O’Connor hangs up red shirt

Ireland’s most decorated GAA player, Mary O’Connor, has announced her retirement.

Cork’s dual star, from Killeagh, is to hang up her boots at inter-county level having played at the highest level for two decades — including in 18 All-Ireland finals, winning 12, but will continue to play with her club.

At 33, the camogie development officer has not only been a legend in camogie for her club Killeagh, and in football for Inch Rovers and Donoughmore, but also for Cork in both codes.

In football she holds five senior All-Ireland titles, seven Munster championships, four National Leagues, three senior All-Ireland club medals and one at intermediate, seven Munster clubs and 13 county titles.

In camogie she holds seven senior All-Ireland medals, 10 Munsters, nine National Leagues, two All-Ireland club medals and four Munster clubs.

She has also won three camogie All-Stars and one football All-Star, and was named Camogie Player of the Year in 2006.

She is also among a historic group of dual players who won back-to-back All-Ireland doubles in 2005/06 and 2008/09 — a feat never done by a Cork player, men or ladies.

Winning a senior All-Ireland club medal with Inch Rovers last year is one of her career highlights, however, it was the 2008 win over Monaghan which stands out having been told 12 months previous that she would never play again following a serious knee injury.

In 2009 she captained Cork to their fifth successive All-Ireland title against Dublin.

Article courtesy of the Evening Echo newspaper.

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