August 17th, 2016:
I am cycling through the village of Kinvara, Co. Clare, wearing a pair of jeans and a hoodie rather than cycling gear. There is a debs' ball taking place in the village and around 100 young ladies are on the streets of the town before it. This scene resembles a human box of Quality Street from afar.
I cycle through the village slowly, taking in the scene, and then cycle away from the village in the direction of Galway. I misjudge a right hand bend, fail to take it properly and overshoot my bicycle into a grass bank/hedge on the left hand side of the road.
However, unbeknownst to me there is barbed wire (with the barbs being needles) protruding out from the hedge. I look down and feel what is initially a minor twinge. I unbutton my jeans and find that a needle has gone right through the shaft of my penis and there is blood everywhere.