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Kilkenny Ireland 2001

I lived in Kilkenny Ireland between September of 2001 and May of 2011, except for a year-and-a-half in Nijmegen NL and a year in Cork City.

New in town September 2001, I got a job at Lautrec's Brasserie.

It was a good time. I was living upstairs across from Syd Harkin's pub. Syd's was the "local" for the people I'd met on my third night in town — local for me in a literal, distinct way.

I'd gotten the apartment from an acquaintance of a coworker at Lautrec's. The place was a shithole, but it was mine, and I stayed in it for a year-and-a-quarter. Sometimes water came through a hole broken out of the kitchen ceiling.

After a while, a coworker got me a job at Moody Cool's, up on John Street where it's not now. After that folded into itself, I was out of work for a while. I pulled some Christmas trees. I was poor that winter.

I got a job at Heaton's, a small department store in the Market Cross Shopping Centre, in February of 2002. This was after the introduction of the euro — fortunately. The transition would have been grueling at the cash register.