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Arghhhhhhhhhhhhh was actually first used in the Anchor Bar in or around 1982. A bunch of

Men were drinking in the Anchor at that time and due to the drink or whatever they all began to

talk like pirates. Paddy Green the propietor of the Anchor did not understand the Treasure

Island language and thought that when a Mon said Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhh he was in actual fact


Paddy warned a few Men about the growling, that if they kept it up they would be all barred.

Men also began dribbling and twisting and contorting their faces when they said the word


The twisting and contorting of the face came by

way of the late Paddy Caroll who, during an

argument, would contort and twist his face to

enhance whatever point he was trying to make.

Paddy was also prone to grabbing the person

he was talking to around the throat, again to

emphasise his point of view.

The word Boyyyyyyyyyyy had been around

since the early days of RTE and Cowboy

movies when the hero would call every other

Cowboy Boyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. It went through all

the Schools in the late sixties and seventies

but was only linked to the word

Arghhhhhhhhhhhhh in the Anchor during an

argument between Paddy Carroll and Petie

Walsh. During the argument Paddy could be

seen snarling and growling and face stretching

as he explained to Petie just how he would kill

him, and Petie (whether out of rage or

frustration ) began using the word Boyyyyyyy

after every sentence.

Paddy. growling and snarling: “I'll twist yer nose up over your forehead Petie,


Petie: “I'd like to see ye try Paddy Boyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!”

Of course the onlookers were totally overawed with the performance. The word Arghhhhhhhhhh

was being used by Paddy in the argument but he was also face twisting and teeth grinding after

every word. (Teeth grinding was when you opened your mouth towards your opponent and

gnashed your teeth together like you were preparing to bite him, something like a monkey

threatening another) Petie was still using the word Boyyyyyyyyyy after every sentence but now

there was also a dribble of spittle dangling from the corner of his mouth.

The end result of this argument took place a few weeks later when a Mon entered the Anchor

Bar at 11 o clock on a Saturday morning and began shuffling toward the Bar where the owner

Paddy Green was already waiting, palms spread on the counter. Of course Paddy knew

already he was going to barre the approaching Mon for being drunk the night before and

growling, but the approaching Mon was not to know this and came to a halt at the bar,

positioning his face about an inch away from Paddy's.

Then without warning his face contorted, his mouth opened and his teeth began to gnash, a

huge dribble of spittle dangled from his mouth, he looked like the chic from the Exorcist, those

at the bar were more than impressed, finally he struck the counter with his fist in front of Paddy

and rasped out the words in his finest Pirate accent.

A pint of grog Green Boyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy,


Paddy Green barred him on the spot.

The word Mon came from one of Dunmore 's and Portally's great old Gentlemen, Connie (

Fancy ) Power RIP, who after a few drinks would use the word Mon instead of the word Man.

The Arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Boyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy writings therefore will always have to use the

word Mon when describing a Man.

Arghhhhhhhhhh Boyyyyyyyyyy