The Legendary Úna O’Connor Won The First Of Her 13 All Ireland Titles In 1953 Aged Just 15

Úna O’Connor is front row 4th from left
Úna O’Connor is front row 4th from left.

Legendary Dublin Camogie Player Úna O’Connor passed away peacefully yesterday the 3rd of March.

Úna played in the golden era of Dublin camogie winning 13 senior All Ireland medals and is second on the honours list to her fellow Dublin legend Kathleen Mills who won 15 titles.

O’Connor is regarded as one of the greatest camogie players of all time and was named on the Team of the Century

Úna played for the famed Celtic club having been spotted by Celtic playing with the boys on her road.

Her intercounty career went from 1953 to 1967 and ten of her of her thirteen All Ireland medal wins were in a row.

The Legendary O’Connor began her Dublin career by helping the side to win three All Ireland titles in a row, she was just 15 years of age when she won her first title in 1953.

Dublin failed to win the 1956 All Ireland title, but Úna O’Connor continued her prolific form through the next decade and secured her own record of 10 successive All Ireland titles captaining the side in their title wins in 1963 and 1964.

A prolific forward she combined well with Judy Doyle to create great scores and was a major headache for defenders.

Úna played in the era when the Phoenix Park would have been her camogie home. A witty, good humoured player she played with a short stick which is so much in vogue today.

She was also a member of the Celtic club who won the inaugural All Ireland club championship in 1964.

The Dublin side defeated Deirdre of Antrim with the lethal forward scoring 3-01 on the day and O’Connor went on to win 10 county titles with her club.

She was the first camogie player to be awarded the Caltex Award (later known as Texaco award) and in 1964 was also a recipient the inaugural Gaelic All-Star Award.

Úna O’Connor died peacefully in the care of the staff of Care Choice Nursing Home surrounded by her loving family yesterday.

Her funeral will take place at the Church of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Marino at 11.30am, followed by cremation at Glasnevin Crematorium.

Those attending the funeral are encouraged to wear Dublin colours. Family flowers only are requested, donations, if desired, to Dogs Trust Ireland.

May she rest in peace.