Early on Friday morning, the Irish FA's newly elected FIFA Vice-President David Martin, from his County Down home, was involved in his first high powered UEFA Executive Meeting.
A Zoom call, chaired by UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin and with 26 fellow power brokers in European football, ultimately decided that Dublin and Bilbao would be stripped as venues for this summer's Euro finals after failing to meet the attendance criteria due to their city's strict Covid-19 restrictions.
It was just one of a number of hot topics discussed by European football's ruling body.
Over the coming months, Martin, who remains Irish FA President until the Association's AGM on June 28, will play a leading role as discussions continue over the feasibility of a UK and Republic of Ireland bid for the 2030 World Cup finals and the fall-out from the European Super League.
He'll be heavily involved in the final planning process for the prestigious UEFA Super Cup, to be staged at Windsor Park on August 11, and all important UEFA and FIFA business will be brought to his attention, while talks with FAI President Gerry McAnaney over a proposed cross border competition are set to progress.
There will be invitations to the upcoming Champions League Final in Turkey and the opening ceremony of the European Championship finals.
Yet 67 year-old Martin, who was elected with a huge mandate - 48 out of 55 votes at last Tuesday's UEFA Congress - takes as much satisfaction from the domestic appointments he intends to uphold.
"It will soon be back to the 'grassroots game' with meetings in May involving the Northern Amateur League and Co Antrim FA," says Martin, who has been named FIFA Vice-President on a two-year term.
"On May 21, there is the FIFA Congress, which will be digital this year over Zoom, the same day as the Irish Cup Final.
"The Champions League Final is in Turkey on May 29, Northern Ireland play in the country a few days later before travelling to Ukraine for a match on June 3.
"I'll receive an invitation to the opening ceremony and game of the Euro finals, but the event I am most looking forward to is on May 5 in Belfast when I will have the honour of attending a reception, hosted by the Lord Mayor, for Northern Ireland's senior women's team with manager Kenny Shiels and a number of the girls who helped us reach next year's Euro finals in attendance.
"It's fantastic their achievement is being recognised."
It's been a remarkable couple of Tuesdays for Northern Ireland football and IFA President Martin.
Two weeks ago the women's team created history by beating Ukraine at Seaview, following their first-leg success, to qualify for their first ever major finals, while at the UEFA Congress five days ago, Martin triumphed over Wales' Kieran O'Connor and Scotland's Mike Mulraney to land the FIFA Vice-President role, only the third time a Northern Ireland man has held the office following the great, late Harry Cavan and Jim Boyce.
This Tuesday will see the start of the Irish Cup, which has been delayed from January due to Covid-19 restrictions and with only 26 teams taking part as six non-senior teams - Ards, Dundela, H&W Welders, Institute, Newry City and Queen's University - felt it was unfair to ask them to participate having been denied the opportunity to take part in competitive football for 14 months.
It's a competition close to Martin's heart - he is the chairman of the Challenge Cup committee - and he admits, despite the criticism that came his way when the Irish Cup was pencilled in for a May blitz, he expects the opportunity for non-senior clubs to be involved in competitive action, the chance for teams to hold aloft the famous old trophy and the lure of a coveted European place for the winners to make for a dramatic and exciting three-week period.
Martin admits: "We will be going with 26 clubs rather than 32, which was the original plan, and it is regrettable that clubs have felt compelled to withdraw. However, I totally understand and sympathise with those clubs who feel they can't take part.
"Championship and Intermediate clubs haven't played a competitive match for 14 months and some of them are being asked to go and play against semi-professional sides who have been training and playing together since last October. I can understand their reluctance.
"However, there is an opportunity to win a trophy and I know the clubs remaining in the competition will be excited about that prospect.
"A European place is also available for the winners so the prize is great for which ever team triumphs on Friday, May 21.
"Of course for the first time since 1975, we are taking the game outside Belfast with the Semi-Finals and Final being staged at Mourneview Park due to the National Stadium at Windsor Park being unavailable.
"Mourneview is a nice, tidy ground, they have a good grass surface, the facilities are excellent and we know Glenavon will pull out all the stops to make sure everything that has to be done will be done so that the Semi-Finals and Final are a success."
Eight days after the Irish Cup Final, Martin, provided it is safe to travel, will be in Istanbul for the Champions League Final.
Previously he attended these events simply as President of the Irish Football Association.
But now with elevation to one of the highest offices in world football, he'll be viewed as a major guest of honour.
"I came from the amateur game, and over 40 years later my labour of love has helped me become Vice-President of FIFA," he adds. "It is a great honour and I do appreciate all the people who have been with me on this journey.
"We are only a small country, but for the third time we have a Vice-President of FIFA and it's incredible to say that I will be carrying on the mantle."