It has been a mixed few days for the GAA and its relationship with anti-doping regulations.
Over a conference call on Tuesday, some of the most senior figures in Sport Ireland confirmed that the GAA remained almost exclusively a 'clean' sport.
Chief Executive John Treacy and Director of Participation and Ethics Dr Una May revealed that GAA players were tested 135 times in 2019, using blood and urine testing in and out of competition, and recorded no adverse findings. There were also four tests each in camogie and ladies' football, all of which also came back clean.
However, just a few hours later, Carlow footballer Ray Walker released a statement confirming that he was the player at the centre of the failed test reported last weekend. Walker said he was accepting his ban because he wanted it all to be over, rather than any admission of guilt.
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By accepting a four-year suspension, his will serve by far the longest ban of a GAA player since testing began. And given that he's 35, it's unlikely he'll pull on a pair of boots again.
Walker pointed out in his statement that he hadn't received "any anti-doping training or education" since he returned to the county panel last winter. It was a reminder for the inter-county body and the GAA at large that complacency is the enemy when it comes to clean sport.
"I can only speak from our perspective, and our dieticians and those who advise us could not have stressed any more how important the issue of strict liability is for anything you put in your body," Kerry star Stephen O'Brien said on Tuesday.
"Obviously you're not getting tested every game, but I can't see performance enhancing drugs being a big issue. I don't know for sure."
Kerry had their own brush with anti-doping regulations when Brendan O'Sullivan failed a test in the wake of the 2016 league final defeat to Dublin and served a 21-week ban. Adherence to Sport Ireland's policy is a strict condition of the government grants scheme that is worth around €3m to players annually, while Sport Ireland spent almost €2m on the program in 2019.
And while testing can often be inconvenient, coming as it does in the immediate aftermath of matches, O'Brien accepts that they have to happen.
"Definitely, 100 per cent, you have to have testing and the threat of getting caught. The penalties are very severe for a positive test and that's probably correct because it's very important to have everyone on a level playing field."
For the large part, life is continuing as normal for the Kenmare man. Working as an engineer for the PM Group and based at the Janssen Sciences campus in Ringaskiddy in Cork, his work has been deemed an essential service.
Outside of his day job, things are very different. His house-mates have gone home so he's on his own in Cork while Kerry haven't trained together since early March.
He hasn't got back to Kenmare either, where his mother runs a B&B and should be gearing up for the busy tourist season.
"It's a serious tourist town," he continued. "It's unfortunate timing. There's never probably a good time for it but it's a seasonal industry so you'd have said traditionally it would be picking up after Paddy's Day so April would be busier and hopefully have a good summer in May, June and July.
"My mother at home has a bed and breakfast. That has completely stopped. At first the cancellations came in a trickle and then there was just a flood so it is difficult for her. The tourist industry is obviously shut down for a while but it remains to be seen how it rebounds, even when the whole thing goes away. It's definitely difficult economically."
As for a return to football, it feels like it's a long way away. There's plenty of speculation and suggestions as to how they could return to the pitch but there's too many variables just now to put any meaningful plan in place. As O'Brien puts it, things have to improve substantially before those conversations can be had.
"You obviously need a very robust test for players if they go back, to ensure all players didn't have it. I'm not sure how feasible that is.
"In terms of everyone playing the game, you would think you're young and fit and healthy so the virus isn't as much of a risk to those playing but it's just the people you're in contact with. How can you justify . . . maybe you get over it but then you give it to a loved one who isn't as fortunate. So the situation has to be in a lot better state than the moment."