12-year-old Jamesie Boyle, of Knightswood in Glasgow, is to sue his uncle, Seamus Boyle, after he was allegedly seduced into working a 17-hour stint in a Cashelnagore bog while visiting Donegal with his family last summer. It is thought that the family dispute could end up being a landmark case that could see the floodgates open for thousands of similar claims from second-generation Irish cousins living overseas.
“It was terrible, I didnae ken if it was ever gonnae end,” said a distraught Jamesie in an exclusive interview with Donegal Dollop, “ma cousins kept goin’ on aboot this ‘magical, mythical land of excitement’ called ‘the bog’ and I got excited when ma uncle said he was gonnae show me what it was like, but when we got there it was just this brown, soggy wasteland and ma cousins were awe pissin’ themsels laughin’ at me.”
Jamesie allegedly spent 17 hours being eaten by midges while trying to master the ancient art of ‘footing’ and suffered third degree burns as a result of the baking heat. He allegedly received no monetary compensation for his efforts, his only reward being a Country Spring bottle of ‘tae’, which was stored in the murky waters of the bog itself, and some blackened ‘hang sangiches’, which had been squashed beyond recognition during the tractor journey there. Earlier promises that he would be allowed to drive the tractor some of the way home were also allegedly reneged upon.
The case may not be a simple one, however, as Jamesie’s uncle Seamus is reportedly counter-suing his Scottish relatives for allegedly “eating him out of house and home” during their unannounced three week visit, during which he also alleges they ate all of ‘the good biscuits’.