Former Cork star Sean Og O’hAilpin has described Rena Buckley as “one of the all time greats.” O’hAilpin was speaking on this week’s Super8s Podcast about the Cork ladies footballer and camogie star who announced her retirement from the inter-county scene earlier this week.
O’hAilpin said: “One of the all time greats. A smashing lady, couldn’t meet anyone nicer. You know you’re in greatness when you are with her. Inspirational. When you talk to the ladies who have played with her she was one of the few there, she’d go down the trenches with you.”
Throughout her distinguished career Buckley won 18 All-Ireland medals; 11 in football and 7 in camogie. She won 10 All-Stars and is the only player to captain her county to All-Ireland success at both codes.
Her decision was tinged with sadness for Cork people admitted O’hAilpin: “What a fitting end to a career. It came with a tinge of sadness for all Cork Gaels. You couldn’t argue with her decision because basically she has won everything in the game and couldn’t do no more. To finish up with 18 All-Irelands. Girls there the length and breadth of Ireland would dream of one.and there she has done it 18 times.”
O’hAilpin noted Buckley’s contribution to the game on and off the field of play: “Rena take a bow. She has been an inspirational player on and off the field. She has been a great role model.”