The build-up to the start of club action has been frenetic over the past few weeks with players returning to collective training, officials mapping out fixture lists and volunteers enthusiastically undertaking the miscellany of duties necessary to get a club up and running again.
While I am aware that many clubs, and indeed county teams, are as yet unaware how many of their players will commit to the cause once again, I can say with considerable certainty that I have never observed as many people within the precincts of clubs as I have over the past fortnight.
There is no doubt that a yearning desire for on-field action is palpable, with everyone anxious to see competitive fare take centre stage.
And having visited several clubs, spoken with officials and players from many others and collated anecdotal evidence from even more, I cannot express how delighted I am to report this.
The reason for that is this - since the onset of the coronavirus crisis, I have heard of far too many examples of real mental anguish being endured by quite a number of people.
From president John Horan and director general Tom Ryan down, the GAA has been vociferous in its plea to members to ensure that their communities are looked after.
People living in isolation, folk faced with financial difficulties, the threat of losing jobs, the total absence of any sort of social life - I am led to believe that these have been a huge source of worry and concern in many communities.
And these people do not belong solely to one particular age group. No, they are people of all generations, human beings who have been overtaken by the trauma, depression and pressures of what has been an unprecedented situation.
I am on record as hailing the benefits that sport in general can provide in terms of enhanced physical and mental welfare, and I am in no doubt that this will be markedly emphasised over the course of the coming weeks.
Sure, the GAA will play its part by unveiling its club League and Championship fixtures programmes in every county, while at the same time putting the finishing touches to the inter-provincial Championships and All-Ireland series arrangements for later in the year, but a number of other sports have also been doing their bit to embrace those people whom they believe might require a helping hand.
I have no doubt that many people, clearly impressed by what the GAA did at the outset of the coronavirus threat in terms of helping the community, have decided that they want to show their appreciation by getting on board in some capacity, no matter how small.
There is, of course, always a whole variety of tasks to be fulfilled within any club and no matter how menial some of these are perceived to be it is still important that they are fulfilled for the good of the club.
Thus it is that club officials have in recent days been really singing the praises to me of those new faces they have greeted within their clubs and expressed their gratitude for the contributions they feel they can make going forward.
It is often claimed that a GAA club tends to be the hub of a rural community in particular, and never has this theory held more substance than at the present time.
I know that a lot of people who live on their own and are to some extent cut off from society have been overcome by the help they have received from their local GAA clubs and now they want to give something back.
Families have also become involved, with children immersing themselves in under-age competitions, female members trying their hand at ladies' football or camogie and the more mature personnel prepared to take on positions of responsibility for the betterment of the club.
I am aware that in some clubs numbers attending since collective training was restored have surprised managers, coaches and trainers, who are nevertheless only too willing to cater for the influx of new blood.
We are on the cusp of the resumption of the playing season and it is my sincere hope that all those people who may have felt isolated, depressed or lonely can now take comfort from the fact that they can become valued members of society and, indeed, in the process play their part in enhancing the lives of others as well.
I wish clubs everywhere good fortune in their ongoing endeavours.