LAST week Paudie O’Brien submitted 70,000 words of a dissertation as he brought an end to his studies in the Limerick Institute of Technology.
But any celebrating is on hold until after 5.30 this Sunday evening.
Indeed O’Brien there was just about room for college work in recent weeks as O’Brien turned attentions to Tipperary.
All talk of the joyous 2013 Munster title or the below par 2014 NHL are well in the past for the Kilmallock man.
“It’s just about focusing on Tipp on June 1 and getting our best performance out,” stressed O’Brien.
“We got over it and drove on and the last two or three weeks were very good - if we win June 1 no one will talk about the league, if we lose they will all blame the league,” he answered when questioned on the league.
What of last year?
“We don’t really look back on last year and if we did I think most would see it as an opportunity lost more than anything. It was very nice to win what we did and it is something we will always cherish but we left ourselves down in the semi-final,” said the straight talking vice-captain.
“We haven’t spoke about it a whole pile - we haven’t looked back at last year, it’s about looking forward. We haven’t talked about anything only Tipperary on June 1. There is an ambitious group of lads here that want to drive on - we are very aware of the challenge and if we are not at our best we won’t win. We are under no illusions of the challenge but we are confident in our own ability”