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Ciaran Kilkenny's studies means he'll be spending the next two weeks in Donegal

The 23-year-old will have a hectic couple of weeks as he heads off to the Gaeltacht.

DUBLIN FORWARD CIARAN Kilkenny faces a busy couple of weeks as he prepares for an All-Ireland final against Mayo on September 18.

Ciaran Kilkenny with Kieran Donaghy Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

The reigning All-Ireland champions booked their fourth final in seven years after a thrilling 0-22 to 2-14 victory over Kerry. Kilkenny will have a hectic build-up to the final as he’s set to spend two of the next three weeks in the Gaeltacht in Donegal.

As part of his masters studies the Castleknock man will find himself in the Irish-speaking Gweedore, the parish where a few big name Donegal players hail from.

“I have to go to the Gaeltacht,” Kilkenny told Today FM after the game yesterday.

“I’m doing a Masters in Education, so I have to go to the Gaeltacht for two weeks. I have to work around that. I suppose that’ll be a nice distraction.

“I’ll be up in the lovely place of Gweedore in Donegal. I’ll have good craic up there. That’ll keep me occupied.

“I won’t be wearing the Dublin gear. There’s a few McGees and Kevin Cassidy, Odhrán Mac Niallais and a few lads up there so they’ll be slagging me. [I'm] just excited now for the three weeks leading into the game and delighted to be an another All-Ireland final.”

The headache players making a long trek home for training is not something Jim Gavin typically has to contend with, with the vast majority of his players based in the capital.

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