When Brendan McGlynn from Stackarnagh in Churchill, awoke in the early hours of last Saturday morning he knew there would be a unique weekend ahead, but even he admits he can’t believe just how unique it turned out to be.
When he got up at 6.30am a trip to Letterkenny Hospital was on the cards as wife Pamela was heavily pregnant expecting their first child.
When they arrived there at 7.30am his first thought was that it could have been a false alarm and they would be told to return home. But advice from the medical staff claimed that ‘today’s the day’.
After a long day on the maternity ward, at 5.30pm Pamela gave birth to a little baby Leigha leaving one very proud dad wondering what could top this special moment?
With little Leigha’s timely arrival 45 minutes before throw-in at Croke Park, after spending time with his new expanded family before they needed their rest time, Brendan managed to catch the period of extra time in the tension filled quarter-final clash between Donegal and Kildare which he describes as “nail biting enough stuff”.
Of course his joy was heightened as Kevin Cassidy’s dramatic point sealed an historic victory.
After getting over the excitement of the day he awoke on Sunday to reflect on his beautiful new daughter, a historic win by Donegal and life was pretty good. How could this get any better?
After a day of visiting his wife and daughter and meeting up with friends and family, just as Sunday was drawing to a close he got a late night call to tell him he had been successful in the St Eunan’s GAA club draw and had just won €10,000.
Brendan explains how his amazing weekend unfolded.
“It was great. On Saturday we got up to the hospital at 7.30am with the intention of being back home by mid-morning but we ended up being told that we wouldn’t be getting back, but everything went straight forward and Leigha was born at half five in the evening. The hospital staff were brilliant so a big thanks to them. That was the first chapter and I managed to see the extra time in the Donegal game, which was nail biting enough stuff. In fact Saturday was mental from one end of the day to the other,” he laughed.
Then on Sunday at 11.45pm Brendan’s luck continued when his name was pulled out of the St Eunan’s GAA club draw and he was the lucky winner of the €10,000 first prize.
The irony being that in the McGlynn family, Brendan’s brothers are staunch St Eunan’s followers while he himself is a committed Glenswilly man. It remains to be seen if his luck continues when both sides meet in the Donegal senior football championship this Sunday.
Looking back at his amazing weekend he claims: “You couldn’t write it!”