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Rena Buckley makes GAA history with an incredible 18 All-Ireland medals

Rena Buckley also became the first woman to captain a county side to All-Ireland success in both camogie and football.

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Updated – 20.33

CORK DUAL STAR Rena Buckley has made history in GAA by winning an 18th All-Ireland medal.

Buckley captained the Cork camogie team to a 27th All-Ireland crown, after a dramatic one-point win over rivals Kilkenny.

She previously had 17 medals across both codes, an honour which she shared with fellow dual player Briege Corkery.

But with Corkery taking a break from the county scene this year, Buckley pushes up to the top of the pile and stands in a league of her own.

Having captained the Cork ladies football team to All-Ireland success in 2012, Buckley becomes the first woman in Cork to skipper camogie and football inter-county teams to All-Ireland glory.

This camogie decider was a thrilling spectacle that saw both sides take the lead at times, but Cork have atoned for the heartache they suffered against Kilkenny in last year’s decider.

Kilkenny looked to have won it until Gemma O’Connor levelled proceedings with a monster strike from distance.

Substitue Julia White followed that up with a point in added time to ensure that the O’Duffy cup would be heading back to Cork for 2017.

And just as she did, when she captained the football team to an All-Ireland victory, Buckley made her acceptance speech in Irish.

The plaudits are pouring in for Buckley, and deservedly so:

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