On the afternoon of Sunday February 24th the oldest man in Glenfin parish passed to his eternal reward in Letterkenny University Hospital. He was Daniel Francis McGlynn, better known in the local community and to many beyond it as Danny Hughie Jimmy. He was 92 years of age the 5th child of 12. He is survived by one brother Fonsie who lives in England and by two sisters, Sr. Peg and Mary. He was father to 7 children: 3 daughters, Mary, Ann and Eileen and four sons, Hugh, Eamon, Seamus and Patrick. He had many granchildren and one great-grandchild, Amelia.
Danny remembered how, as a young boy of about 5 years of age, on the 21st of May 1932 he saw the plane piloted by Amelia Earhart pass close to his home in Leitir Bric en route to land at Ballyarnet near Culmore, Derry. Amelia Earhart had taken off from Harbour Grace, Newfoundland almost 15 hours earlier. However 4 hours into her flight petrol began to leak from the tanks of the plane and this eventually forced her to land on a hill, near Ballyarnet racecourse overlooked by the Donegal mountains.
That Saturday afternoon of May 21st 1932 she created history by becoming the first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic. It was a journey of 2026 miles and she did it in 14 hours and 56 minutes. It is said that she flew in over Aranmore Island and then followed the railtrack of the old Lough Swilly Railway from Burtonport. This evetually led her to land safely not far from Derry. It was a small red plane, known as a Lockheed Vega. It was her original plan to land in Paris. However, the petrol leak forced her to cut her journey short and this meant that she had to land in a field belonging to the Gallagher family. As she approached to land safely at 2 p.m. on that Saturday she flew in over Moville, Co. Donegal.
During his lifetime Danny was a farmer and also a ‘dipping inspector’, a very important job in an area steeped in the tradition of sheep farming. He was blessed with a wonderful memory that he retained right up to the end. He was for many years a Eucharistic Minister in his native parish and was, since the age of 15, the one who led the Rosary at many a wake in Kilteevogue parish and beyond. He was a man of deep traditional faith and much loved by one and all especially by his own family who kept a loyal vigil by his bedside as he passed from life to eternity on Sunday afternoon.
Ar dheis laimh De go raibh se inniu.