“Good ‘eavens Missus Murphy
Who’s bringin Kevin to dis party?
He just got out tha clinker,
I don’t mean t’ be a stinker
But OY OY, what’s wid that boy?”
“Mr O Flaherty it is without regret you see
That I am young Kevin’s aunty
And his poor mother Kathleen
Suffering poorly and now unseen
She asked of me, to continue guardianship duty.”
“Ay Ay, I see’s 'Tis your duty indeed
The lads been a handful and takes no heed
Often I seen him wid me, very own eyes
Stealin’ from the likes of those upper crust guys
Twas only time before he was caught
Brazen as daylight, he seemed to care naught.”
“This party today is for Kevin, did you know?
Mr O Flaherty I realise, we reap what we sow
Kevin was a young lad when Kathleen got sick
His father had left her long before, when she, a mere whip-stick
And Kevin just a toddler in tow,
Poor Kathleen tried hard to keep up a good show”
“Aye Missus Murphy, I remember it well
That old man of Kathleen’s, he acted so swell
Poor woman I didn't know how she fared
That poor lil kid and she, were always so scared
'Twas good riddens when he finally went,
She was tired and looked so frightfully spent.”
“Correct you are Mr O Flaherty
A dastardly fellow he surely be
Kathleen managed as best she ever could
Kevin so young, never understood
Why at night his mother weak and worn
Would cry and say”, “Kevin, All will be better by the morn”
“Ay Ay, Missus Murphy I know it was tough
I know poor Kathleen had been through enough
But I still didn't ev-er understand
How young Kevin got so 'out O hand.'
I 'd scratches me head everyday, wondering wot ta do or say.”
“Mr O Flaherty Kevin stole food for them both to eat
Kathleen and Kevin, we did not know at the time, ate not even meat,
No food at all, so hard it be, Kevin stole, through necessity.
Most turned a blind eye until ...one day,
A new constable came this way and took young Kevin far away.”
“It was rumoured that in the clink he be..
Did ya know that Missus Murphy?"
"Aye I did Mr O Flaherty, but nigh that was not to be
Young Kevin was kept at the kind constables home
Sent to school to learn and showed how to earn.”
"Well! Well! Missus Murphy I’d ne’er have known
Twas only today I heard of the party and him comin’ on ‘ome."
"Praise! be! Mr O Flaherty this is! Kevin’s home coming party.
Now raise your mug for a toast,
Because Our Kevin has just been given a post
As our very new officer at the constabulary,
And it is your daughter who he wants to marry.
“Oh Gawd, Glory be, I'm shocked, Aye that I be
Cause I didn't’t even know that my Mary even felt so
She has been working in the city for a year or more now
An’ ya know Missus Murphy?
She said she met erself an Alfy
An ..Ne’er in a million years..
Would I have thought he be, Kevin Alfy...Spears.”
“Ahh! a surprise Mr O Flaherty?
And I think very soon together, we shall all be.”