There is a lesson to be learnt here, in my opinion - but probably won't be.
A lot of people view that the GAA will, in time, become semi-professional. Ireland and Irish people, by and large, have no real history of supporting professional sport where it counts - at the turnstiles. Most FAI professional/semi-professional clubs have nearly gone to the wall at some point or another. The only sustained professional sports teams in Ireland are the Pro 12 rugby teams - pretty easy when there is only four of them (or 3, if the IRFU had had its way a few years ago). These teams have only existed in a professional sense for a relatively short period of time and rely a lot on income from the National Governing body. There is still plenty of time for it to go arseways.
I will fear the worst if and when the elite players in the GAA go semi-professional/professional.