We are not even halfway through 2020, yet you can already be certain that this year will remain long in the GAA memory.
Who would have thought that total activity within the country's biggest sporting organisation would have come to such a sudden, chilling and unprecedented cessation?
We are still wallowing in limbo in terms of fixtures, the future is clouded in uncertainty and 'virtual' is now very much a current, although largely unwelcome, buzzword.
However, it is not all gloom and doom. Within a 24-hour period last the week, word filtered through that a new GAA club had been set up in east Belfast and that efforts could be made to establish a 'Team Ulster' to compete in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship.
More than 30 years have elapsed since Antrim last represented the province in the All-Ireland Final. They lost to a Nicky English-inspired Tipperary side on that occasion in 1989.
Since then, Ulster has had no say whatsoever in the destination of the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
Despite this record, I would be prepared to hail the possibility of a specially selected Team Ulster.
I accept that Antrim are still perceived as the power base of the sport in the province, with Derry and Down also enjoying some status. Teams such as Tyrone, Donegal and Armagh have sampled less of the limelight.
But let's be brutally frank here: there is no possibility of any Ulster side reaching or winning the All-Ireland Final for the foreseeable future.
This might sound harsh, but I see it as an irrefutable fact, even if other people have their own ideas.
That's why I would enthusiastically endorse the formation of a Team Ulster. It would participate solely in the All-Ireland Championship proper, while the county teams, as they are currently formulated, would continue to compete in the Allianz League and the Joe McDonagh, Christy Ring and Lory Meagher Cups.
It may well be that there is no precedent for the formation of a Team Ulster, but there have been amalgamations at club tier because of a lack of numbers and to trigger a greater level of competitiveness.
These did the image of the GAA no harm at all.
If I'm going to be honest about it, I have to accept that some 10 or 15 years ago, club amalgamations might have ended in disaster.
But I believe there is currently more tolerance, a greater willingness to embrace change and a real desire for a more marked identity that could lead to amalgamations being encouraged, and I would endorse the launch of a Team Ulster.
I don't think parochial rivalry is as intense as it used to be - young people don't appear to harbour the bitterness of their forefathers.
There is an acceptance that thinking outside the box is essential, and this is certainly the case when it comes to enhancing the profile of Ulster hurling.
It has been shown that latter-day amalgamations can work out at club level, so why should this not be the case at inter-county level?
It goes without saying that if Team Ulster were created tomorrow, the majority of the line-up would come from Antrim.
However, I am convinced that Derry, Down, Donegal, Tyrone and Armagh would be capable of offering viable candidates for selection.
While Antrim would provide certain candidates in Neil McManus and James McNaughton, Derry duo Chrissy McKaigue and Brendan Rogers, Tyrone sharpshooter Damien Casey, Armagh's Nathan Currie and Ryan Gaffney and Down's Oisin McManus and Conor Woods could prove worthy contenders, along with Donegal's Declan Coulter.
With the proper management structure in place, a strong backroom team and lashings of goodwill, there is no doubt that Team Ulster could in time make an impact, and I feel that the concept would be willingly embraced by potential sponsors.
Can you imagine such a team meeting Galway, Cork, Wexford or Limerick in an All-Ireland Semi-Final? Such a contest would, I feel, spark tremendous interest.
I am deliberately leaving the real big guns, such as Tipperary and Kilkenny, out of the equation for now. Rome wasn't built in a day, after all.
For a long time now, Antrim have been Ulster's great white hope when it comes to top tier All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship action, but by and large they have remained also-rans.
As things stand, there is little to no chance that any Ulster side will make an impact in elite hurling. This being the case, desperate times call for desperate measures, so perhaps it's time for Team Ulster to make its bow.