Friday 15 November 2019

Soccer star turned Cork camogie hero O'Connor has no regrets

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O’Connor: "I just played soccer, and I always missed camogie when I played soccer, when I was away and travelling with the teams." Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Had she made a different choice, Amy O'Connor could be living a very different life.

At one point, the Cork camogie star faced into a major sliding doors moment in her sporting life.

A soccer scholarship student at UCC, she could pursue the game and take up the chance to play in the US or France.

Or she could follow her heart and play camogie.

"I probably made a bigger deal out of it at the time than it actually was because I always knew deep down I was going to go with camogie anyway," she said.

"Soccer, it sounded great, would have gotten to go to America, France, play professional, but I was always very education-focused. I always wanted to get a good education.

"And I just think that if I had gone with the soccer that that wouldn't have been as possible as with the GAA.

"To be honest, I just love camogie. Like, I always loved camogie much more than I loved soccer.

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"I just played soccer, and I always missed camogie when I played soccer, when I was away and travelling with the teams. It was always something I missed.

"And it was the best decision I ever made."

O'Connor's choice has paid off in spades. A recently qualified pharmacist, she recently picked up her first All-Star award last weekend.

However, it was the following evening when her club St Vincent's honoured her with a homecoming that was most special.

"I was the first All-Star from the club, male or female, and they had a homecoming for me, the whole club turned out."

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