Kilkenny’s hurling captain Eoin Larkin(27) has taken nine months off from his army job to study for the Leaving Cert.
Speaking at a press conference to publicise the upcoming clash with Waterford; the James Stephens man left school after the Junior Certificate and has admitted it is something he has regretted doing ever since. He is enrolled at Cork’s College of Commerce and is currently studying full-time ahead of the State Examinations in June.
Larkin has based himself at Cork’s Collins Barracks to attend school five days a week and he admits: “It’s very different. I didn’t want to be in school when I was in it. I chose to go back and when you’re that bit older, you’re more inclined to learn that bit more.”
The former Hurler of the Year (2008) continued by saying: “I’m actually enjoying it believe it or not. The travelling up for training and things like that is tough but I’m enjoying doing the Leaving Cert. I didn’t do it when I was supposed to do it. I just try to keep my head down, do my bit of work and go home.”
When Larkin’s exams are over he will return to the James Stephens Barracks in Kilkenny city. He has said he is unsure what the future holds, that he does not currently have plans to return to college and that there is a job (in the army) for him to go back to.