Assembling for a wedding where bride and groom don't turn up
For the other Healy-Rae, Danny, it was as though we were in Croke Park for Kerry versus Dublin - but the referee had no ball.
Or, we had assembled in great numbers for a wedding - but the bride and groom didn't bother to show up. And in another plus for the Kilgarvan clan, we were spared the time-consuming charade of Danny nominating Michael for Taoiseach.
On the other hand, it took us an hour yesterday to find out something we have known since Sunday, February 28: that the numbers were not there to elect any of the party leaders as Taoiseach. We were not astonished that Enda Kenny, Micheál Martin, Gerry Adams or the late call-up to the list, Richard Boyd Barrett, all came up short.