THE GLYNN FAMILY

The Glynn/Glenn/McGlynn family originating in Culkeen, Co. Roscommon 1825 - 2017

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The Irish people in spite of their poverty have always had a great regard for education and the Glynn family in Culkeen was no exception.
From the letter to her son Patrick in Kansas, it is clear that Mary Glynn had an education. The original letter is in Aodan's possession. The handwriting is excellent and there are only a few misspellings. Bear in mind also, that Michael, Mary and the family used Irish (Gaelic) as their everyday language.
There was no formal school in the area until Cloonfad school opened about 1880 and Mount Delvin opened in 1884 but it is clear from the 1871 letter that young Hugh Glynn was going to school in 1871. According to Eddie Bermingham, as told to him by Owen Mullarkey, there was a private or hedge school in Benmore on the border with Ballinross in the decades before these schools were opened.This school was less than a mile from the Glynn farm. It was a tiny building run by a Master Godfrey who charged each pupil one shilling a year. Master Godfrey had some difference of opinion with the Catholic Clergy and was denounced from the altar and forced to leave the area. Somehow , the Glynns acquired an education, probably in this school or from their parents.
 

The 1871 letter