After four months of inactivity, the competitive GAA season resumed last weekend with club matches in counties up and down the island.
This is something we have all been yearning for since the onset of the coronavirus crisis and while none of us can foretell just what might be on the horizon, I believe there is a palpable sense of relief that at last we are going to be treated to the essence of what the GAA is about - the actual playing of games.
While club action does not quite hold the same appeal or glamour of inter-county clashes, it nonetheless forms an integral part of the annual fixtures list and while of necessity this year's programme at this level has had to be condensed into an 11-week period because of time constraints, I don't believe it will be any less intriguing or exciting.
Yet although optimism abounds that the various Leagues and Championships will be completed without undue difficulty in every county, I would offer a word of warning.
While players have been training hard over the course of recent weeks and indeed in some instances have benefited from participation in challenge matches, I fear that injuries could yet take their toll on the early stages of the club fixtures itinerary in particular.
Even at this point in time, I am aware that some quite serious injuries have been incurred as clubs continue their preparations and I would caution managers and coaches to show restraint and structure in preparing their teams.
Like a lot of other people, I was delighted to see the Premier League resume in England and even though the games are played in empty stadiums, they still potentially offer great entertainment.
But in one of their earlier games against Manchester City, Arsenal were hit by four injuries in the first 60 minutes and if this does not provide food for thought then I do not know what does.
Don't forget these are finely-tuned athletes who are honed to the limit yet they were unable to avoid mishaps when the action started. They did not have match practice under their belts, just like some of their GAA counterparts, and this I feel made them more vulnerable injury-wise.
Contrast this to the vast majority of GAA players who are now resuming competitive activity after a relatively short flat-out training spell which followed their individual training programmes spanning the earlier period of the pandemic.
While I am delighted to see teams back in action, I feel they should be very aware that injuries can be picked up rather too quickly in the current circumstances.
On the other hand, the coronavirus pandemic afforded two of Tyrone's top players, Matthew Donnelly and Cathal McShane, the opportunity to recover from serious injuries without potentially missing any games at club or county level.
This underlines that there are two sides to the coin and I am quite sure that there are many other club players who have maximised the recent lockdown in order to undertake their rehabilitation programmes.
Donnelly has confirmed that he is ready for action again with Trillick while McShane is hoping to assist Owen Roes and you can take it for granted that their clubs will be thrilled to have them back in action.
Apart from injuries, I think that team mentors will have concerns about the actual backdrop against which club matches will be played for the foreseeable future.
Players will travel to the match venue individually, there will be no spectators, no handshakes with colleagues or opponents, no shared dressing room, no communal showers and afterwards it will be a case of out the door and home.
It may all sound coldly impersonal but it's totally understandable that the GAA authorities are keen to take every possible step in order to avoid a spike in the number of coronavirus cases.
I know that the players in the Inniskeen Grattans club which I am currently managing clearly miss the social interaction with their playing colleagues and maybe do not derive the level of enjoyment and satisfaction from training that they normally do.
Just recently a slight upsurge in numbers in this country suggested that more young people had fallen victim to the illness and this has sparked fear within the GAA community.
I hope all players remain fit and are able to help their clubs. I know many clubs have been more than delighted with the number of players turning up for training and while some of these may fall by the wayside, there is the chance that new talent can be mined.