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Video: Emotional Gemma O'Connor dedicates All-Ireland camogie triumph to ill mother

Published 14/09/2015 | 08:07

Cork players Gemma O'Connor, left, and Orla Cotter, lift the O'Duffy cup. Liberty Insurance All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final, Cork v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Cork players Gemma O'Connor, left, and Orla Cotter, lift the O'Duffy cup. Liberty Insurance All Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final, Cork v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Gemma O'Connor produced one of the greatest performances of her career as Cork retained their All-Ireland camogie title and she did so despite it being a very difficult time for her family.

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After putting in a tremendous display at centre-back as the Rebelettes overcame Galway by 1-13 to 0-9, O'Connor dedicated the win to her ill mother who couldn't attend the game.

She delivered her post-match message with the same poise and class as she had shown in her playing exploits during the game.

"It was the most emotional final, from a personal point of view, that I ever had to play in," the Defence Forces Corporal said.

"Number one for Cork and ultimately for my mother, only for her I wouldn't be playing here today and she's really ill at the moment .

"At every game and every waking moment she's there and unfortunately she couldn't be today.

"She is just an amazing woman. She's fighting so hard at the moment."

Yesterday's victory saw Cork join Dublin on 26 All-Ireland camogie titles.

Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley now have 15 All-Ireland titles each, nine in ladies football and six camogie.

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