"We haven’t lost contact" was the message from president John Horan today as he denied the GAA were at risk of alienating their members on the back of a problematic summer for the organisation.

In the second part of an exclusive interview with RTÉ Sport, the head of the GAA said that the two major issues they face with were dealt with promptly and with adequate solutions.

The backlash from the public to both stories has certainly given the GAA food for thought, but Horan feels it should be kept in perspective and they have no reason to say sorry to anyone.

He said: "This is something that is thrown out on a regular basis, that we have lost contact. Sometimes it is easy for people out there to bash a big strong organisation.

"We're a big strong organisation because our membership have put voluntary time and effort into building this into the organisation we are. We are not going to apologise.

"We haven't lost contact. We had an issue with Newbridge where a national committee and a county board locked horns. We acted in the best interest of the association where rather let that prolong into an appeal and subsequent delay of the competition, we moved within 48 hours to resolve that issue.

"It was resolved and things moved on. Similarly I think we have moved quite quickly to resolve this other issue.

"I don't think one would say we needed to learn any lessons from any of this. I think we have dealt with both matters. We have dealt with them prudently and quickly and we just move on from here.  

"As a sporting organisation we will have the guts of 130,000 watching our two semi-finals this weekend. It's onwards and upwards for us as an organisation."

Earlier this week, former Republic of Ireland international Damien Duff branded GAA officials "dinosaurs", while Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny was also critical of their perspective on the use of Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Asked what he thought of such comments, Horan refused to be drawn into a debate.

"Damien was a very good footballer and represented his country very well. In regards to the comments he made earlier this week, I'd prefer not to comment.

"If you look at the organisation and the amount of evolution and change that has gone in within the organisation - such as our Championship structures this year, like the Supers 8 and the new hurling structure - these will take off. Look at the magic weekend we had last weekend, in Omagh, the Hyde, Newbridge and Clones. They were fantastic games.

"Nobody can say that the hurling championship has been anything but an absolute gem. We have numerous committees looking at several different things. We have committees looking at elite and development squads to see if we can the balance right. We can have our differences, but we all believe in the GAA.

"I'm very happy this has been put to bed this morning and I would encourage everybody to support those charities that would benefit from this event by the Liam Miller Tribute Match Committee. Hopefully out of it a lot of good work will be done within the community in Cork."