Dermot McGlynn

Dermot McGlynn
Why I'm Participating

There isn't many people within the GAA community around these parts that don't know Dermot, and it isn't just because of his towering figure! 

Growing up in a family deeply rooted in the GAA and Naomh Ultan, Dermot's involvement was always inevitable. As the youngest in his family, he followed in the footsteps of his elder siblings Shane, Daniel & Michael, as well as his parents Raymond & Moya, who have all been active participants in the club over the years.

Each of Dermot's brothers contributed to the club's success, with notable achievements like the double win of the Minor team in 2008 of which Shane & Daniel were apart of. Shane & Michael also proudly hold Junior B Championship medals from the victorious 2013 team, while Daniel & Michael were ever present members during the club's league and Junior A Championship double triumph in 2015.

Raymond has always been associated with the club, having been there since its inception and actively participating in committees during its formative years. A dedicated supporter, he seldom misses a game, whether be it home or away, his familiar face a fixture in the crowd.

Moya has also dedicated significant time to the club, taking on various roles and serving as treasurer in the past. She was contributory in the running of the club's weekly bingo for many years.

You'll often spot Dermot in numerous photos of the teams mentioned above, a testament to his early dedication to the sport. Even from a young age, he was a familiar presence on the sidelines, assisting in any capacity he could. His own capability on the field didn't go unnoticed either, contributing to both U14 and Minor teams that clinched regional and county Championships.

Transitioning into the adult ranks, Dermot has represented the club at both senior and reserve levels for the past seven years. Renowned for his dead ball expertise, there's a memorable anecdote from one of his early games at Páirc Naomh Ultan where he decided to take the ball off Nutter for a free. Luckily enough for Dermot, he put it over the bar! 

Adding to his achievements, Dermot boasts a unique All-Ireland medal, earned as part of the LYIT team's Trench Cup victory in 2019. If you haven't heard about it from him yet, rest assured, you will!

When Dermot isn't busy at the Mill Park Hotel, you can bet he'll be found at Páirc Naomh Ultan. His impact on the younger generation of players is undeniable, having coached every single one of them in both boys' and LGFA teams. Their fondness for him is palpable, evident in their eagerness to inquire about his whereabouts if, by chance, he's not present.

To those participating in the upcoming cycle, keep an eye out for big Dermo! Known for his strategic training tactics on the pitch, he's notorious for saving himself for the final run. Don't be surprised if you witness him breaking the sound barrier as he speeds down Storm Hill on May 5th to get home first!


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