The GAA produced a manifesto this time last year which was distributed to clubs around the country but many deemed the sentiments of 'Where We All Belong' to be out of touch with what was happening at grassroots level.
With the inter-county game turning into a runaway train, many clubs and their members felt like they were being left out in the cold and that the Association's vision had veered away from a community focus to a financial focus.
The GAA was never supposed to be about money with its core principles engrained in the community and it may have taken something as drastic as the coronavirus for those beliefs to have been redressed.
Clubs have provided a shining light through the darkest time in living memory and will continue to do so with vulnerable people in the community being catered for in a manner that paints the perfect picture of the what the core principles of the GAA are all about.
Grocery runs, trips to the pharmacy, lawn cutting and something as simple as providing a listening ear to the lonely and isolated are some of the invaluable services which GAA clubs are offering off their own bat and they wouldn't have it any other way.
Clubs continue to make the best out of a bad situation and show others the way with the GAA more important now than ever before.
With that in mind, it was noteworthy to see the GAA make a written commitment to resuming some form of club activity when in the clear from Covid-19.
While club activity remains suspended until at least May 5, Tuesday's statement read that "the GAA will accommodate both club and county games when sporting activity recommences" and it is imperative that club action becomes the central focus once again.
If the GAA get the green light, let it shine on the heartbeat of the Association. The best-case scenario is a resumption of club activity and getting the community back together around the games that matter is crucial.
Not only does it make sense as a method of paving the way towards inter-county action after a couple of months, it brings some semblance of normality following a turbulent period, something which Kerry football legend Tomás Ó Sé articulated to RTÉ earlier this week.
"It brings us together in every corner of every parish in the country like no other organisation does," Ó Sé said. "The GAA has always been about more than games; when the GAA is back up and running, people will feel safe, we'll feel like we're back to normal."
With the majority of clubs attempting to function without their weekly lotto - their sole source of fundraising - finances are in a bad state of affairs in some cases with long-term loans being repaid and a return to club action is needed to lift the gloom when safety permits.
The Club Players Association have lobbied hard for club players since their foundation just over three years ago and chairman Micheál Briody is adamant that "the only natural and logical way to ease back into action" is by putting the club centre stage again.
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"We talk about the mental health of the nation which is being tested at the moment, both financially and from a health point of view, so it's those 98 per cent that we've got to get back out on the playing fields, juveniles and ladies football and camogie as well," Briody said.
"You couldn't go back into inter-county action straight away and have the clubs held up for the whole summer because the mental health of the nation is more important than any pre-conceived calendars and it'd be great to just get everyone out playing again."
Briody longs for a scenario where a mandate comes for counties to provide two to three months to complete club championships if action resumes and he hopes the GAA see the glorious opportunity which is likely to present itself to right many wrongs of recent years.
"It's a massive opportunity for the GAA to really reconnect at community level," he states. "Sometimes opportunities come out of the blue. People say, 'We've got to take change slowly', and that's one of the things that we would have got from dealings with Croke Park over the years with presidents and DGs.
"'You have to move slowly,' but if Covid-19 has taught us anything, it's that complete and utter whirlwind change can happen and people adapt so quick, look how we have adapted to this situation so quickly.
"We'd all hope to get out on the playing fields and we're all very accepting of change. The GAA will equally accept strong direction from Croke Park if they take a sensible, community-based approach on this and give clubs the games they need to get back to normal."
Much like the merits of physical exercise, fresh air and getting away from technology, the coronavirus could be a seismic reminder of what really matters. A time of crisis brings a great opportunity for the GAA and they should seize this once-in-a-lifetime chance with both hands.
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Some day, probably not too soon, the public health experts and the Irish Government will give the green light for major sporting activity to resume.