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Glenealy comes to a standstill as Wicklow hurling legend John Glynn is laid to rest


The late John Glynn.

The late John Glynn.

John captained Glenealy to Senior Hurling Championship victories in 1975 and 1986.

John captained Glenealy to Senior Hurling Championship victories in 1975 and 1986.


The late John Glynn.


GLENEALY and Wicklow hurling stalwart John Glynn was afforded a guard of honour as he was laid to rest on Saturday following his funeral mass.

Members of Glenealy Hurling Club formed a guard of honour outside St Joseph’s Church as his coffin was carried to his final resting place at Glenealy Cemetery.

John twice captained Glenealy to victory in the Wicklow Senior Hurling Championship as they lifted the O’Donoghue Cup in 1975 and 1986. He won the first ever Wicklow Sports Star of the Year in 1975, having won the man of the match award for the final of the same year, despite carrying a nasty knock for most of the match.

He scored two points as centre forward eleven years later when he led Glenealy to their fifth County title.

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John also proudly wore the blue and green jersey of Wicklow for over a decade, captaining his county in 1976.

He also made a contribution to Glenealy at management level and was part of the management team in 1986 and 2005 when Glenealy once again won the O’Donoghue Cup. He took on the role of Club Chairman from 1993 to 1998 and was one of the founding members of the club lotto.

The respect with his he was held was evident by the huge attendance at Saturday’s funeral. John was also a motorbike enthusiast and was involved in numerous charity drives through the decades. Some of his motorcycling fraternity also formed their own guard of honour at his funeral.

In a statement on Facebook, Glenealy paid tribute to John, saying:

“Many will remember John as a great leader and a natural reader of the game. He played in many positions for Glenealy, and was great in them all. Any of those who played with him will speak of his dedication and fitness, he was well liked and respected throughout Glenealy and the County - a true Gael. Off the field he was a true club man, many will know his personality and how great he was with people, a fair man and a great negotiator.

“Beyond all of this he was a gentleman and a great neighbour to those in his beloved Chapel Lane where he will be so sadly missed.”

Cllr John Snell also paid tribute to John and his ‘lasting legacy’.

He said: “His passing was a huge shock to everyone and represents a huge loss for the community of Glenealy, and the county as a whole. He was hugely loved and respected in Glenealy and volunteered so much of his time to Glenealy Hurling Club, but also to other community activities in Glenealy. He was also a keen biker and was involved in countless charity efforts and drives down the years. He leaves behind a lasting legacy.”

Other clubs also paid tribute once they heard of his passing.

Avondale GAA stated: "Avondale GAA sends its sincerest condolences to the family of John Glynn who sadly passed away

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Berny, his children, brother Tom, sister Breda, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and a wide circle of friends.”

"John and his family were steeped in Glenealy GAA and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Rest in Heavenly Peace John, you hurled like a man...you played the game.”

Rathnew GAA said: "We all at the club would like to send our deepest condolences to the family and friends on the passing of John Glynn Glenealy. may he rest in peace."

John passed away peacefully at home on Thursday surrounded by his loving family. He is survived and sadly missed by huis wife Benny, sons and daughters Joanne, Jonathan, Joseph, Daniel and James, brother Tom and sister Breda, grandchildren Emma-Jane, David, Maisy, Joseph and Scott, son in law Fergal, daughters in law Paola, Tracey and Stacey, sister-in-law Phil, brother-in-law John, extended family and many friends.