Some heavy reading dropped last week in the form of the GAA annual report.
here has been plenty of publicity on the finances - and with good reason too.
Much of the focus in the latter end of last year was on governance issues in some counties. Now there is shelter from the storm in the shape of really healthy central returns which show the GAA raking in almost €74m in 2019.
And this of course is just one arm of the GAA. It does not include revenues from provincial councils, county boards or clubs. On the face of it, this is an organisation which is rolling in cash.
It is also an organisation which is generally well run, looking at the bare figures.
County board balance sheets are relatively healthy while in many cases the best administrators of all are in charge of clubs. The GAA is truly a wonderful community effort, full of selfless people who take great enjoyment out of helping others.
There is a 'but' of course - and it is a big one too. When intervention was sought from officials in Croke Park to sort out financial problems in Mayo I couldn't help laughing.
Who was intervening from Croke Park when far worse issues came to light in Páirc Uí Chaoimh? Some in the GAA have sneered at the incompetence of the FAI. Well to my mind what happened in Cork is on a par.
This is a stadium which is now open for a couple of years and has not been filled yet for any GAA match. Nor will it be, apart from once every five years, perhaps not even then. Only 1,658 turned up last Sunday for a football league match.
It is in the wrong place, and it is too big. It is a monument to vanity but, worse still, incompetence. There are a number of very serious governance issues surrounding this project which have never been satisfactorily answered.
Who sanctioned this colossal waste of both taxpayers' and GAA money? Who was supposed to be monitoring the project in Croke Park? Who decided to bail it out?
If the Management Committee or Central Council were doing their job properly they would have ordered an enquiry by some reputable agency to get all the answers as to how this went so wrong. Then those responsible could be held accountable.
This may sound draconian but this is what happens in the real world. The GAA solution is to bail out the project and then everyone is saddled with a debt of around €20m, on top of all the other millions which have already been buried in sand, gravel, steel and concrete.
This is not a victimless crime. Every club looking for a grant suffers. So will a lot of other grounds in need of urgent repair and renewal, or counties looking to build a compact stadium for 15,000 to 20,000 spectators - as Cork should have done - with all the most modern facilities in terms of extra pitches to train county teams and play schools and colleges matches.
What a wasted opportunity it was - and at everyone's expense. There are enough big grounds in Munster. Every emperor does not need to build a new palace.
So when director general Tom Ryan brings up the escalating costs of county teams it is small potatoes compared to this one project which will run to around €100m.
This is the biggest governance malfunction in the history of the state, on par pro rata with the Children's hospital mess. Is there anyone on Central Council or Management who will demand answers?
The cost of county teams is currently a millstone on county boards. All sorts of expensive paid specialists have their fingers in the amateur pie.
Go figure that one. Most people jump to conclusions and blame all spending on the county senior sides but there are so many county teams in football and hurling at all ages that they hoover up nearly all the money around.
At this stage there are a lot of counties who resemble a dog chasing its tail. The county sides spend ever-increasing amounts of money, and the board has to keep increasing its efforts, to bring in that finance.
It would be a very interesting exercise for every county board to put together a group of experts, some from within and some with 'no skin in the game', to look at finance and evaluate what is the best way to spend money for development and wellbeing at all levels.
My guess is that a lot of county teams might then go hungry. Not because there would be a vested interest against them but GAA money is like the definition of economics, it is a science which studies ends and scarce means which have alternate uses.
The scarce means is money and there are any amount of alternate uses, one of which is county teams from under-14 to senior. The others are club development and games - something which often seems to be forgotten.
So, at a first glance over last year's county boards accounts, counties are doing well. There is little overspend and many have a rainy-day fund.
Prudent management - but the question which should always be asked is: Should the money be spent another way? Such critical evaluation brings better governance.
It did not take long for the GPA to enter the fray, with studs up, to defend the county players who they claim are depicted as the 'problem child' of the GAA.
Yet I can't find anything ever being said that does not acknowledge that they are a wonderful group of talented players whose efforts give brilliant entertainment and help fund projects all over the country.
The GPA could take on board the words of the greatest amateur boxer, Teófilo Stevenson, who was offered and declined $1m in the 1970s to fight Muhammad Ali.
He said "what is a million dollars compared to the love of eight million Cubans". A lot of people are getting a bit fed up of the GPA constantly demanding money. Somebody should tell them it is a vulgar subject, not suitable for refined conversation.
The GPA executives do not mention money in the context of their wages. The GAA at central level pay themselves well too even if the accounts do not reveal how much they earn individually, but €1.76m for the top 14 is a lot of bread and numero uno must take a fair slice.
Why can't all the salaries be revealed? Everyone can see how much a school principal earns, a teacher, a civil servant, the President of the country, TDs, Ministers, even the Taoiseach.
John Delaney's mantra was that he was worth a king's ransom because there were private enterprises offering him bigger money.
At least we are spared that rubbish in the GAA but we should know what is going on. It does not mean they are paid too much, but that is not the point.
Then there is the proposed development of Clonliffe College. Maybe I am missing something here but my reading of it is that if the GAA can sell on the facility, end up with a hotel and several playing pitches on the 31 acres and not have any debt then it must be a reasonably good deal.
They are not making any more land so having high quality grounds in the centre of Dublin is a massive boost.
There are many other issues to examine. These must wait for another day but it is best to finish on a positive.
The financing of good quality, enthusiastic full-time coaches who go around schools and clubs has been a huge benefit for the GAA.
It helps create an interest in our games with young children which, with proper fostering, can last a life time. No money could buy that.
It is the same love that Teófilo Stevenson spoke about.