Go dtuga Dia solas na bhflaitheas dó. Our sincere condolences to the family of Jack Charlton and our colleagues in @FAIreland
A tweet from the official GAA account on Saturday afternoon was perhaps lost in the deluge of messages of sympathy and fondly recalled stories of an illuminating time in Irish sport and life that centred around the late Jack Charlton's stewardship of the Irish soccer team. But it carried some resonance nonetheless, because even the heaviest of boats were lifted on the tide that he generated.
A note of appreciation might have been stretching it, but like all aspects of Irish life at the time, there were benefits, even for a sporting organisation that was perceived to be potentially the biggest casualty of new interest in an international team that had a reach around the globe and had the capacity for growth in a sport that had been in the slipstream of Gaelic games in the Irish public consciousness.
On the contrary, Jack Charlton and his Irish soccer team were good for the GAA. The organisation might not have acknowledged it then and even some may smother the notion now, but a look at the changed landscape of the Association in the years that followed Euro '88 and especially Italia '90 and it's hard to make a case that there wasn't a link.
There's a danger of overplaying a role too in the days after the death of a figure like Charlton, but, still, his movement forced a rival sports organisation to have a look at itself, at how it did its business and what ways it could improve and grow. The outcome was, largely, very positive.
Michael Delaney was only a few years in place as Leinster GAA secretary when Euro '88 took place, but even now he can only see benefits from the team's qualification for and progression in major tournaments.
"Whether you were pro-soccer or anti-soccer, it changed the mood of the nation and I think we all won on it," reflected Delaney.
"We were all on a high as a result of Charlton and the Irish soccer team. It brought people out to games again. You have to remember we were in the doldrums with recession.
"But more people started going to Gaelic games, people started to appreciate sport and maybe more than anything, women started going to GAA matches who hadn't been going in such numbers before that," he said.
The early 1990s were among the most transformational in GAA history.
From the commencement of the redevelopment of Croke Park to the 1991 clearance for counties to have sponsorship logos on the front of jerseys to the sponsorship of competitions by 1994, to the beginning of competition change in 1997, the GAA came around to a different way of thinking and made decisions in a much sharper way.
All of these developments would have happened anyway, no doubt about that. But along what time-frame if Gary Mackay hadn't slipped that ball past the Bulgarian goalkeeper in late 1987, allowing Charlton to build on the foundations he had already laid?
How much did Opel's astute sponsorship of the soccer team on that rising tide prompt the GAA to look at relaxing its own sponsorship prohibitions and allow counties and clubs to cash in? Even the proliferation of jersey-wearing at international games took off in the Charlton era and quickly intensified on championship summer Sundays.
Next week the Cúl Camps resume and while they're not going to reach the record figures of last year's 146,000, they have still become an indelible part of a summer for so many young Irish people.
And even that concept has a link back to the early days of the Charlton era. When Ireland reached Euro '88, there was a sense of unease about the possible ramifications for an indigenous sport and its market share.
The concern led to then GAA president John Dowling arranging a meeting in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin to examine what approach to take.
The upshot was every county got a promotion grant of £500 to stage club summer camps and since then they have evolved through various guises into what they are today.
Again the concept would have been developed anyway but, as the GAA's former head of coaching and games development Pat Daly recalled, "this (Euro '88) brought it to a head," though Daly does credit former Wexford secretary Mick Kinsella for recognising the need in the first place for such camps as Irish society continued to change.
"There was an increased consciousness and awareness around doing something to make sure that we were operating as effectively as possible and were doing everything we should and could have been doing," recalled Daly of the mood at administrative level.
"Games development was a relatively new phenomenon, it didn't equate with coaching.
"You had people like Colm Bonnar. He was recruited as a coach in Waterford and he was working out of the IT, covering schools in Waterford. So there were summer camps at the time and we worked through various iterations of those until we nationalised them around 2008."
Some arguments were put forward over the weekend that Irish soccer never properly capitalised on the impact of Charlton and his team. Inadvertently, he was one of the catalysts for progression in the GAA which could no longer take its market share for granted.
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Ahead of USA 94, Eamon Dunphy assessed Jack Charlton's football legacy in the Sunday Independent, from his time as a World Cup winner with England to his major tournament breakthrough as Ireland manager. As the nation mourns Charlton's passing, here is how Dunphy summed up his contribution to football 26 years ago.