The Glynn/Glenn/McGlynn family originating in Culkeen, Co. Roscommon 1825 - 2015

Biography - C37 Joseph Kieran Egan (Fr. Nicholas).

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Joseph Kieran Egan, the fifth of a family of seven, was born in Dunmore on March 5th 1923. His father was Peter Egan, his mother Sarah Josephine Glynn, known as Ciss, the eldest daughter of James Glynn (A4). His grandfather, Edward Egan had a large farm in Carrowkeel, Ballinlass, near Dunmore and the family would be considered well off at the time. Peter opened a pub called The Shamrock Bar in Castle Street, Dunmore. His mother, Ciss and her sister Bride were educated in the Dominican Convent, Sion Hill, Dublin, one of the more expensive secondary schools in Ireland at the time. When Ciss Glynn and Peter Egan became engaged they knew that the Glynn family would not approve and on the night before their wedding, Ciss left a note for her father telling him that she was marrying Peter in Garrafrauns, Dunmore. Dean Macken, parish priest of Dunmore performed the ceremony. For a year afterwards, until their first child, Marion, was born, James Glynn refused to speak to his eldest daughter.
Peter Egan was a kind and gentle man. He is remembered by all who knew him as being too soft for a life in business. The pub was not a success and Peter spent some years working in America but he was there during the years of the depression when work was hard to find and came home to sell the pub in 1938. Peter and Ciss then went to England where he worked as a salesman. Both retired to Oranmore and when Ciss died in 1966, Peter went live with his daughter Marion in Ely, Cambridgeshire. When Marion died tragically he went to live with his son, Bernard. He died in 1974 in the care of his daughter Sister Priscilla in the Bons Secours Home, London. He is buried with Ciss in Oranmore. 
Fr Nicholas says that he always wanted to be a priest. From an early age he knew about the Franciscans and never considered anything else. His maternal uncle, Monsignor John Fallon was P.P. in Castlebar and before that President of St. Jarlath’s College, Tuam. Fr Ned Egan of Killererin parish near Tuam was another uncle. Fr Gerard Fitzmaurice, son of Kate and brother of Jack was a cousin. Other cousins include, Fr Gerard McGarry, Professor in Maynooth and founder of “The Furrow”, Fr Senan (Peter) Egan O. Carm., Fr Paddy Kelly, Fr Richard Tarpey and Brother Tommy Egan.
Nicholas was educated between 1936 and 1941 in Multyfarnham College, County Westmeath, a secondary school run by the Franciscan Order. While there he excelled at football and was good enough to play minor football for two years in succession for County Westmeath. The team lost in the Leinster provincial championship to County Longford the first year and to County Louth the next year. 

In 1941,he went on to the Franciscan Noviciate in Killarney. Between 1942 and 1949 he was studying for the priesthood in St Anthony’s, Newcastle, Galway and a BA in University College, Galway. He was ordained as Fr Nicholas in 1949. Between 1949 and 1952, Fr Nicholas was in Louvain, Belgium, studying Philosophy and was awarded his L.Ph. – Licentiate in Philosophy.

He came back to Ireland and spent the next five years as Spiritual Director of students in his old school, Multyfarnham. He was then appointed Assistant Lecturer in Philosophy in University College, Galway between 1957 and 1960. Once more he came back to Multyfarnham, this time as Rector.

He became Provincial Consultor of the Franciscans (Definitor) between 1972 and 1977, the province in this case being Ireland. 
At various times he has been Guardian in Franciscan houses in Drogheda, Clonmel, Waterford, Merchants Quay, and Dublin.
While in Waterford, he had suffered his first heart attack and came back to the Franciscan Abbey, Galway to recuperate. He was reappointed to Clonmel where he suffered another heart attack. After a bye pass operation he retired to Galway where he still works.
Nicholas Egan has always been a soft- spoken, gentle person, held in the highest regard by all of the Glynn family. He has always taken a great interest in family matters, has contributed much to these pages and has visited many members of the family in all parts of the world. Indeed, he has rarely missed any family occasion whether baptism, wedding or funeral.
Fr. Nicholas died on the 24th March 2003.
Note: Katie Egan, an aunt of Fr Nicholas’ married Andrew Fitzmaurice. They lived in Tuam and later in Cloonfad, where they had a bar/grocery business. Their son, Jack Fitzmaurice married Rose Glynn of Williamstown and they lived on the opposite corner of the crossroads. Andrew died at a young age but Katie lived to be 106 in Castlemagarret Nursing Home. According to Nicholas, she was a formidable lady and was able to say the prayers for the dying an hour before her death.