While a ball has yet to be kicked in any of the club competitions for the coming year, clubs are already aware as to who they are facing in their first games in their respective championships, after the draws were made at last Monday night's County Committee meeting in the Entekra Monaghan GAA Centre of Excellence at Cloghan.
Legendary Kilkenny full back Noel Hickey added another medal to his glittering collection as Dunnamaggin survived a huge scare from Castleblayney to be crowned All-Ireland club junior hurling champions at Croke Park.
Despite being overwhelming favourites to lift the All-Ireland club JHC title on Sunday, Dunnamaggin manager Eamonn Kennedy has stressed that his charges will not be complacent against Monaghan champions Castleblayney Faughs.
It may be virgin territory for both clubs but for Castleblayney it is an opportunity to write a whole new chapter in their illustrious history as they contest an All Ireland club final for the first time.
Monaghan have little time to recover from their exertions in Dr Hyde Park, or indeed their disappointment following the outcome of their encounter with Roscommon last Sunday as they face Galway in Inniskeen this Sunday in what is already a vital game for both counties.