Sunday 17 November 2019

Glynn keeping an open mind about future with Tribe

Jonathan Glynn of Galway. Photo: Sportsfile
Jonathan Glynn of Galway. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Johnny Glynn could be tempted to return home to Galway to put the shoulder to the wheel of the county's hurling team once more after tasting All-Ireland success on Sunday.

Glynn was included for his first championship start since the 2015 All-Ireland final, having spent the last two years based in New York.

The lines of communication were open between himself and Micheál Donoghue since Donoghue took over in late 2015 but Glynn was always intent on spending at least a year in the US before committing to anything.

When a firm offer came earlier this year he found it hard to refuse, despite the logistics of travel and work as a project manager in New York.

"If Galway ring you to come home, you're not going to turn your nose up at it.

"Galway is my county, that's where I grew up, you're never going to tell them, 'go away'," said Glynn yesterday.


He spent the best part of the last eight weeks, since the Leinster final, at home, only returning to New York for a few days after each game.

GAA Newsletter

Expert GAA analysis straight to your inbox.

"To be honest it wasn't really a sacrifice," he reflected.

"It's easily done. It's probably more hassle driving from Cork to Belfast, if you think of it that way. It's only a few hours' flight, into Shannon, and my home house is only 20 minutes from there. My dad (Martin) was always there to pick me up and we'll have an oul' chat.

"The lifestyle is good, I suppose. It's good craic, but you try to fill the gap with hurling, that gap was filled on Sunday and it's awful hard not to be involved in something like that, no matter what lifestyle is abroad. That was something special."

Glynn works for Topline Dry Wall and is thankful for the time they afforded him to fulfil his dream from such a distance.

"Two Leitrim lads, Jonathan Kenny and Padraig McGourty, opened it maybe five or six years ago, and I started there since I went over the last two years and I'm still there. The boys are sound. We work hard and we enjoy it."

Glynn was taken off early in the second half and his replacement, Niall Burke, made a real impact but the Ardrahan man has an open mind about the future. Travelling over and back like this year is unlikely to happen again, however.

"Last year I wanted a year out anyway. I had it booked and myself and the girlfriend decided we wanted to do the year, see how it goes.

"You don't know what could happen in the morning and you'd hate to see you never tried it. You don't know if you don't try."

Irish Independent

The Throw-In: 'Jim Gavin has achieved what Mick O'Dwyer and Brian Cody couldn't do'

In association with Bord Gáis Energy

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport