The Waterford champions will face the Manchester club Páirc an hEireann in Birmingham (1.30pm), and Kearney says the club are hoping to combat the foreign setting by travelling to England today.
“We’re going from Dublin so we’re getting a bus from Modeligo around lunchtime and flying out in the evening. So the good thing about it is we’re waking up in the same situation as match day here,” he says.
“Fullen Gaels been knocking around the last two or three years with a final appearance and two semi-final appearances so they’ll definitely have that bit of experience on us. You’d be just hoping that because it’s our lads first time that we’ll have that bit of go about us.
“That’s all were hoping for; that the lads will be relishing their first ever time in an All-Ireland series with their club. So please God that will stand to us when it comes to it,” he says.
Kearney doesn’t expect that the 50 miles of water will stop the Modeligo faithful from supporting their team.
“There’s an awful following going. It’s not an easy thing to do just after Christmas time but they’re relishing what’s going on here at the moment, like any small club would.”