DINGLE, IRELAND—Authorities issued a restraining order Wednesday against Seamus McKinnon for the protection of neighbor Chloe Kelly. In her report Kelly mentions months of McKinnon's erratic behavior that came to a head in several verbal altercations with the man.
Until recently, Kelly and McKinnon both attended weekly game nights, always making a point to play their mutually favorite game, Settlers of Catan.
"He became obsessive about Catan," says Kelly. "Playing alone for hours outside of game night, examining, refining different strategies. Started to be no fun to play with him anymore."
About the same time, reports surfaced about McKinnon antagonizing local sheep raisers. Jenny Murphy, the first to report McKinnon's campaign, answered the man's knocking on the door, not knowing what to expect. "He held out a huge rotten log and asked to have a sheep from my flock," says Murphy. She was unfamiliar with the game of Catan. "I told him to leave. He didn't like that. Started shouting about how I was ganging up on him."
Other residents reported similar incidents, culminating in an exasperated McKinnon offering three rotten logs for one sheep. "You win a few times, and people decide you're not worth trading with," says McKinnon. "You're literally handing them the victory and they say 'Nope! I'll never trade with you!'"