Rena Buckley is an Irish sportswoman who played for both the Cork senior ladies' football team and the Cork senior camogie team. She has also represented Munster in the Gael Linn Cup and Ireland at international rules. Between 2005 and 2017 she won 18 All-Ireland winners medals, making her one of most decorated sportspeople in Gaelic games. In 2012 she captained Cork when they won the All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship and in 2017 she captained Cork when they won the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship. She was the first player to captain Cork to both All-Ireland senior championships. She was also named as an All Star on eleven occasions. In 2015 Buckley and her team mate and fellow dual player, Briege Corkery, were named joint winners of the 2015 The Irish Times/ Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Award.

Rena Buckley
Personal information
Irish name Ríoghna Ní Bhuachalla
Sport Ladies' Gaelic football
Camogie
Position Back/Midfield
Born c. 1987 (age 32–33)
County Cork, Ireland
Occupation Physiotherapist
Club(s)
Years Club


2005–2009
Inniscarra
Donoughmore
UCD
Inter-county(ies)
Years County
2003–2017
2004–2018
Cork (Gaelic football)
Cork (camogie)
Inter-county titles
All-Irelands 18
All Stars 11

Early years, family and educationEdit

Rena Buckley is the daughter of Paddy and Margaret Buckley. [1] Her hometown is Inniscarra. [2][3] Between 1999 and 2005 she attended St. Aloysius School in Cork. [4] Between 2005 and 2009 she attended University College Dublin where she gained a BSc in Physiotherapy and Performance Science. In 2017–18 she returned to UCD and completed a MSc in Sports Physiotherapy. [2][3][5][6] In 2019 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by University College Cork. [7]

Playing careerEdit

ClubsEdit

At club level Buckley plays Ladies' Gaelic football for Donoughmore and camogie for Inniscarra. [8][9][10] Between 2005 and 2009, while attending University College Dublin, she also played camogie for UCD GAA and featured in four successive Ashbourne Cup finals, finishing on winning teams in 2007 and 2008. [11][12][13][14][15][16]

Inter-countyEdit

Ladies' Gaelic footballEdit

Between 2003 and 2017 Buckley played for the Cork senior ladies' football team. Together with Valerie Mulcahy, Juliet Murphy and Briege Corkery she was a member of the Cork team that won eleven All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championships between 2005 and 2016. [8][10][17][18] In 2010 Buckley captained Cork when they won the Ladies' National Football League title [19] and in 2012 she was captain when they won the All-Ireland title. [20] In the 2016 All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship Final she was named Player of the Match. [21] In 2017 she retired from the Cork senior ladies' football team. [18]

CamogieEdit

Between 2004 and 2018 Buckley played for the Cork senior camogie team. Together with Gemma O'Connor, Anna Geary, Ashling Thompson and Briege Corkery she was a member of the Cork team that won seven All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championships between 2005 and 2017. [8][17][18] She captained Cork when they won the 2017 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final. [2][22][23][24][25][26] In 2018 Buckley announced she was retiring from the Cork senior camogie team. [27][28][29]

All-Ireland FinalsEdit

Between 2005 and 2017, while playing for the Cork senior ladies' football team and the Cork senior camogie team, Buckley won 18 All-Ireland winners medals, making her one of most decorated sportspeople in Gaelic games. In 2012 she captained Cork when they won the All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship and in 2017 she captained Cork when they won the All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship. She was the first player to captain Cork to both All-Ireland championships and, after Mary Geaney, she became only the second player to captain a team to both All-Ireland championships. On six occasions she helped Cork win the Double, after they won both All-Ireland championships in the same year. In total she played in 22 All-Ireland finals. On four occasions she finished as a runner-up, all with the Cork senior camogie team. In 2015 Buckley and her team mate and fellow dual player, Briege Corkery, both broke the record for most individual All-Ireland medals, overtaking the 15 won by the Dublin camogie player, Kathleen Mills. [2][17][22][23][24][30][31] In December 2015 Buckley and Corkery were named joint winners of the 2015 The Irish Times/ Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Year Award in recognition of there achievement. [17][32]

  Cork won the Double, winning both All-Ireland championships in the same year.

Final Place Opponent
1 2004 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final [17][33] Runners Up Tipperary
2 2005 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final [34] Winners Tipperary
3 2005 All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship Final [34][35] Winners Galway
4 2006 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final [36] Winners Tipperary
5 2006 All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship Final [37] Winners Armagh
6 2007 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final [38] Runners Up Wexford
7 2007 All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship Final [39] Winners Mayo
8 2008 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final [40] Winners Galway
9 2008 All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship Final [41] Winners Monaghan
10 2009 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final [42] Winners Kilkenny
11 2009 All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship Final [43] Winners Dublin
12 2011 All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship Final [44] Winners Monaghan
13 2012 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final [45] Runners Up Wexford
14 2012 All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship Final [20][46] Winners Kerry
15 2013 All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship Final [47] Winners Monaghan
16 2014 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final [48] Winners Kilkenny
17 2014 All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship Final [49] Winners Dublin
18 2015 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final [50] Winners Galway
19 2015 All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship Final [51] Winners Dublin
20 2016 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final [52] Runners Up Kilkenny
21 2016 All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship Final [21] Winners Dublin
22 2017 All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship Final [2][22][23][24][25][26] Winners Kilkenny

International rules footballEdit

Buckley was a member of the Ireland women's international rules football team that played against Australia in the 2006 Ladies International Rules Series. [53][54]

Personal lifeEdit

Buckley is a member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. In 2013 she became a partner in a physiotherapy centre in Muskerry, County Cork. Since September 2015 she has operated her own clinic in Macroom. Her clinic are the club physiotherapists for several local GAA clubs including Naomh Abán. [4][5][6][33] Buckley is engaged to the Freemount GAA player, Páidí Collins who placed third in The Geller Cup in 2012. [1][3][9]

HonoursEdit

Ladies' Gaelic footballEdit

Cork

CamogieEdit

Cork
UCD

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

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