Glynn selected for International Rules team
WICKLOW’S dual star Leighton Glynn has his tremendous football talent recognised yet again by being chosen to play for Ireland in the International Rules test games in Australia. Glynn, who plays hurling with Glenealy and football with Rathnew, has been one of the outstanding players for the county in both codes in recent years.
Last year he was a surprise omission from the All-star team and it is a measure of his huge talent that he has caught the eye of Ireland manager Seán Boylan in a year that he is just coming back from a serious groin injury.
Tw e n t y - s i x - y e a r- o l d Leighton will fly out to Australia with the 27 man Ireland squad at the weekend and they will be involved in two tests against the Aussies in Perth and Melbourne over the following two weekends.
A versatile player, who has played his football in the half-back and half-forward lines for both club and county, Leighton Glynn will provide Seán Boylan with a number of options in making his team selections.
Leighton is only the third Wicklow man to be so honoured with selection on the Ireland squad - the previous nominees were Kevin O’Brien (Baltinglass) and Pat O’Byrne (Aughrim) - and Mr. Jimmy Dunne described it as a proud occasion for both his club and county.
Mr. Hugh Kenny is Seán Boylan’s assistant manager and one of the team selectors for the test series and, at the county final in Aughrim on Sunday, he and Leighton Glynn were presented with plaque to achievements.
In 2002 Hugh Kenny managed the Ireland’s students squad which brought their first success in Australia.
Leighton, the winner of player of the month awards in each of the last two years, was bowled over when he got the call from Seán Boylan to tell him he was in the
their Ireland squad.
‘It is a dream come true to get into this Irish team because I know what selections means to every player. Getting selected for Ireland makes all the effort worthwhile’ he said.
‘I’m aware that the games against Australia are going to be a massive challenge’ Leighton added.
County Chairman Andrew O'Brien presents plaques to Leighton Glynn and Hugh Kenny to mark their involvement with the Irish International Rules team. Also in photo is Jason Kenny.