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Dunmore East is a small fishing village on
the south-east coast of Ireland, 16kms from
the city of Waterford.
It sits on the western side of the Waterford
Harbour Estuary, 4.8kms from Hook Head in
Dunmore East, Co. Waterford,
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.