The tale of the burglar boy in print will seem far from amusing, being a short piece about larceny and a death threat no less. In the mouth of a master storyteller, it transcends into a hilarious, salutary tale to bring the house down. The late Bertie Bryce from Inch Island in Inishowen told stories for nine decades and it shows. His timing, his intonation and his verbal dexterity all made him the outstanding storyteller of his area. I heard this story told in many settings, with differing crowds and the result was always the same - Bertie stole the show every time.