If they ever make a movie of Shane Kingston's Cork hurling career, Adam Sandler might be in line to direct and Mike Scott will have to compose the soundtrack.

Eoin and Alan Cadogan were neighbours from Douglas but Kingston, son of now manager Kieran, first met most of his future team-mates as a waterboy.

"I'd imagine I was fairly nervous walking in," he tells RTÉ Sport.

"It was 2012 and '13 I was helping out with the water and hurleys and was the young fella going training and watching them the whole time.

"It was definitely nerve-wracking enough then going in at 18/19 after my Leaving Cert because it was all the same fellas. But they were all very friendly and welcoming so it was okay."

Kingston (23), is now a key player in a squad that has only seven over the age of 25, following the departures of Anthony Nash, Aidan Walsh, Christopher Joyce and Conor Lehane.

"The majority of us are 24 this year so that's not really considered young anymore," says the forward.

"I suppose we have to take a bit of ownership there and try help out the younger lads a bit more, the same as fellas did for us when we were their age.

"There are a lot of fellas around my age, 23, 24, 25, and then you have a jump up to the older group. There’s a nice mix then with a lot of younger fellas coming through so they’re bringing a bit of energy to it

"They've stepped up hugely, to be fair to them. Some of them are 19, which is still very young. You see Alan Connolly and Shane Barrett have done very well with the games they've played."

Shane Kingston was speaking at the launch of Cork sponsor Sports Direct's 'Born To Play' campaign

The youngsters will have to step up higher again on Saturday when they face the ultimate test - a Munster SHC semi-final against the reigning provincial and All-Ireland kingpins Limerick.

The Treaty won with ease when the sides met in the Allianz Hurling League a month ago but Kingston is expecting a much different game this weekend. Indeed, Cork were seven-point victors when the counties last met in Munster in 2019.

"Going into any championship game, no matter who the opponent is you’re going to have to be some bit confident.

"They have been All-Ireland champions, Munster champions, league champions over the last years so it’s going to be a very challenging game.

"But we won’t focus too much on Limerick, we just have to worry about ourselves.

"Over the last years we have put in good performances with Limerick so hopefully we’ll do the same next week."

Donal O'Grady

One fascinating prospect is what Donal O'Grady might have been plotting. The 2004 All-Ireland winning boss has come on board as a coach and analyst this year.

"I don't think anyone was involved with Donal O'Grady before. We're delighted to have him," says Kingston.

"He's been there and done it. He's trying to bring something different to it.

"He's very good with helping out with the coaches, helping out with players, the video analysis stuff. He's doing a bit of everything."

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