In all probability the first G.A.A meeting to be held in the parish of Glynn was at Muchwood on Sunday 6th December 1885. The first contest took place on Sunday 21st February 1886 when a team (21 players) travelled to Murrintown to play the local team in a friendly game. Comment was made on the total disregard of referees and umpires: “nearly every player on the field made an umpire of himself”. Meetings of the club were held in 1887 at Ballyeaton. In 1888 the Glynn Barntown Club was not recognised and some of the players lined out with a new team from Park. In April 1907 the Wexford Independants travelled to Carrigmannon on the invitation of the newly formed Glynn hurling club.
In 1929 Michéal Kehoe arrived in the parish and with the assistance of Andy Hamilton and Dick Wadding he revived the club. Glynn Barntown won their first ever County title. They defeated Gorey Wolfe Tones by 7 goals 3 points to 3 goals to become County Junior Hurling Champions. Glynn Barntown went on to win the County Intermediate Hurling titles in 1931 and 1934. Minor hurling titles came to the parish in 1934 and 1939. Nicky Rackard won his first championship medal with Glynn Minors in 1939. In 1966 Glynn Barntown won their first ever Rackard League beating Oulart. Glynn Barntown joined forces with St. Martins at underage level in 1972 and became a strong force in hurling. In 1974/75/76 they won the Premier Minor Hurling Championship. During the 1980s, we won County Championships at U-14, Juvenile, Minor and Intermediate levels.
The late eighties provided the solid foundation for how the modern Glynn Barntown club stands proudly and prominently amongst the football and hurling clubs of today. In 1987 the Intermediate hurlers secured the championship by beating next door neighbours, and fierce rivals Crossabeg-Ballymurn, while the following year the Intermediate footballers achieved senior status, claiming the scalp of Buffers Alley in the final. Joy turned to despair in 1989 when the Duffry Rovers beat the Green and Blues in a County Final replay. There was to be no change of fortune in 1990 and 1991 when the Enniscorthy district side again beat Glynn-Barntown in consecutive finals. 1994 saw the Junior B footballers take the County title, accounting for Fethard in the final. The same year, the under 21 hurlers won the first of a notable double, beating Duffry Rovers in the decider. The following year they saw off the challenge of St. Martins in the final.
It was 1995 before the club were to reach another Senior county final. This time the code was hurling, the opposition was Oulart-the-Ballagh and the result was further heartbreak. Learning from past mistakes the players came back hungrier than ever in 1996, the year when Glynn-Barntown won our first and only Senior title, beating Kilanerin to take the football championship. That final was delayed somewhat by the success of Wexford’s Intercounty hurlers, who, on their quest to All-Ireland glory, brought clubmen Gary Laffan, Shane Carley and Tommy Kehoe along for the ride. And but for the heroics of Limerick goalkeeper, Joe Quaid, Laffan would surely have taken the man of the match award in that final.
The following Year Glynn-Barntown were in another Senior county decider. This time the code was hurling, the opposition was Oulart-the-Ballagh and the result, you guessed it, was further heartbreak.
The Junior B hurlers advanced to the ranks of Junior A in 1998. The final was played on our new pitch during the December rains and Oylegate-Glenbrien were the victims.
It was to be 2003 before the club’s Senior team got back in business. Again they reached a county senior final. This time the code was hurling, the opposition was Rathnure and the result? Heartbreak! That Senior hurling title continues to allude Glynn-Barntown, but with numerous underage successes in the recent past, including a Championship in every age group from under 12 to under 21 in 2006 the future is bright. More recent successes include u16 hurling (Division 1) and Minor Football (Division 2) 2012 aswell as u16 football Division 2 shield (2014). A huge high for the club was winning the Division 1 Football Féile in Wexford in 2013 and travelling to the National Finals in Derry in June of that year where we received superb hospitality from our host club Slaughtneil. In 2015 following a hard fought campaign our Intermediate Footballers bounced back from 2014’s Co. Final defeat to secure the Intermediate title and place ourselves back in Senior Football ranks. The same men accounted excellently for themselves in the Leinster Championship in the same competition reaching the Leinster semi final to be defeated by just 3 points by Athlone.
Our Camogie Club is also among the youngest and strongest in Wexford. Founded in 1997 the club reached the final of the All Ireland ‘B’ Féile camogie competition the next year and went on to win it’s first adult title in 2000 (Junior ) , achieving Intermediate status the following year. In 2002 the club made the leap into Senior and went on to win Intermediate twice more (2006, 2008 -having been relegated twice) before it began to retain its Senior status winning Senior ‘A’ in 2013 and again in 2015. In 2008 we won “Wexford Camogie Club of the Year” following Intermediate camogie successes (League and Championship ), a Junior B League win, in addition to 2 underage championships (u14 and 18) Slaney B Camogie and u14 League . This success continued in 2009 with the u18’s retaining their title and in 2014 we won U16 and 18 Roinn 1 Championships and both Junior C Championship and League. In 2015 we contested our first ever County U16 Premier final in Wexford Park versus St Martins. We also contested our the Junior B final in our first year in the grade and won the Senior B final. In 2016 we field teams from U10 to Senior with our U14 , 16, and 18 teams all competing in the Premier grade , while we also field 2 adult teams- Junior B and Senior.
Ladies Football Club
Founded in 2012/13 the club has already won u12 and u14 titles (Division 4 2013) and u18 shield (Division 4 2014) and now fields u12, 14,16 and 18 teams while also entering it’s first adult championship ( Junior ) in 2015.
A Bright Future
All that has gone in the past has laid incredibly strong foundations. A huge investment in facilities in recent has given us a gifted bunch of young players and cemented us at the heart of our community.
In recent years we have hit historic milestones, camogie club of the year in 2008, u16 camogie champions 2014, u18 camogie county champions 2008 ,2009, 2014 and a Senior ‘A’ camogie title. Our first Premier u21 football title in 2008, runners up in 2009 and 2010. Roinn 1 hurling winners 2009 and 2012 and then a Premier U21 hurling title in 2010. Probably the achievement which means most in terms of the future was the winning of the minor premier football and hurling double in 2009. It cant be co-incidence that this group of players are the first to have had the modern club facilities at their disposal since they were 12 years old.
We relish the challenge of being a successful dual club and we have the resources on and off the field to be confident of making an impact in both codes. We strive to provide the best facilities for our community. Many look on with envy when they see a hurling wall with an Astroturf playing surface, 2 full size pitches, an underage pitch, 2 tennis courts, a walking/jogging track, an indoor fitness centre, 6 dressing rooms and a modern clubhouse all set into a wonderfully picturesque setting with Forth Mountain rising in the background.