From the politicians who added their nicknames to the ballot paper to the two candidates separated by a single vote, here are seven (more) things we've learned from these elections...

1. Did candidates with nicknames get elected?

There is a long-standing tradition in Irish politics for candidates with nicknames on the ballot paper to get elected to public office. So how did they fair this weekend?

Among those elected were Fianna Fáil's Philip 'The Gunner' Brady in Ballyjamesduff in Cavan; Fine Gael's Michael 'Moegie' Maher in Loughrea in Galway; Fine Gael's Seamus 'Cosaí' Fitzgerald in Corca Dhuibhne in Kerry; Independent Michael 'Botty' O'Callaghan in Killarney; Fianna Fáil's Peter 'Chap' Cleere in Callan-Thomastown in Kilkenny; Independent John 'Rocky' McGrath in Newport, Co Tipperary, and Sinn Féin's Dermot 'Daisy' O'Brien in Bray West, Co Wicklow.

Among those who were unsuccessful were Independent Frank 'Pinky' Cullinan in Ennis, Co Clare; Independent Michael 'Pixie' O'Gorman in Listowel, Co Kerry; Sinn Féin's Michael 'Chinny' Donovan in Roscrea-Templemore and Independent John 'Texas' Byrne in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.

2. The slowest count

Spare a thought for the 12 candidates vying for the six seats in the Ballymahon local electoral area in Longford.

Polls closed at 10pm on Friday night. The ballot boxes were opened across the country for the sorting of votes at 9am on Saturday. They had to wait until almost 7pm this evening for the first count. A total of 6,638 votes were being counted there.

People waiting around in count centres like that should be reminded that it is just Day Three. That's relatively short compared to some counts in the past.

It took ten days of counting in Dublin South Central in 1992 before Ben Briscoe of Fianna Fáil beat Eric Byrne of Democratic Left to take the last seat.

3. Independents' Day

A lot has been made of the 'Green wave', Sinn Féin's woes, and the battle between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to become the biggest party of local government. But it should not be overlooked that it has been a good weekend for independent candidates.

With over 900 seats out of 949 seats filled, Independent candidates had filled over 180 of them. That amounts to almost 20% of the first preference votes cast last Friday.

If you set this against the last locals five years ago, there has been a 3% increase in support for independents.

Compared with the 2016 General Election, there has been a 4 point increase in their support.

We do not know exactly when the next general election will be. But we can be pretty sure that independents could again be the kingmakers when it comes to the bigger parties forming the next government.

4. The tightest margin

In democracies across the world, politicians preach the mantra that "Every vote counts".

That point certainly rang true in the Bantry electoral area in west Cork this weekend. Independent candidate Finbarr Harrington on 1,865 was just one vote ahead of Social Democrats candidate Holly McKeever Cairns. This tight margin spurred a recount and delays at the count centre there.

5. Sean Lemass' great-grandchild elected

Independent candidate Rory O'Connor was elected in the Bray West local electoral area this weekend. The 20-year-old from Enniskerry is the great-grandson of former Taoiseach Séan Lemass.

Another great-grandson Cathal Haughey lost out on a seat on Dublin City Council in the Clontarf local area.

He is the grandson of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey and nephew of Fianna Fáil TD Sean Haughey.

Hannah Lemass, another one of the late Sean Lemass' great grandchildren, was also unsuccessful in her bid to win a seat on Dublin City Council in the Cabra-Glasnevin electoral area.

6. Ireland's oldest councillor re-elected

89-year-old Ian McGarvey, who is Ireland's oldest public representative, retained his seat this weekend.

The long-standing independent councillor won the third and final seat in the Milford electoral area to be returned to Donegal County Council.

From Ramelton, he unsuccessfully contested for a Dáil seat in the February 1982 as a Fianna Fáil candidate. He fell short as an independent candidate in three subsequent general elections. First elected to Donegal County Council in 2004, he was re-elected in 2009, 2014 and now 2019.

Last year he became Ireland's oldest mayor, when he was elected Mayor of the Letterkenny municipal district. After a marathon count five years ago, footage of him jiving at 3am in the Letterkenny count centre circulated on social media.

7. A new Ireland

A number of 'New Irish' candidates were elected this weekend.  Among them was Limerick’s first Muslim councillor. First time Fianna Fáil candidate Abul Kalam Azad Talukder was elected on the final count in the Limerick City West area.

Fine Gael's Kazi Ahmed was elected on the ninth count in the Glencullen-Sanydord Local Electoral Area to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Originally from Bangladesh, Mr Kazi came to Ireland 17 years ago.

Others elected include Fine Gael's Baby Pereppadan in Tallaght South, who is originally from India.

Another successful Indian-born candidate was Fine Gael's Punam Rane. She was elected in the Blanchardstown-Mulhuddart local electoral area to Fingal County Council.

Swedish-born Madeline Johansson was elected for Solidarity-People Before Profit in the Palmerstown-Fonthill area to South Dublin County Council. She was previously co-opted onto the council to replace Gino Kenny when he was elected a TD in 2016.