NIALL CURRAN has revealed how his brother and Tipperary star Paul recaptured top form after being taken off in this year’s Munster hurling final.
Paul was substituted in the 34th minute following a rare off-day against Waterford but was back to his old self in the All-Ireland semi-final victory over Limerick.
Curran manned the full-back slot for the Munster championship but with Páraic Maher now situated on the edge of the square, the Mullinahone clubman will start next Sunday’s final against Kilkenny in the left corner.
Brother Niall, a current Tipperary senior football panellist, revealed: "I would have helped him after he was taken off in the Munster final.
"We would often go training together on our own in the local field and I’d watch his game.
"I’d be astute as to what he needs to work on and he’s worked hard since then, including two nights a week with Tipp.
"Paul’s been working on striking, catching, batting, flicking and getting the eye in again. The only way he knows is to work hard again.
"Mentally he’s very strong and wouldn’t need to talk to any of us in the build-up to a big game.
"There’s a good support system with Mam (Rita) and Dad (Albert) but most inter-county players are selfish leading up to a match and other family members don’t tend to bother them with anything."
Curran, 28, is a year older than his younger brother.
Both men played together in Mullinahone’s recent South SHC victory over Killenaule.
Niall smiled: "The village is still on a high after that and most neutral supporters were hopping off the sod leaving that match.
"Eoin (Kelly) and Paul were excellent for us but if Killenaule won, Declan Fanning would have been man of the match with ‘Festy’ (Pat Kerwick) a close second.
"I think a big factor next Sunday is that Tipp look hungry and I think Kilkenny can be caught.
"Having said that, Kilkenny have passed every test put in front of them so far. In the league final, Tipp put it up to them but they still got through and it’s been the same in their championship games.
"I think we’ll get a few goals but I just wonder if we’ll score enough points."