Castleknock’s Ciaran Kilkenny says the new April break from the intercounty setup was something he really enjoyed as he got to link back up with his club on a couple of occasions.
His full focus has returned to the senior football championship and their Leinster opener against Wicklow in O’Moore Park on May 27 following the Garden County’s win over Offaly.
For Kilkenny, though, he says that getting time back with the clubs has helped keep things fresh after a tough league campaign in tough weather conditions.
“I think a lot of the lads really enjoyed that whole experience playing more games [for their clubs] and pick up a bit of momentum with the club,” he said.
“I got to play a bit of hurling as well and it means a lot to the boys and girls around the community as well and it gives them great inspiration to see players playing with their club.
“There’s a great buzz and energy to be back in with your club-mates and there’s a great energy then around the club championship as well.
“They were televised as well. We have only one game left to play and then we’re at the quarter-final stages.”
Kilkenny was speaking to the Dublin Gazette in his capacity as Sure ambassador with the company being the official statistics partner of the GAA for a third year.
He had a fine league campaign, posting some decent scores with a couple of points in the final win over Galway.
The stat did get raised that he had yet to trouble the scorekeepers in any of his four All-Ireland final performances. It’s not something that worries him too much.
“Generally, the way I’d approach the game, and I think my teammates would be the same, is just to get yourself as prepared as you can, physically and mentally, just put yourself in the best position to put in the best performance for the team to get a result.
“I’d be a very competitive person, whether it’s in table tennis, or tennis, or golf, or whatever it is.
“At the end of the day, you’re doing what you can to help your team or enable your team to win or get a result. That’s the primary focus for me as a Dublin player.
“Whatever way I can help the team, whether it’s playing half-back or playing in goals or playing full-forward, wherever it is on the field, wherever I can contribute to helping the team get over the line is my primary focus as a player.”