Maybe it‘s just the green-eyed monster in me, but is it not a tiny bit rich of GAA President Christy Cooney to be warning ‘units’ and players about sharing the pain when he’s being paid a king’s ransom?

“If the association reduces the prices in regard to tickets, and that includes the provincial councils, something else will have to suffer, with the amount of money we have available for the clubs and the county boards,” he says.

Since being elected at congress in the spring of 2009, Christy – who in fairness has a hectic schedule, though none more so than most of his predecessors – has had his €158,000-a-year Fás salary reimbursed in full by the GAA, a policy that’s been in place for the past decade.