Nolan hoping to cap hectic year with Leinster title
Emerging Offaly star Emmet Nolan has already packed a lot in to these last number of months.
He's been in with the Offaly seniors, attended college for a spell last September, only to leave to concentrate on his burgeoning business that works largely out of the other side of the world in China.
And there was also the small matter of a viral infection that was severe enough to limit his sleep to a few uneasy hours a night. He was spreading himself thin, so thin in fact that he eventually burned himself out.
"The body broke out in a rash," Nolan says now. "I wasn't sleeping. I was dreading going to bed, I'd maybe sleep from 6.30 in the morning until 10.30, just from pure exhaustion. And that's all I was getting.
"I tried a number of treatments with my doctor and eventually one actually worked for me."
He left both UL and the Offaly seniors to both help his recovery and concentrate on his business, Request It, that he runs with his brother.
"We specialise in packaging, glassware and giftware. It's mostly personalised stuff for Irish companies. Irish whiskey has gone huge again so that's huge for us. My business partner is my brother, Brian, who lives in China.
"He's a fluent Chinese speaker. We saw a niche in the market because Irish companies buying from China brings that uncertainty and stress and we erased that problem with Brian on the ground.
"Quality control is everything so if you're a company and you're buying from China, you're spending big money and you get goods and they're not of the quality you thought they'd be, they're useless to you.
"Where do you turn? So we erased that problem."
Business is good, and happily his health recovered to the point where he could return with both the Offaly U-21s and seniors. He came on as a sub for Eamonn Kelly's side as they went down to Wexford at the weekend but must refocus quickly for tonight's Bord Gais Energy Leinster U-21 final clash with Dublin in Tullamore.
And Nolan insists he isn't surprised they have progressed to a first provincial final at the grade since 2008.
"We had high expectations from ourselves," he says. "There was a great structure put in place, the lads over us are very clued in. A few minors came through last year that have progressed, three or four of them.
"There's a squad of 32 players so everyone is going hell for leather."
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