In the borderlands of that age-old Munster-Leinster hurling rivalry, it was a story of agony and ecstasy.
The town of Urlingford echoed to the disbelieving cheers of Tipperary fans as they wildly celebrated the county's 28th All-Ireland title and a famous 14-point victory over Kilkenny.
For Premier County fans, it was the unexpected nature of the 2019 Liam MacCarthy Cup triumph - and the emphatic dismissal of old rivals Kilkenny's challenge - that made the title all the sweeter.
Tipp fans gathered in the village just 3km from the Premier County border and vowed to make it a night to remember.
Nicholas Healy's Urlingford Arms was packed to the rafters with Tipp and Kilkenny supporters, many from so-called 'mixed' GAA marriages.
"I'd better be careful how we celebrate tonight because my partner, Noelle, is a Kilkenny woman," jubilant Oscar Collins from Thurles explained.
"But it was a great Tipp performance - that is as good as I've seen them hurl in years."
Cinta Tobin, from Thurles, wasn't too worried about the wounded pride of her Kilkenny partner, Edward Doran.
"God knows we've had to put up with the Cats celebrating enough times over the years. Tonight it's Tipp's turn to party," she said.
Proud Tipperary woman Breda Hickey and her friend, Margaret Fennessy, said the Premier County may have had a little divine help with their 2019 title.
"Fr John Joe O'Rourke gave out the Hurler's Prayer at Mass in Gortnahoe (Tipperary)," she smiled.
"It's absolutely brilliant - it's lovely to see Tipp bring the All-Ireland home."
Margaret Fennessy is the aunt of soccer star Shane Long. "He would have loved to be here today - it was a brilliant atmosphere," she said.
Eileen Lanphier, from Horse and Jockey, said the victory would be celebrated for weeks to come in Tipperary.
"It is unbelievable - what a performance," she said.
Meanwhile, black-and-amber clad fans in the Kilkenny village fought back tears, drowned their hurling sorrows, shrugged their shoulders and did their best to be magnanimous to their jubilant Tipperary neighbours.
But Mags McCarthy, from Urlingford said Kilkenny under Brian Cody would be back.
Cats fan Noreen McCarthy said the sending-off changed the entire match.
"It was a different game after that," she said.
Elaine McGrath, from Urlingford, whose son Conor hurled with Emeralds GAA club and the Kilkenny senior team, said the black and amber would learn their lessons and be back stronger than ever next year to try to deliver their 37th title.
"This is a young side. They will be back at Croke Park again," she said.
The two counties have now faced each other six times in the past 11 years for the Liam MacCarthy Cup.