LAST week's All-Ireland hurling final photograph of a deeply uncomfortable Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, talking to Brian Cowen whilst Bertie Ahern sits ignored in the foreground is poised to become the most iconic GAA photo since the famous spat between a bandaged Christy Ring and Mick Mackey in 1957.
When it comes to the latter, it took five decades to learn Mackey was telling the injured Ring, "you didn't get half enough of it''.
In contrast, when it comes to the previous Sunday's political rogues' gallery of Bertie, Brian Cowen and the rather more innocent Micheal Martin, the real story has emerged more swiftly.
Responding to queries as to who organised the tickets and whether Martin had known in advance he would be sitting beside the two ghosts of Fianna Fail past who destroyed the country, the FF leader said seating in the Ard Comhairle is "a GAA matter".
When it came to what he had said to Brian Cowen, the cautious Fianna Fail leader was keen to stress the conversation had never veered towards politics or the state of the nation.
The Fianna Fail leader noted: "GAA finals are so apolitical had Mayo won the football I would have cheered, it's a joyous occasion, mind you, I cheered for Dublin too, there are a few big constituencies there."
When it came to that moment when he met Brian Cowen, Micheal Martin added: "We basically talked about the previous game, Brian is a keen analyst."
Unlike the economic downturn, Cowen got the big game right.
Martin added: "Brian predicted it correctly, the result, I thought he was in contact with Jimmy Barry Murphy at one stage, he said it was time to get Tom Kenny on and a minute later, Tom was on the pitch."
Though Martin was impressed with Cowen's analytical skills (on the GAA front, at least), the Fianna Fail leader said he did "not have much chat with Bertie".
Probably referring to the fact that he had actually expelled Bertie Ahern from the party, Micheal Martin added: "To be fair, there is a bit of a difference there though no one can take Northern Ireland away from him, that saved lives though clearly there were flaws."
But Martin added that he had a better chance to shoot the breeze with Bertie the following day at the ladies football final between Cork and Monaghan.
"I had a bit of a chat with Bertie when we went for tea at half-time. Cork won by a point," he added, by way of clarification.
The Fianna Fail leader was, however, anxious to state that cosy tete-a-tetes with his predecessors, where they might swop tips, are not a feature of his political days.
"The only time we mostly meet now are at GAA matches and funerals," he said.
Mind you, seeing as the exiled Bertie can't attend the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis anymore, funerals and the GAA are the only places they probably can meet.