George Donovan- Glynn-Barntown

George Donovan was a regular member of the – Glynn- Barntown team – for a number of years until 1974 when he retired to concentrate on Handball.

When playing Hurling, he was an outstanding Full Back. He also played in the Forward Line for the Club. When playing in a defensive role, he defended with determination, courage and commitment.

George even after giving up the Hurling to play Handball, was always dedicated and supportive of the Club and continued to be an ardent follower of the Club’s fortunes and achievements.

When playing in the Half Back line for Glynn-Barntown, he had wisdom, an astute brain and the ability to get possession in the tightest of situations. He was strong and clever and never indulged in rough tactics and always played fair and with flair.

George never allowed any of his opponents any latitude to get in a free shot at his goals. He was born in 1948 and was educated at Barntown N.S. and Wexford V.C..

His Boyhood Hero was – Ned Wheeler. One of the best goalie’s he has seen in Hurling was – Damien Fitzhenry, and in Football, he selects – Stephen Cluxton (Dublin).

The greatest game of Hurling he has seen was – Kilkenny vs Waterford – in the 2016 All Ireland Semi-Final in the drawn game. In Football, the game between – Dublin vs Kerry – in the 2013 All Ireland Semi- Final was classic.

The two best dual players he has seen outside of Wexford were – Jimmy Barry Murphy (Cork) and Brian Corcoran (Cork). In Wexford, he selects – Phil Wilson (Ballyhogue) and Joe Foley – as tops. Two of the best Dual Players he has seen in the Glynn-Barntown Team were – Michael O’Regan and Tony Berney.

One of the best individual displays he has seen was in the 2016 All Ireland Hurling Final given by – Seamus Callanan (Tipperary) vs Kilkenny.

The best Club Team he has seen in Hurling was the – Rathnure Team – in the early 70’s, winning 4 Co. Titles in a row.

Difficult opponents he encountered when playing were – Tony Butler (St. Martin’s) R.I.P., John Furlong (Kilmore, St. Pat’s), Lionel Rochford (Na Fianna) and Phil Beary (St. Anne’s).

The greatest Hurlers he has seen were – Christy Ring (Cork) R.I.P., Jimmy Doyle (Tipperary) R.I.P., Brian Whelehan (Offaly) and Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny).

In Wexford, in the last 40 years, the most impressive Hurlers George has seen were – Tony Doran, Mick Jacob Snr., Martin Quigley, Liam Dunne and Colm Doran.

The greatest Hurler he has ever seen was – Christy Ring (Cork) R.I.P.. The greatest Footballer he has seen was – Mick O’Connell (Kerry).

Other great Footballers were – Jack O’Shea (Kerry), Pat Spillane (Kerry), Peter Canavan (Tyrone), Willy Bryan (Offaly) and Colm Cooper (Kerry).

Glynn-Barntown Hurlers that stood out in George’s opinion were – John Barron, Andy Pierce, Michael Swan and Pat Leacy R.I.P..

The two best Full Backs he has seen in Hurling were – Brian Lohan (Clare) and Pat Hartigan (Limerick).

The two best Midfielders he has seen were – Frank Cummins (Kilkenny) and Des Foley (Dublin) R.I.P.. The two best Full Forwards he has seen were – Tony Doran (Wexford) and Seamus Callanan (Tipperary).

George played Juvenile Hurling, Minor Hurling and U’21 Hurling with Glynn-Barntown.

Of the present day Hurlers, the ones that were outstanding in George’s opinion were – Seamus Callanan (Tipperary), John McGrath (Tipperary), John “Buffalo” Dwyer (Tipperary), T.J. Reid (Kilkenny), Richie Hogan (Kilkenny), Austin Gleeson (Waterford), Kevin Moran (Waterford) and Joe Canning (Galway).

The greatest Hurling Team he has seen was the – Kilkenny Teams – from 2002 to 2012.

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