Posted by CahirO at 7/2/2009 5:42 PM EDT

The squabble over Michael Jackson's will reminds me of something my Irish father once told me: every Irish story begins or ends with an inheritance.

Next week I'll be writing about some remarkable Irish family squabbles over will's and inheritances that I've watched from the sidelines.

In the meantime, if you have any epic tales of vilainy over inheritances please feel free to post them here. It's a side of us that's not often discussed, but it can say so much about our attitudes, hopes and fears.