Cork should hon­our In­nis­carra’s Rena Buck­ley says camo­gie boss

The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

CORK should con­sider hon­our­ing its record win­ning All-Ire­land dual star Rena Buck­ley from In­nis­carra by nam­ing some road or piece of in­fra­struc­ture af­ter her - just as they have done with Christy Ring and Jack Lynch, ac­cord­ing to All-Ire­land win­ning camo­gie man­ager, Paudie Mur­ray.

Clough­duv born Mr Mur­ray paid tribute to his fel­low MidCork star when he took to the podium on the South Mall on Mon­day for the home­com­ing af­ter Cork, cap­tained by Rena Buck­ley, de­feated Kilkenny by 0-10 to 0-9 to move to the top of the Roll of Hon­our with 27 All-Ire­land ti­tles.

“To our se­nior team for the ef­fort, they put in – we spoke about a couple of things com­ing into this game, we spoke about com­po­sure, we spoke about de­sire and fi­nally wear­ing the Cork jersey and the duty they have to that jersey and yes­ter­day they car­ried out that duty bril­liantly.”

“Fi­nally to our cap­tain, Rena – what can I say about her – what a war­rior – you know, I drive around the city here a lot and I see the Christy Ring Bridge and the Jack Lynch Tun­nel and I think maybe it’s time we name some­thing af­ter her,” he said be­fore also thank­ing the clubs for their sup­port.”

Rena – who plays camo­gie with In­nis­carra and ladies foot­ball with Donough­more – con­cen­trated this year on camo­gie with Cork but the de­ci­sion proved the right one as she be­came the only player in the his­tory of Gaelic games to win 18 All-Ire­lands – seven in camo­gie and eleven in ladies foot­ball.

Among those to pay tribute to her was the Bishop of Cork and Ross, Inchigee­lagh born Dr John Buck­ley who said great credit was due to both Rena and her team­mates for the way that they had come back to de­feat Kilkenny who had pipped them in last year’s de­cider.

“It took a su­per­hu­man ef­fort to win and the team showed great de­ter­mi­na­tion and bound­less en­ergy and we con­grat­u­late them on their mag­nif­i­cence vic­tory and in con­grat­u­lat­ing them, we con­grat­u­late in par­tic­u­lar Rena Buck­ley, cousin of the bishop!” he de­clared to loud laugh­ter.

“What an achieve­ment on Rena’s part – yes­ter­day she won her 18th All-Ire­land medal be­tween camo­gie and ladies foot­ball and that achieve­ment will re­main in­deli­ble in the an­nals of the sport­ing his­tory of not just Cork, but in­deed of Ire­land,” added Bishop Buck­ley.

Ear­lier the Lord of Mayor of Cork, Cllr Tony Fitzger­ald and Mayor of Cork County Cllr De­clan Hur­ley had wel­comed Rena and her team mates on to the podium with the O’Duffy Cup to thun­der­ous cheers from the hun­dreds of fans gath­ered on the South Mall.

It fell to Rena – who works as a phys­io­ther­a­pist in Mac­room – to pay tribute to the fans for trav­el­ling to Croke Park in such num­bers to cheer them on against Kilkenny and then to turn out back in Mal­low and Cork to wel­come the team home af­ter their thrilling vic­tory.

“The one thing about this Cork camo­gie team is we are a very tight unit and I think this year ev­ery­one put their shoul­der to the wheel and backed ev­ery­one up from De­cem­ber all the way to the top of the Ho­gan Stand yes­ter­day– well done to ev­ery­one and I’m so proud of you all.”

Cork cap­tain Rena Buck­ley lifts The O’Duffy Cup af­ter the Lib­erty In­sur­ance All-Ire­land Se­nior Camo­gie Fi­nal match be­tween Cork and Kilkenny at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Míd­heach/Sportsfile

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