It's two months since Limerick swept Cork aside to add to their All-Ireland haul under John Kiely, and for Cian Lynch it was another moment of realisation that he is part of something special.

Lynch was again to the fore, firing over six points as the Treaty County won the Liam MacCarthy Cup for the third time in four seasons on 22 August. A near-perfect performance from a side who have raised the hurling bar even higher at inter-county level.

On Sunday, Lynch will eye more silverware when his club Patrickswell take on Kilmallock in the Limerick senior final. The 25-year-old, while trying to stay grounded amid all his success in recent years, is nevertheless privileged to be part of winning set-ups.

Speaking to the media at the launch of the 50th John West Féile, he said: "With the county, the ambition of all the 36 lads involved was to go on and win an All-Ireland. We wanted to get the best out of ourselves, to keep pushing each other. Thankfully on the day of the All-Ireland, everything clicked. After that things are a bonus, like the 15 of us being nominated for an All Star.

"And then you have John (Kiely) announcing that he's going to stay on. We've had John since 2015 with the U21s. He is a brilliant manager, a person you can relate to, he's very approachable. You have 36 males in the group, with different stuff going on in their lives and John is there as an anchor. I'm delighted he's staying on. It's just an honour to be part of a special group.

"With Patrickswell you are also trying to push lads around you, the fellas that you grew up with, the fellas that I had success with playing in Féile at the Kilcormac club in Offaly. Those were lovely memories. And now we're back in another county final.

"People are onto me about winning the All-Ireland and the county in the same year, that would be great, but for now we're only thinking about the training sessions this week. Kilmallock are a brilliant team, there's a huge battle ahead. There is no talk of the double.

"It's great to be back in the Gaelic Grounds, to have the whole community behind you and then meet the locals after the game."

Cian Lynch - a John West Féile Ambassador - pictured at the launch of this year's event at Croke Park

County final day brings back memories for Lynch, who was the mascot for the Patrickswell side that won the title in 2003. They are memories, however, that are tinged with sadness when remembering his late uncle Paul Carey who captained the side 18 years ago.

Carey, a brother of the former Limerick star Ciarán, died tragically in a car accident in Dubai last November.

"Walking around the pitch with Paul in my own little jersey and togs was special," Lynch recalled.

"It's something I cherish. Paul was captain and when you were growing up you looked up to your uncle, to the other local heroes in your club, like Gary Kirby.

"Being able to represent your club and play on the same pitch as those fellas was special. It's coming up to Paul's year anniversary. It's a massive loss, the family is still trying to come to terms with it."

Because of Covid restrictions, Lynch had time off following Limerick's 2020 All-Ireland win in the fortnight before Christmas. He was glad of the break.

"To be able to switch off and take that break was important in that it gave your mind and body a rest."

The cue then to talk about the work done by his uncle Gary, through the 'My Move' venture, which in part aims to help those suffering with depression.

"If there's anything I can do for anyone I'll happily pick up the phone and be that rock for someone"

Lynch was at pains to stress that it is good to talk and that brighter days are on the horizon.

"We all have periods where we feel today is not going to be a good day and so it's important to bounce those feelings off people. Males, perhaps, are reluctant to express their emotions. Surround yourself with you can bounce these things off.

"Everyone struggles, everyone has periods in their life where things aren't going well. It's never a problem to ask for help. There is so much light at the end of the tunnel, stay positive.

"We all go through periods in our life when we are not feeling the greatest, where we have days when we get up in the morning and are not feeling right - feeling like today is not going to be a good day. It's important to bounce those feelings off people.

"Males, perhaps, are reluctant at times to express their emotions and feelings. It's important to surround yourself with people you can bounce these things off.

"If there's advice I can give it's that everyone struggles; there are periods in our lives when things aren't going well where we feel down in the dumps. It's never a problem to ask for help. That's the main message that has to be reiterated to people. Reach out. If there's anything I can do for anyone I'll happily pick up the phone and be that rock for someone.

"There is so much light at the end of the tunnel, just stay positive."