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

Biography - B20 Michael Joseph Glynn.

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Michael Joseph (Joe) Glynn was the first born and eldest son of John Glynn and Mary Anne Coyne. He was born on the 3rd December 1893, just 10 months after his parents' marriage. Joe's godparents were his mother's brother and sister; Edmond and Kate Coyne and the baptism took place in the local Catholic church in Williamstown. Joe worked in the family shop in Wiliamstown until the early 1920s. With the end of the Civil War and the formation of the Irish police force in 1922 Joe, along with many other young Irishmen, decided that there was no better career than one in the Garda Siochana. The new, young force was however, looking for younger men than Joe so he "doctored" his birth certificate so that it appeared that he was five years younger than he actually was. He was accepted by the Gardai and joined the force in August 1923. He retired in 1960 having attained the rank of Superintendent
On 19 October 1936 Joe married Teresa Langan at Haddington Road Church in Dublin. Teresa was from Roundfort, County Mayo but worked in Dublin. She had a job in the lingerie department of Switzers one of Ireland's most exclusive stores, in Grafton Street. Teresa was always "delicate" and had suffered from TB as a young woman, which according to his nephew Jack Glynn, precluded the marriage from being consummated. The facts will never be known but certainly they had no children and slept in separate bedrooms. Teresa had two sisters, Lucy and Julie, who attended her in the sacristy when she got sick on her wedding day and had to be rushed home.
Joe and Teresa lived much of their married life in Howth. County Dublin. I recall visiting them, when as a child we made a family trip to Dublin. Teresa was very gentle and kind and showed us children the view of Ireland's Eye through a telescope from the kitchen window. I broke a glass while there and was mortified but Joe and Teresa were exceedingly nice about it. Joe was the undisputed head of the Glynn family; a stern disciplinarian and all his nephews and nieces and even his brothers and sisters lived in fear of his wrath.