Managements put in place for pre-Christmas interpro series
All four provinces have put management teams in place for next month's interprovincial hurling and football championships.
The much-maligned competitions were wiped off the schedule by bad weather last December and with no room on the schedule to play them in January, 2015 will remain blank on the record books.
This year's competitions will be played on the weekend of December 10/11.
John Tobin, Ja Fallon (both Galway) and Martin Carney (Mayo) take charge of Connacht footballers, while Galway's Micheál Donoghue will preside over the hurlers' effort.
Fermanagh boss Pete McGrath will manage Ulster footballers, with 'Sambo McNaughton (Antrim) running the hurling effort. Anthony Daly takes charge of Munster hurlers with Ger O'Sullivan (Cork) over the footballers, while Leinster's managers are Dublin's Ciaran Hetherton (hurling) and Meath's Sean Kelly (football).
Playing the interprovincials two weeks before Christmas feeds into the widely-held view that the competitions are very low on the priority list.
Many of the GAA's top power-brokers have regularly backed the abolition of the interprovincials, claiming that they are no longer relevant in a much-changed environment. Specifically, they argue that it's not possible to find a suitable time slot until the end of the year, at which stage public interest has turned elsewhere.
However, Central Council has repeatedly voted to retain the competitions.
Ger O'Sullivan said last year that the interpros were " at the bottom of the pile in relation to the promotion of competitions," a view shared by many others.
Staging them so close to Christmas suggests nothing has changed on that front this year.