When Kilcoo lost out to all-conquering Corofin in the All-Ireland club football final back in January, the Down and Ulster champions sought solace in a familiar sporting refrain - 'There's always next year'.
The only problem is there is no 'next year' this time round as both the Ulster and All-Ireland club championships have been ruled out because of time constraints resulting from the Covid-19 epidemic.
And the disappointment sparked by this turn of events has grown more acute following what is generally felt to be the best series of county championships in Ulster for some considerable time.
Kilcoo assistant manager Conleith Gilligan was a member of the Ballinderry Shamrocks side that caused a major upset in the 2002 All-Ireland club final when they pulled the rug from under the feet of hot favourites Nemo Rangers, the Cork and Munster champions, at Semple Stadium, Thurles.
Since then, Gilligan's appreciation of what he sees as the value and credibility of the both the provincial and All-Ireland club championships has been enhanced.
"I think it is a great pity that the champion teams from the various counties in this part of the world won't get the opportunity to participate in the Ulster club championship," he says.
"I firmly believe it is a great competition as it affords teams the chance to test themselves against other sides of real quality and maybe reach the All-Ireland series. I feel that the overall standard here this year has been exceptionally high and this could have made for a smashing provincial series."
Corofin made it three All-Ireland club titles on the trot by getting the better of Kilcoo, who were playing in the competition for the first time, at the start of this year.
"I think the experience we gained in the competition would have stood to us this time round but you have to say that we were aware success at county level was the most clubs could hope for this year," concedes Gilligan.
In the past two decades, the All-Ireland club title has landed in Ulster on five occasions with Crossmaglen Rangers (3), Ballinderry and St Gall's doing the honours.
With just the Cavan, Donegal and Derry finals to be played in Ulster, the curtain will come down shortly on what has been an electrifying club championship, the consistently high-octane action providing watching county team bosses with considerable food for thought.
Derry manager Rory Gallagher was a key member of the hugely successful 2010 St Gall's side while Lenny Harbinson, the current Antrim boss, was in charge of St Gall's.
Gilligan is adamant that the experience which players gain on the All-Ireland club stage can help cement their careers.
"There is no doubt that they can derive great benefits from this," he adds.
"It's only by rubbing shoulders with the best teams that Ulster sides can become better.
"I suppose we must content ourselves by repeating that there's always next year!"
Any faint ray of hope there might have been for the provincial competition was clinically quashed by Croke Park Head of Games, Feargal McGill.
"It's not going to happen," he insisted.
"We're operating on the basis that the inter-county championship will go ahead and if it doesn't, the reasons that will prevent it from taking place are going to be the same reasons that club championships can't either."