A BUSY weekend for Ciarán Kilkenny ended on another emotional high as Castleknock claimed the Dublin Junior 'A' Hurling Championship title following their 0-14 to 0-9 victory over Lucan Sarsfields on Sunday afternoon.
Fresh from helping Ireland claim a 2-0 series win over Australia in the International Rules, Kilkenny produced another influential display at O'Toole Park, landing three pivotal points from full-forward.
Throw in a Celtic Cross picked up last month and Kilkenny's autumn could not have gone any better with the satisfaction of claiming the Junior crown high on his list of achievements.
"It's great to have come through the game with the win. It is a very special feeling, winning something with the lads.
"Castleknock is where I started off playing and to win something with people that you grew up with and knocked about with is a wonderful feeling.
"We are a really tight-knit group and the club was only founded in 1998 and we are going from strength-to-strength, winning the Dublin and Leinster Junior Football Championships last year and now we've won the Dublin (JHC)," said Kilkenny.
Given his recent workload, Kilkenny might be forgiven for looking forward to a well-earned rest but a provincial campaign awaits Castleknock now and college commitments in both codes will ensure another hectic few weeks for the 20-year-old.
"It would be nice to get a little break, alright, but playing in big matches with your pals is what Gaelic games are all about and, hopefully, there will be a few more matches for us to look forward to over the next few weeks," he said.