Ryan McHugh resumes his studies today but is determined that they “won’t interfere” with his final preparations for Sunday’s big match.
He’s starting his third year today in the four-year long business degress course at Sligo IT.
This means a round-trip commute of 220 km, twice a week, from his home in Kilcar.
The 20-year-old forward popped into the school last Monday in advance of the formal start of the academic year today.
He said: “I have a car, so I will drive up and down between Sligo and Donegal this week for training.”
The only day he expects to miss his course this week is Friday, and he’s adamant that neither his studies nor his football will suffer.
“Classes take up about 22 hours a week, but it’s something you have to do. It’s college, after all.
“I might go home on Thursday evening. I will check my college timetable.”
As if juggling his training and studies wasn’t challenge enough, Ryan says there’s another big factor to deal with this week.
“The pressure from people looking for tickets to the final is something awful,” he joked.
Ryan is the only member of Donegal’s senior squad who has received a sports scholarship from Sligo IT.
A college spokesperson said: “The IT will be reasonable about Ryan’s special position.
“It is cognisant of the fact this is a huge month for him, both academically and sporting-wise.”