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

Biography - C49 Brendan Glynn.

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Brendan Glynn, the fifth of eight children of Jimmy Glynn was born in Dunmore in 1932. After primary school in Dunmore and secondary school in St. Mary’s College, Galway Brendan went to work in the family business until 1962. In that year he started a wholesale confectionary business, supplying shops all over the West of Ireland.
He was a noted footballer in his youth, playing Gaelic football for Dunmore McHales. He won three county championships with that club, the first of these in 1953. Brendan played in goal and was brought into the senior county team in that position in 1954. Unfortunately, Brendan’s years with the county team were years when Galway did not have much success at a national level.
In 1954, having won the provincial championship, Galway lost to Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-final. In 1955, Brendan was on the county junior team which won the Connaught junior championship. He was back on the senior team in 1958 but that year Galway lost to Dublin in the All Ireland semi-final. He played in the junior All Ireland also, in 1958 and lost to Dublin once more. He was a substitute on the 1959 senior team which lost to Kerry in the All Ireland semi-final. 1961 was Brendan’s last year on the Galway team when Galway lost the Connaught final to Mayo by a solitary point. This was the famous match during which the crossbar broke in two.After retiring from football, Brendan played tennis and squash for Connaught. He is now retired and plays golf whenever he can – naturally to a high standard.
In 1962 Brendan married Dympna Connolly from Cummer, near Tuam, where her family had a shop and farm. Dympna was educated in the Dominican Convent, Taylor’s Hill, Galway.  After doing a commercial course, Dympna at first worked at home and later for many years with the Galway Printing Company. Bridge is her hobby twice a week.
Brendan and Dympna have three children, Seamus, born in 1963, Marian born in 1966 and Ronan, born in 1971. They have six grandchildren and live in Galway.
Brendan died, aged 80, on Friday June 15th 2012. He is buried in Rahoon Cemetery.


The death has occurred of Brendan Glynn of Whitestrand Park, Galway.

Native of Dunmore, Co. Galway. (peacefully) beloved husband of Dympna and loving father of Séamus (Dublin), Marian Hopkins and Ronan. Sadly missed by his wife, sons and daughter, sister Joan, brothers-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, nephews and niece, relatives and friends. Reposing at the O’Flaherty Funeral Parlour, Munster Avenue on Sunday, 17th June, 2012 from 4.30 p.m. with Removal at 6p.m. to St. Mary’s Church, the Claddagh. Funeral after 11 o’c Mass on Monday to Rahoon cemetery. ‘May He Rest In Peace’

Date published: Saturday, June 16, 2012. Date of death: Friday, June 15, 2012
Galway mourns passing of a sporting character.
Galway Advertiser, June 21, 2012.
Brendan Glynn RIP
A well-known Galway footballer of the fifties, Brendan Glynn, passed away in the city this week.
Brendan Glynn, who had recently celebrated his 80th birthday, was a key figure in Galway football for several years and, after retiring from the game, went on to represent Connacht in tennis.
The son of Jimmy Glynn, Brendan spent his youth playing with Dunmore McHales, winning three county championships with the club before being selected as the goalkeeper for the Galway senior team in 1954. He went on to feature in the Galway team until 1962 when Galway lost the Connacht final to Roscommon on the famous day the crossbar broke in McHale Park. Among his contemporaries on that side were Pat Donnellan, Brian Geraghty, Bosco McDermott, John Donnellan, Enda Colleran, Seán Purcell, Mattie McDonagh, Frank Evers, and Martin Newell.
Although the Galway team did not enjoy much national success during the fifties - Brendan was on the losing side in at least four All Ireland semi-finals - it was the forerunner to Galway’s famous three-in-a-row. He was also one of a rare group of Galway footballers to play in Wembley Stadium.
After retiring from football, Brendan continued his love of sport. A member of the Galway Lawn Tennis Club for the next 50 years, Brendan was a noted tennis and squash player who represented the province on a number of occasions.
Blessed with an effervescent personality, Brendan Glynn ran a successful wholesale confectionary business for many years. Full of laughter and always ready to help a friend, it was his sunny disposition that enlivened the lives of all who knew him. A gentleman and a great character, Brendan will be missed.
To his wife Dympna, children Seamus, Marion, and Ronan, his extended family and his friends, we offer our sincere condolences.

Ar dheis go raibh a anam.