O'Connor commits after hard decision
Gemma O'Connor admits that she had to think hard before deciding to play camogie for Cork for an 18th season.
The St Finbarr's legend remains one of her sport's most influential operators, winning a record 11th All-Star award last November, having helped the Rebels to the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Championship in September.
That was her ninth Celtic Cross and the Collins Barracks-based Irish Army officer is intent on helping Cork over the line again. That wouldn't have been on the agenda had the management team led by Paudie Murray or any of the players stepped away. And it is only after she had confirmed her commitment that she was made captain.
"I made a commitment in coming back this year (once) the management were there and there was no loss in players," said O'Connor. "Sometimes things might go a bit stale with teams, year in, year out. But for me, familiarity, consistency, especially if things work, is crucial. For young players coming up there needs to be something permanent that is there. They need to have that familiarity going forward.
"Once I make a commitment then I am back and that's it. If things change during the year I just don't down tools and say that's it. I have made a commitment then to the team and to the management."