Nomination wars can take much of the gloss off the party
Sporting memory men and women among you will recall that Denmark won soccer's European Championships in 1992 without even qualifying. Thanks to extraordinary politics of the day, the Danes got a late call-up because the country known as Yugoslavia fell asunder, even though their footballers had actually qualified for the finals.
Those of you who prefer politics to sport may struggle to see any relevance to contemporary Ireland's political doings. But trust me, there is, and it is the reality that everything is possible if you can only get to the competition.
Thus, many seasoned politicians know the election was by far the easier part of things. Getting the nomination from one of the main parties was the real bugbear.