Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic the government in the Republic and the Stormont Executive in tandem with the GAA authorities have given a cohesive lead in what has been an ongoing concerted bid to suppress the disease.
Maybe every decision that has been taken has not found favour with the public at large but, for the most part, the guidance and advice that they have been provided with has played no small part in helping to stem the spread of the illness.
Emerging from the lockdown was always going to pose its own problems, but when the decision was made to stage club matches behind closed doors here in the six counties it came as something of a bolt from the blue.
While it was understandable that the Stormont Executive wished to proceed with caution given the recent upsurge in cases of the coronavirus, the fact that thousands of people have been able to assemble unhindered on beaches, others congregated in bars to such an extent that even standing room was at a premium and restaurants experienced an upward surge as customers appeared to be at variance with the authorities' efforts to suppress the virus.
And when the opening round of league fixtures in the 'wee six' were played against the backdrop of silence last weekend, the notion began to form that the club leagues had been stripped of their status.
Yet just when the 11-week club window began to offer a grim vista, the Executive stepped smartly up to the mark to declare open sesame as far as spectators are concerned.
The move may have been accompanied by numerical caveats - a maximum of 400 people in some venues and 250 in others, including match personnel in both cases - but this does not detract from the fact that fans will now get the opportunity to play their part as the club series unfolds.
Thus it is that today in counties Antrim, Derry, Down, Tyrone, Armagh and Fermanagh followers can venture into the great outdoors and exercise their lungs at their local grounds in the knowledge that compliance with the sanitising requirements, social distancing and respect for the officials charged with overseeing such requirements will ensure that they will be back in the old routine.
Sure, there might be slight 'inconveniences' but doesn't this beat paying for the 'privilege' of having a game beamed into your living room where you just might or might not get peace to watch it?
At a stroke, the Executive ended the particularly grating circumstances that had existed whereby no fans could go to games in this part of the world while south of the border just over 100 could filter through the turnstiles to join the other 80-plus maybe that comprised playing squads, management teams, medical personnel, match officials, Covid-19 officer and media thus making for the full 'official' complement of 200.
The somewhat farcical situation that prevailed up until Thursday was perhaps brought home most forcibly to me by the fact that my elderly mother, a life-long Crossmaglen Rangers follower, was unable to attend last Sunday's game against Maghery and watch it from her car, something that she has grown accustomed to doing at club level over recent years.
To my mind, good sense has prevailed, not least because medical and scientific knowledge would suggest that the chances of being infected are minimal in an outdoors context.
I believe that there is a tremendous number of people within the grassroots of the GAA who have undertaken invaluable work in order to get us all through to this point and, having spoken to some of these folk, I detect they feel somewhat cheated because they felt they were going to be denied the opportunity to attend games.
I am well aware that of late more younger people appear to be contracting the Covid-19 virus and I have to compliment GAA President John Horan for calling such folk to order by declaring that "they must decide if they want to party or play sport" and insisting they can't have it both ways.
All along the way from the time when we all came to realise that we were on the cusp of one of the most serious global threats for many years the GAA has stepped up to the mark. Even in early March fixtures were being ruled out - the Association certainly did not allow the grass to grow under its feet.
This time round the Executive has taken what is a bold step but one which I feel could lead to significant progress, the coronavirus permitting that is.