My God, that was dramatic, wasn't it? Every time an election comes along, the rest of us are given a glimpse into just what it is that attracts politics junkies to the game.
It's absolutely gripping, as if someone has blended together the keenest, most exciting elements of sport and movies - with the added bite of knowing that, unlike those two, this is stuff that profoundly matters to everyone's life.
It was also a reminder, not that one was needed, of how excellent Irish radio often is, particularly in covering current affairs. We like to criticise, find fault and slag off - indeed, for this job, it's part of the brief - but when it comes to elections and referendums, our radio surely stands in comparison with the best in the world.
In a way, it's almost impossible to review the election coverage, because there was so much of it, and it was all really good. I'm not one of those aforementioned politics junkies but was glued to the radio for days.
Not alone because of the inherent drama of the Sinn Féin surge and all the rest of it, but also the sheer quality of the broadcasting - to the extent that it would almost be unfair to name names. Everyone was on top of their game and this was radio gold, across the stations.
And not only the Big Two of talk radio, Newstalk and Radio 1. They went more-or-less 24-7 on it as results came in on Saturday and Sunday, even putting several sports shows on pause for the first time that I can remember. But all stations provided frequent and lengthy updates, reports, interviews and analyses, including my own local, Clare FM, which did a fine job live from the iconic Falls Hotel, where the count was taking place.
And what speed these things develop at. By the time the weekend turned into the week, we'd already moved on from the actual counting - unusually, all seats were filled within a few days of polling - to the even more tangled issue of forming a government.
We heard permutations being discussed, "what does this all mean" contextualising, more than one Sinn Féin figure landing in hot water for some unwise words at their moment of triumph, and much more. And through it all, radio was there to bring clarity, information, perspective and even a little dose of sanity.
This election, as with all others, was a great expression of democracy, regardless of how you voted. And it was an even greater demonstration of the surpassing quality of Irish radio.
Sadly, the death of Keelin Shanley cast a black shadow over everything. With bitter irony, the brilliant current affairs broadcaster died on polling day. Her absence was felt throughout, and will be for a long time.
That fine psephologist and analyst, the late Noel Whelan, was also sorely missed this year. RIP to both.