Cuala sharpshooter David Treacy felt a more mature approach contributed significantly to the side claiming a first Leinster club success after they defeated O'Loughlin Gaels in Sunday's final at O'Moore Park.
Treacy helped himself to 0-11 as the Dalkey outfit ran out 3-19 to 1-16 winners. Next up for Mattie Kenny's charges will be an All-Ireland semi-final date with Derry's Slaughtneil on 4 February.
Early goals from Con O'Callaghan and Colm Cronin gave the Dublin champions a cushion they would not surrender in Portlaoise on a day when other chances did go a begging.
"We were quite wasteful in the first half and I thought we were going to rue those chances," Treacy reflected afterwards when he spoke to RTÉ Sport.
"I missed a couple of handy frees and we also missed a goal chance. If we had lost the match, I'm sure Mattie (Kenny) would have given me a hiding.
"The goals gave us a buffer and we managed to see it out towards the end. We had a five-point lead at the break and then at times had to sit deep to see it out. We knew O'Loughlin's, like any other Kilkenny team, were going to come at us.
"They did, but we were able to keep tapping over the points. We weren't forcing goals like we did in last year's final against Oulart."
RTÉ analyst Tom Dempsey was impressed by what the new provincial kingpins served up and highlighted the contribution of others in assisting Treacy in the scoring stakes - a marked contrast to the under performance that characterised Cuala in last year's Leinster final defeat to Oulart.
"They were heavily dependant on David for scores last year and David again produced the goods this time, but the likes of Colm Cronin, Mark Schutte and Con O'Callaghan also came up trumps," said Dempsey.
"They had much more of an intent and were determined they weren't going to have a first half like they had last year against Oulart.
"Overall, I thought they were outstanding and they'll go well in the All-Ireland championship."
For now, however, David Treacy wants to savour this particular success.
"It's great for the club. My father's team got to a Leinster final in 1989 and it was one they felt they left behind them. It's just great for the whole family and it's brilliant to be etched into the history books.
"There are bigger fish to fry after this, but we'll enjoy this one."