The GAA in Ulster is hoping to benefit from what could yet prove to be a timely shot in the arm today when the Stormont Executive convenes to discuss existing Covid-19 restrictions.
Ulster Council officials are optimistic that the Executive will make fresh provision for the return of supporters to the ongoing series of All-County Club League and Championship games which comprise the current playing agenda.
It is understood that representations have been made to the Executive in relation to potential attendances at games and there is an expectation that these may be considered in a favourable light.
GAA officials held their own first face-to-face meeting since March yesterday - all meetings in the interim have been conducted via Zoom - and the hope was expressed that the return of fans may not be too long delayed.
The Ulster Council's Head of Operations Stephen McGeehan said: "There have already been some meetings this week to shape policy going forward and we have been led to believe that the Executive may now discuss the matter of fans returning to games.
"Obviously there will be other big-ticket items on the agenda pertaining to different sports such as rugby and soccer, but our concern would be the possible return of followers to our games. We will now await the outcome of the Executive's deliberations.
"We would have liked to have heard some positive news in advance of last weekend's opening round of club games but we understand that these things take time.
"Our hope is that an announcement will follow the meeting."
Cavan football manager Mickey Graham is the latest high-profile personality to take issue with the decision to ban fans from attending club games or setting a crowd limit at 200, labelling this as "a joke".
Graham's curt broadside follows the presentation of a draft outline of the bigger GAA grounds which shows that such venues can comfortably accommodate what would be considered normal attendances for club fixtures.
Indeed, it has been pointed out already that if the more attractive Club Championship matches in particular were to be hosted in the top county grounds they might still be only at 10% capacity in terms of crowd numbers.
This would fall well within the scope of social distancing and would not in any way compromise the health of fans.
The crowd limit of 200, which is currently applicable in the Republic, is not expected to be reviewed until at least August 10, when it is anticipated that the figure will be increased to 500.
This is precisely the figure that the Ulster Council would like to see come into effect in Derry, Down, Armagh, Antrim, Tyrone and Fermanagh - and, if at all possible, from this weekend.
Indeed, it is hoped that if the 500 attendance limit were to be implemented it would not include teams, management, medical personnel, match officials, ground staff and media, as is currently the situation in relation to the 200 crowd limit south of the border.
While the governments in both jurisdictions are acutely aware of the desire on the part of the GAA's top brass to see an easing of the crowd restrictions, the fact that a number of clubs in Ulster in particular are in lockdown following positive Covid-19 tests - although not necessarily within the clubs themselves - has provided sobering food for thought going forward.
Meanwhile, Stephen Poacher has thrown his hat into the ring in a bid to become the new manager of Carlow.
The Newry man was assistant to Turlough O'Brien, who stepped down from the post recently, and is now understood to be a frontrunner to succeed him.
Poacher is the current manager of Down club Bryansford and is also part of the Down minor football side's management team.
He has already been lauded for his work undertaken with a Carlow side that gained promotion from Division Four of the league in 2018 before defeating Kildare in the Leinster SFC for the first time in 65 years.
Poacher has carved out a special rapport with the Carlow squad since becoming involved with the county and it is known that he would be keen to build on the progress which he helped to plot for a team that had largely existed in the shadows before he linked up with O'Brien.
Yet while his hat remains in the ring for the Carlow post, Poacher is also focused on rekindling a ration of glory for Bryansford, who were the giants of Down football in years gone by.