He's just taken Clare to its first All Ireland hurling victory in 16 years, but life wasn't always smooth sailing for Davy Fitzgerald.
The victorious manager has revealed he was bullied for much of his childhood - generally mentally and emotionally, but he was physically assaulted on occasion as well.
Speaking to Miriam O'Callaghan on RTE Radio One this morning, he said: "Especially on the bus going to and from school. I can remember one evening getting my shirt pulled off me and them writing all over my body, and then throwing my shoes out the window.
"It got to the stage where, instead of getting the bus to Sixmilebridge, I would take the bus from Ennis to Shannon and thumb it from there."
He told another story when he was "battered" and beaten on a Friday afternoon by some of his classmates.
"The lads I went to school with would play soccer on a Friday, and they never invited me," he began.
"One day they did, and I thought it was great. But the day I went in, I got absolutely kicked and battered and bruised all over.
"The only reason they got me in was to have a go at me. It isn't a nice thing, I can tell you."
But he has taken a stance on bullying in adulthood and become something of an advocate for young people going through similar situations, by speaking at schools.
"I hate to see people picking on anyone else," he said.
"I just took it that I wasn't going to let anyone look down on me or do that to me.
"Luckily, I stuck strong enough to it."
"When I would go out and talk to young people and coaching, I always watch for that.
"No matter how much talent we have, how much money we have, it doesn't matter. We come into this life with no money and we leave with no money, we're all the same as far as I'm concerned, at the end of the day.
"We should treat people with respect. It's one thing I would be very conscious of.
"It doesn't cost anything to be nice."
On one occasion, Mr Fitzgerald was speaking at an all boys secondary school about bullying when he was approached by a student who was enduring something similar to what he had endured when he was young.
"I went to a school about three or four years ago, and I was talking about bullying, and on the way out, he came to me, he told me how he was feeling," Fitzgerald said.
"This poor young kid didn't have anyone to talk to. I was so glad he came to me and said it.
"The one thing I would encourage is for anyone feeling in any way down to please talk to someone."
But he maintains a positive outlook on life and is determined to forgive and forget those who taunted him so cruelly as a child.
"I've made mistakes in my life, some of them would probably realise they've made mistakes and we've got to forgive," he said.
"You'll know yourself if you've done something wrong."