Wednesday 22 May 2019

You always want more, insists Treaty star Lynch

Cian Lynch. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Cian Lynch. Photo: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Cian Lynch understands now what 'getting carried away' really means.

At the start of the summer, he left Mary Immaculate teacher training college for the last time.

He had a plan to apply for another course to start this autumn. But Limerick's summer took off and they ended a 45-year famine. By the time he looked up, he'd missed the deadlines.

"I was going to go down the secondary or primary teaching (path). I don't know which I'd be better at. But I was too late applying. When I'd done the exams I was focused on the summer and the hurling and I thought everything would fall into place," the Hurler of the Year nominee said.

He didn't quite go down the full-time hurling route that Lee Chin follows but letting hurling dominate his summer suited just fine.

"I was tipping away on the site with a fella down the road, just working away. I left it all too late to apply for a Masters or a PME (professional master of education) so I'm still in limbo. I don't know - I did an arts degree so I'll see what happens next. I never look too far ahead; I'm very bad at planning."

The last few weeks have been a blur of emotion. There was a visit to his primary school and a trip into his alma mater Ardscoil Rís. In fact, things have been so busy that he didn't meet his uncle and former Limerick star Ciaran Carey until last week.


There'll be no let-up in the run-up to Christmas either and there's still a team holiday to come after the festive period.

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After that, the celebrations will be well and truly over and Limerick will be the hunted rather than the hunter.

"I don't know, there's always that question mark," Lynch replied, when asked about where Limerick would find the desire for 2019 at the launch of World Egg Day, which takes place on Friday.

"But you always want more. For us especially, we'd never experienced winning a senior All-Ireland, our generation, we want to come back and bounce back and drive things on. But there's no point getting carried away or thinking we're going to win the All-Ireland next year.

"We're in the now and we're with the clubs at the moment so that's kind of our main focus, the club semi-final next week. I know we were kind of all arms around each other but from here on in there will be probably skelps taken out of the lot of us. Which is a good sign.

"We're not going to look beyond the club championship at the moment, when that's finished we'll get back training and get back to the grind because at the end of the day there's no point sitting back thinking, 'this is it now, there's no point driving on.'

"So for us, it's about getting back to the drawing board and get the foot on the pedal again."

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