The Glynn/Glenn/McGlynn family originating in Culkeen, Co. Roscommon 1825 - 2009

Biography - B23 Hubert Glynn (Castlebar).

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Hubert was born in Williamstown in 1898, fourth in the Glynn family.
He trained as a wireless operator and served in the British Merchant Navy on ships crossing the Atlantic during the First World War before he decided to join the Irish police force - the Garda Siochana - in August 1922. He remained with the Gardai until his retirement in 1961
Hubert was always very dapper - walking stick, straw hat and so on. He applied for a position as bodyguard to the President of the Republic of Ireland an extension of his job as a Garda. At the interview he was asked how many suits he owned, as the position was a plain clothes one. His response was "sixteen" and he got the job!
He was transferred to Castlebar and promoted to sergeant of weights and measures, in charge of ensuring that shopkeepers were using the correct weights on their weighing scales.
Hubert married Mary McMahon circa 1928 and they had a family of five sons. Mary died in 1969 in Castlebar where she and Hubert had lived for many years.
In the days before telephones were common, Hubert and the members of the family kept in touch by letter. These, accompanied by a fresh letter from the recipient, were posted onwards to another family member so that sometimes as many as five letters in one envelope arrived in the post.
Hubert later moved to Dublin and lived with his older brother, Joe, in Howth for a time. It was there that he died in 1974.