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The death has taken place of

John (Jack) Glynn


Jack died on Monday, 23 January.

He was 84 years of age.

John Glynn, better known to his many friends as Jack,
was born and grew up in Ballygloonan,
near Tuam, Co Galway, in 1931.

He attended Crumlin NS and received his secondary education at Tuam CBS.
The young Jack was a very hardy and dedicated young man.
Every morning he cycled 9 miles to the CBS in Tuam
and every evening he cycled the 9 miles back home.

He began his working life when he got a job in a garden nursery in Monivea.
In 1956, he moved to Wicklow to study Forestry,
and so he began the career at which he would spend the rest of his life.
It was also the career that would eventually bring him to Drumkeeran.  

He began his forestry work in Glengarriff
and and then moved to Youghal.

Around 1965 he was appointed to the forestry around Drumkeeran.

By the time he came to Drumkeeran he was married with three young daughters.
In the mid-1950’s, he had met Bernadette Fallon from Colooney.
The couple were married in October 1959 and initially settled in Co Cork.
Over the next few years they had three children,
three daughters; Mary, Ann and Jacqueline.
When they came to Drumkeeran they settled in Sheena,
and had four more children,
four sons; Sean, David, Matthew and Gerard.

Jack soon built up a huge respect among the men with whom he worked in the forest.
He made sure that they always had decent working conditions.
He was he was straight-talking man
so the men knew exactly where the stood with him.
But in Jack Glynn they also discovered a man
who was very fair and very decent in all his dealings with them.

His family was a hugely important aspect of Jack’s life.
He was a devoted husband to his wife Bernie
and a dedicated father to the children.
He provided for them as best he could
and he make sure that they lacked for nothing.

Jack’s philosophy of life was uncomplicated.
There was his work.  There was his family.  And there was his God.
And his goal in life was simply to do the best he could,
whether it be for his family,
or for the men he worked with in the forest
or for the neighbours in Sheena and Drumkeeran.  

Among his interests was gardening.
He grew his own cabbages, onions, carrots etc
and he also enjoyed cultivating roses, dahlias, sweet pea etc.
And here too, within in the garden,
everything was done with a certain skill,
with a certain taste and with a certain precision.

In his younger years he was quite a skilful hurler.
He had also played football, but hurling was his first love.
And he brought to the game, not only his hurling skill,
but also that hardy determination that was the hallmark of his life,
a determination that was summed up in his own words:
Pull on everything above the ground, except the thistles’.

Jack loved to speak the couple of words of Irish.
He regularly greeted people with a friendly
Dia dhiut or a Conas tá tú.
He had learned his Irish from his mother and his grandmother.
His mother Delia died in 1981.

Another interest he picked up from his mother was the love of music,
especially traditional Irish music.
He loved to listen to the various traditional musicians
but he also enjoyed listening to other styles of music,
including groups such as the Dubliners.
He himself was, on occasion, known to play a little on the accordion.

Another aspect of his life that he inherited from his mother was his great faith.
Not only was he a regular at Sunday Mass and daily Mass,
but he and his wife Bernie were among the first Eucharistic Ministers in the parish.
They also helped with taking up the Sunday collection,
and were always ready and willing to help out in all church activities.

Every Sunday and religious Feast Day
Jack collected the elderly folks in the locality
who hadn’t any means of getting to Mass,
and he drove them to the church.

The sudden and unexpected death of his wife Bernie in 2012
was a huge shock for Jack, and he was brokenhearted at her loss.
Her death had a profound effect on him.
For Jack was then in the early stages of illness,
and after Bernie’s death the extent of that illness became
more evident to all who visited him at home.
About three years ago,
his condition had deteriorated to the point
that he had to be admitted to St Patrick’s Hospital in Carrick-on-Shannon.

It was there that he died peacefully on Monday afternoon last.

The extent of Jack’s popularity in the locality
was evidenced by the large crowds that attended
his reposing in the Hospital Chapel,
and the Removal and Funeral in Drumkeeran Church.

Jack is survived by his daughters
Mary, Ann and Jacqueline

and by his sons
Sean, Matthew, David and Gerard.

The Funeral Mass on Thursday, 26 January,
was concelebrated by Fr Gerard Alwill PP
and by Fr Sean Mawn PP, Ballimamore,
formerly curate in Creevelea.

After the Mass Jack was laid to rest
in the family plot in Drumkeeran Cemetery.