Video: Emotional Gemma O'Connor dedicates All-Ireland camogie triumph to ill mother
Published 14/09/2015 | 08:07
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.
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.
Gemma O'Connor with an emotional iv pic.twitter.com/GN1S2mTF0S— Kevin Mc Gillicuddy (@KMcGillicuddy86) September 13, 2015
"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.