The pressure of the longest murder trial in the history of the State took its toll on all those involved - with the judge calling it the "most difficult" trial he had presided over in 15 years.
Since last October, lawyers had argued over what evidence should go before the jury as well as disclosure to the defence. Both legal teams were led by two of the most experienced and respected barristers in the country.
Senior counsel Brendan Grehan oversaw the prosecution's case against Aaron Brady, who was being defended by Michael O'Higgins SC.
Mr Grehan previously prosecuted the two boys convicted of 14-year-old Ana Kriegel's murder. He also prosecuted serial killer Mark Nash who was convicted of the murders of Sylvia Sheils (55) and Mary Callanan (67) in Grangegorman in March 1997. His counterpart Mr O'Higgins had recently defended Patrick Hutch, charged with the Regency Hotel murder of David Byrne. The charge was later withdrawn following a high-profile trial.
There were, at times, days and weeks of legal argument during the seven months the Adrian Donohoe murder trial sat. Over a period of nine weeks the jury did not hear evidence due to the pandemic, and in part, because of ongoing legal issues being argued in their absence.
The drawn-out legal discourse would have a strain on all involved and presiding judge Mr Justice Michael White summed this up during one sitting in May.
He said it was the most difficult case he had presided over since the so-called Annabel's case, a high-profile trial in 2004 regarding the death of student Brian Murphy (18) who was beaten to death outside a Dublin nightclub.
He also complained that, in recent times, trials have been getting longer and said it was "absolutely ridiculous" a jury had been kept since January 27 while lawyers continued to engage in legal arguments on the evidence the jury would hear, saying it should "be the last trial ever where this happens. The law has to change."
Mr Justice White pointed out that the "relationship between the prosecution and defence has been particularly difficult" throughout the trial and, in another sitting, he accused the barristers of throwing around allegations of professional misconduct "like snuff at a wake".
He was, at times, pushed to anger and revealed during the trial that he had a document in front of him which he would read every day.
The note, he said, included advice such as being patient, calm, not to get distressed, not to be provoked and to be courteous at all times.
He told barristers about this to explain to them the pressure he was under during the trial and said that, on several occasions, he had walked out of court to his chambers "very, very angry" but hadn't shown it on the bench.
As the trial prepared to hear from Daniel Cahill, Mr Grehan accused the defence of creating "roadblocks" - and said the defence lacked discipline in its approach to the trial.
Mr O'Higgins said he would ignore the accusation that his team lacked discipline, calling it "bluster".
Following legal argument on May 1, over the calling of a US agent as a witness, Mr Justice White asked the experienced lawyers to "tone down" their intense arguments.
The judge said that he was conscious there were heavy responsibilities on the lawyers.
Mr Justice White said there was no issue at all with the honesty or integrity of the lawyers, and said he would "appreciate if we can get it toned down a bit".
The trial finally concluded after 121 days with the jury finding Aaron Brady guilty of capital murder.