FAI pays its respects to Dessie Glynn RIP

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FAI pays its respects to Dessie Glynn RIP

THE Football Association of Ireland is saddened to learn of the passing of former international John 'Dessie' Glynn over the weekend.
9th Jan 2017

Dessie passed away last Friday aged 88 in the United States, where he had lived for many years. He moved there to coach German-Hungarian SC of the German American Soccer League in New York before settling in Lebanon, Pennsylvania where he worked for Buell Envirotech-GE, raised a family and retired. 

He won two Ireland caps - scoring on his debut against West Germany at Dalymount Park in 1951 and also appearing against Norway in Oslo four years later. His former Ireland colleagues included Con Martin, Frank O'Farrell, Alf Ringstead, Sean Fallon, Tommy Eglington and Arthur Fitzsimons.

The Dubliner's youth career included spells with Johnville and Clifton United before he proved himself a prolific striker with Drumcondra and Shelbourne. He bagged 111 League of Ireland goals before illness ended his career in 1958.

He won the League of Ireland title with Drumcondra in 1949 and played in two FAI Cup finals. He helped Drums beat St Patrick's Athletic in the 1954 and scored a penalty in the semi-final as  Drumcondra progressed to the 1955 final where they were beaten by Shamrock Rovers.

Des was predeceased by wife Rosaleen and sister Denise. He is survived by daughter Jacqueline, sons Desmond, Kevin and Alan, grandchildren Emma and Aidan, and brother Alan plus extended throughout Ireland and elsewhere. 

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney paid tribute to Glynn this afternoon.

“We are saddened to learn of the passing of former international Dessie Glynn. He has the honour of representing his country and scoring on the international stage and I’m sure his family were very proud of his achievements in the game. We will pay our respects to Dessie at the forthcoming World Cup qualifier against Wales,” he said. 

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Dessie Glynn meets President O'Kelly prior to Ireland v West Germany 1951