WHILE O'Connell's ended a 24-year wait for Championship glory in Louth, their opponents in Sunday's Leinster final bridged a 35-year gap in landing the Intermediate title in Kildare.
One of the country's oldest clubs, Monasterevan were senior champions in 1977 but have experienced a barren spell since, failing to even reach a final at adult level until dispatching Raheems by 1-10 to 0-7 in Newbridge recently.
It was a richly deserved victory for the Kildare men and they also had eight points to spare over Roberstown, albeit after a replay, in the semifinal.
And they have carried that form impressively into Leinster, brushing aside the challenge of Fighting Cocks before accounting for Dublin champions Cuala in the semifinals.
That victory over Cuala ranks up there with O'Connell's first-round win over Emo, as the Dubliners were in two successive Dublin IFC finals before eventually winning at the third attempt against Paul Flynn's Fingallians in October.
On Sunday O'Connell's will have to make plans for cornerforward duo Mark and Gary Kelly, while midfielder Eoin Stapleton is also a key man for the 'Blues'.
The bookies certainly cannot separate the sides on Sunday, with Paddy Power making both teams even money to win in 60 minutes and the draw at 13/2.