Earlier in the summer, GAA president John Horan found himself fending off brickbats when he suggested that the Covid-19 pandemic might render the 2020 season null and void.
Yet Horan has been among the first to take a stand and urge the Republic's government to sanction maximum attendances of 500 at club games "sooner rather than later".
With the current limit of 200 people applicable in the Republic - people and not fans, as this figure includes the teams, managers, medical personnel, referee, linesmen, umpires, ground staff and media - and no followers permitted to attend games north of the border, there are now serious concerns that severe financial hardship could be endured as well as a possible loss of goodwill from the more seasoned followers.
With Stormont unlikely to concede ground in the immediate future in relation to the ban on spectators, there are increasing fears that matches might lose their appeal.
It is significant that Horan's passionate plea has been echoed by prominent figures representing various strands of frontline GAA, including former Kerry All-Ireland winner and well-known television pundit Pat Spillane, Cork county board chairperson Tracey Kennedy, Armagh 2002 All-Ireland winner Oisin McConville, Antrim team captain Declan Lynch, Donegal board chairman Mick McGrath and former Clare All-Ireland hurling winning captain Anthony Daly.
Horan's reiteration that the GAA authorities had put the clubs first when it came to relaunching the season further underlines the belief that they had taken the correct step, although events spanning the first weekend of activity since the lockdown have now triggered fears for the immediate future.
With 10 Derry clubs having called a temporary halt to activities following a Covid-19 cluster in the north west, mixed messages emanating from a fixture in Donegal that ultimately did not take place, an alleged biting incident in an Armagh intermediate league game and a positive Covid-19 test of a senior player in the Eglish club, uncertainty and apprehension now prevail as the resumed season begins to unfold.
Yet it is understandable why there is simultaneously a clamour for crowd admission levels to be raised. There is an undeniable craving for action, and a rampant desire on the part of many to don their club's colours and do their bit once again.
The staging of Premier League matches, cricket and other sports behind closed doors does not necessarily mean that the teams and individuals involved suffer financially as lucrative television rights payments and handsome sponsorship deals tend to ease the blow occasioned by inactive turnstiles.
The fact of the matter is that clubs throughout the island currently find themselves embroiled in attempting to fulfil what will be particularly demanding league and Championship fixtures programmes within an 11-week window with the prospect of little return as things stand. The gate money from All-County League games goes to the clubs, while county boards claim the rather more lucrative Club Championship takings.
Thus if clubs in Derry, Antrim, Down, Fermanagh, Armagh and Tyrone were to fulfil their entire league itineraries behind closed doors, the financial pinch might not just be felt but could prove excruciatingly painful.
Antrim, for instance, have an attractive programme of Club Football Championship fixtures listed for this Sunday yet they will be played to the sound of silence.
The big bugbear within the GAA right now is that supporters are effectively being told they are not welcome at games.
Yet those same followers are seeing pictures of crowded bars, beaches and restaurants on their television screens - often with social distancing conspicuous by its absence - and are left to shake their heads and wonder why their presence should be frowned upon at games in reputedly safe outdoor venues which can more than adequately cater for 500 people, exclusive of teams and those directly involved in the game, with social distance a paramount consideration.
There is the possibility, too, that the GAA could discover that some of its more venerable supporters might just fall by the wayside.
Down hurling manager Ronan Sheehan was a member of the Rules Revision Committee and is regarded as one of the most far-sighted managers in the game. It is Sheehan's firmly held belief that the GAA simply cannot afford to lose a raft of its golden oldies because of the lore, tradition and history they bring to the table.
Certainly the GAA's overall demographic incorporates people of all ages and backgrounds but there is certainly a strong base of senior citizens whose knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment continue to lend a special dimension to the Association.
The GAA has by and large been scrupulous in its observance of the restrictions and protocols in relation to combating the coronavirus at all levels and indeed has stepped up smartly to the mark in terms of showing overall community spirit - something that has earned the Association fresh respect in rather surprising territory.
Now, however, it faces an even bigger challenge going forward - and it's certainly not all to do with gate money.