G-Forces combine once again on St Patrick’s Day for rugby folk this year: Galway, Glenina, Guinness, and Glynn.

Galwegians host Corinthians on Paddy’s Day, Saturday, for the Glynn Cup.Glynn71

One of Connacht Rugby’s most prestigious trophies, it rewards club depth ahead of premier dominance. It is a trophy whose winning may hinge on an Under13 game runaway try as much as a last-minute dropped goal in the senior fixture. Former Galwegian, Connacht rep, referee and IRFU president Johnny Glynn may have inadvertently lent his name to the trophy, but Corinthians retain bragging rights at this stage as incumbent holders and most-crowned champions.

Glynn72The one-day festival regularly involves up to 500 players and coaches, supporters and revellers float that figure nearer to 1000.

Each victorious team from Under13 up earns a point for their Alma Mater, the aggregate tally determines where JJ’s trophy will summer. Adrian Glynn was on hand at the Meyrick Hotel on last week with club dignitaries, local media, Branch personnel and players to lunch this year’s celebrations.

Taking pride of place beside the 54-year-old cup was the Langan Trophy – just reward for youth hegemony.

The Langan rewards excellence in the junior ranks alone, and pays perpetual tribute to stalwart rugby servant Gerry Langan.Glynn75

Glynn’s contribution to Connacht rugby does not necessarily set him apart from the province’s most faithful Godfathers, but the furious pace of his tenure is another story altogether. Quite aside from his service record in and around Crowley Park as a club man, be it boots or a blazer, and in addition to the roles he filled at Connacht level (again as a player) and including as a referee, he occupied the president’s role atop the national union. Admirable enough on the face of it, Glynn did so still in his forties. Tragically, death cut short his legacy at age 46, but he is survived by family members and the trophy carnival outlined above.

His beloved Galwegians stamped their authority on it in its infancy winning two five-year streaks, but Corinthians claim the longest.

For 13 years Galwegians was unable to wrest it from its N17 stronghold. Competitions Committee member Ciaran Smyth, whose contribution to rugby in the province far outweighs his current post, is perhaps the trophy’s most familiar friend having won it more than a dozen times in his playing career.

Knockon.ie’s Rob Murphy MC-eed the Monday launch and while delighted with the Glynn Cup’s resurgence after a decade-long hiatus during the ‘00s bemoaned the absence of more crunch derbies in AIL rugby. “I’d only be thrilled to cover more local derbies at All-Ireland level in Connacht.

“The spread of our senior clubs through the AIL ranks means we don’t get too many opportunities. The Glynn Cup affords us a wonderful chance to see parochial and partisan rugby as its best. It not only promotes local rivalry, but celebrates it too.”

Galwegians president Noel Leader lauded old-school traditions which stand the tests of time.

“The fact it’s gone on for so long, particularly in such an fast and ever-changing world is fantastic. I’ve never won it as president, I’m very much looking forward to it this year,” Leader added.

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