The Irish tri-colour was raised in glory at the World Indoor Athletics Championships - but it's not exactly what you think.
Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure stormed to glory in the women's 60m and as she celebrated, she realised she had no flag to drape around her shoulders.
Up stepped quick-thinking Irish fans in the crowd who threw her a tri-colour which, of course, is the exact same as an Ivory Coast flag when flipped around the other way.
When asked about the incident after the race, Ahoure told the BBC: "Oh yes, and I just flipped it upside down. It's just the opposite so I said, 'ok, we will just make it work'. It's the exact same flag."
Perhaps it says a lot about how outclassed Irish athletes have been at recent World Indoor Championships that the last time one of them escaped the opening round was 2010, but that troubling trend was broken yesterday after a courageous, classy performance from Phil Healy.
He laughs when he thinks back, the outrageous misfortune of it all. It was the biggest moment of Thomas Barr's year, the race he'd been working towards for 10 months, and there he was, sick as a dog - absent without leave.
It started with disappointment, flickered with glimmers of hope, but ultimately ended with a whimper. For the Irish, the World Indoors in Birmingham will be filed away with the other major championships since the Rio Olympics - one where they were present alright, but in truth had very little presence.