Following the carnage on Sunday, there was one question which hung in the air and was waiting to be asked - 'why would a player with a weaker county be bothered with it all?'
Speaking to the press afterwards, Longford centre half back Mickey Quinn fielded questions about the difficulty of motivating oneself to play county football after days like Sunday.
He refused to bristle at the thought and contemplated the question honestly.
He admitted that the question is one that crops up from time to time but ultimately said he keeps going because he's from Longford and he keeps going in the hope that there will be brighter days.
When your family is behind you and the girlfriend is asking you, 'What's in it for you?'. It's risk versus reward.
You can't give a straight answer, that's just they way it is and that's it. Look it, I wouldn't change it, I'm from Longford. You're going to fight and try to bring Longford forward. I think Longford can be in a better place than we are at the moment. There's lot of improvements we can make and young lads coming on.
He admitted he wasn't sure what to think about the proposal that Longford step into a 'B' championship with a host of other Division 3 and 4 sides.
He said the dream is always to win an All-Ireland but acknowledges that this was not a realistic possibility for Longford.