Self-Esteem, Itself a Steam
by Dan
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BOAT - "I Really, Really Think You Should Rethink Your Life"

"On 4 Feb 1831, Daniel Beirne was convicted with his master, Hugh Mulvey, and sentenced to 7 years in Carrick on Shannon for the crime of taking possession of a house. Beirne states his widowed mother and six children are dependent on his support. petition: Co Leitrum" [source]

It's true, I can't and I won't hide from it any longer. I met ol' Hugh Mulvey ('The Minge' we used to call him) at St. Davitt's where I took a reading class and mostly oggled girlies. We would sneak pints out the back door of Brady's Pub during the rush, and stumble down to Gravelside and throw rocks at each other. Eventually we got to talking, and The Minge could talk a pitter into a storm, believe you me, and by the end of it, I was the willing employee of Lord Mulvey, heir to the famous Mulvey fortune, and great landowner. He said that by just claiming to own land, we would own it. I'm reading it myself now, and I'm shaking my head at my own dear daft brain, but I believed it; I believed him. Ol' Carson Garvins, the rattiest ol' sod in all of county Leitrum, had just died in his sad little farm on Shieldstone Hill, so The Minge and I just moved right in. Took nothing but my leathers and a drawing my little sister had done of a crab that was too big for the sea, and sat our stupid little fannies down to rest. Well, I don't need to tell you we got nipped, and I spent 7 goddamned years in Carrick. But that's over now, and I'm picking myself up now. I'm learning something new once a week, just little things: for instance, I learned to tell a joke the other day. What's a nobleman and a stableboy have in common? They both shovel shite for a living. It cracked the whole gang up at Brady's. Mum and the kids didn't laugh so much.

[Boat previously on StG: Me, Jordan]

Posted by Dan at June 22, 2007 2:02 AM

Convictions were more interesting back then.

Posted by Sean at June 22, 2007 5:48 PM

he stole my ancestors house! Grrrr (my name is Garvin, and I'm from the Leitrim/Sligo area. no s though)

Posted by DapperAnarchist at June 23, 2007 8:34 AM

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