There’s about 10″ of ice and it seems very solid, people have been out on it on motorbikes, quads, even a Mitsubishi Pajero!

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More photos here

Sloe Gin

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

The country’s covered in these sloes right now. They’re the fruit of the blackthorn tree so every hedge should have some. Don’t attempt to eat them. They’re bitter and horrible. They’re a member of the plum family. You can make jam, or better still SLOE GIN with them. Paul picked these on the bog line near Finea about two weeks ago and the gin should be ready for Christmas. Isn’t it a beautiful colour?

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I know, I know, it’s in a Powers bottle but it was handy

Halloween

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Good party in the bar last night. Loads of people dressed up and enjoyed themselves. Happy birthday Cherelle

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Plenty more here

Leitrim

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Saw this posted by Michael Gilhooly from Finea on Facebook. Funny.