In a court in Killarney, deep in Munster, Ireland, this conversation is reported to have taken place:
Lawyer: ‘At the scene of the accident, Mr O’Shea, did you tell the Garda officer that you had never felt better in your life?’
O’Shea the farmer: ‘That’s right, sir.’
Lawyer: ‘Well then, Mr O’Shea, how is it that you are now claiming you were seriously injured when my client’s car hit your cart?’
O’Shea the farmer: ‘When the Garda arrived, he went over to my horse, who had a broken leg, and shot him. Then he went over to Darcy, my dog, who was badly hurt, and shot him.
Then the policeman came across the road, gun still in hand, looked at me, and said, ‘How are you feeling?’ I just thought under the circumstances, it was a wise choice of words to say: ‘I’ve never felt better in my life.’