Joan was floundering, Donnelly fared well, Enda stuck to the script - and Ireland reacted online...
Twitter says there were over 69,000 Tweets sent during last night's debate.
This time around Joan Burton was the most discussed leader, with Enda Kenny following close behind.
However with the addition of the three extra parties, this saw Micheal Martin pushed down with Stephen Donnelly moving up the list.
And although the Green Party was not at the debate, they seemed to still have an impact on Twitter.
The most important question after that debate...
— Newstalk Elections (@ElectionNT) February 15, 2016
As we began it seemed things were to be different...
But not that different. The Taoiseach can never be accused of wavering from a line at election time.
The scripted lines were out early for Gerry and Joan
Micheal Martin wasn't fooling everyone
Labour Party does social media
The Taoiseach's performance wasn't getting everyone's pulse racing
I'm shitting myself that Enda's batteries are going to die live on air and Gerry Adams will be forced to hot-wire him. #leadersdebate— Colm Tobin (@colmtobin) February 15, 2016
Newstalk Lunchtime's Jonathan Healy was monitoring audience feedback as the debate unfolded
Stephen Donnelly's evidence based approach and distinct distance from the other candidates was winning him fans
There was questions from the crowd on what can be done for rural Ireland
Has rural Ireland started to feel any recovery? #leadersdebate— Jonathan Healy (@jonathanhealy) February 15, 2016
The Taoiseach tonight added 'Crying Mayo Man' to the mythical 'Man With Two Pints'
Donnelly was flying as the more established performers floundered
if Stephen Donnelly stopped talking now he would still be head and shoulders the best speaker tonight. #leadersdebate— mark raftery (@mark_raftery) February 15, 2016
It was a rough debate for the Labour leader, who never settled and seemed on the back foot from start to finish
And it didn't get better for Burton
Joan Burton waving her hands a lot which reminds me of poem "not waving but drowning". Cruel perhaps but she's having difficult night #GE16— Matt Cooper (@cooper_m) February 15, 2016
The red carpet rolled out for Donald Trump came in for attack
The AAA/PBP representative got a rousing reception to his demands on jobs
It was quit a long time before we got a break
I'd say the whole nation is mad for a cup of tea, are we getting a break at all?! #leadersdebate— Mark Cullen (@themarkcullen) February 15, 2016
And overall? Enda escaped without any major damage, Labour look worse than ever, and the independents might expect their support to enjoy a bump in the following days