It was a day when another pathetic hoax security alert caused mass disruption to ordinary people’s lives.
It was a day when the murky underworld of terrorism and tribal politics reared its ugly head to grind most of Belfast to a virtual halt.
It was a day when those with little or nothing to offer society decided to flex their unmandated muscle.
Thankfully, it was also a day when the Irish League family stood its ground and insisted: ‘The show must go on’.
Saturday’s security alert at the M1 motorway wasn’t the first hoax to plague Belfast, and you can be pretty sure it won’t be the last.
But despite the upheaval, the business of the Danske Bank Premiership continued amidst the chaos.
Three games were delayed due to the disruption, including Dungannon Swifts’ trip to Windsor Park to face league leaders Linfield.
The match was put back to 3.45pm as players, officials and fans attempted to dissect their way through the traffic jams and make it to the international stadium.
Dungannon manager Darren Murphy admitted it took him almost three hours to journey from Dungannon to South Belfast.
It would have been easy for both clubs to have reached mutual agreement and pull the plug on the fixture.
Squeeze it into another midweek date to avoid any further stress.
But that reasonable solution was never on Murphy’s radar.
The Swifts boss reached agreement with Linfield counterpart David Jeffrey that the game would go ahead, regardless of how long it would take the visitors to arrive at the ground.
“The most important thing for me was that the game went ahead,” Murphy said after his side’s 2-0 defeat.
“What people get out of doing what they did before the match, I have absolutely no idea.
“For me, you look out onto the pitch and you have both sides of the community represented.
“You have people turning up to play a game of football.
“I contacted David (Jeffrey) before the game to make sure the game would go ahead. I said we would make it to Windsor Park at some stage, and however long it would take us we would be there.
“We went through Moira, Hillsborough, Carryduff and then down onto the Outer Ring and onto Tates Avenue – it was a scenic drive.
“We left Stangmore at 12.15pm and we arrived at Windsor after 2.45pm – so over two-and-a-half hours.”
We should be proud of Murphy’s indomitable spirit.
Most of us would have conceded defeat, but sometimes the show must go on.