Tuesday, February 7, 2023

‘Refereeing is a great way of being able to stay involved in the game’

GAA gene is strong on both sides of Bill’s family

By Randal Scally

Frank ‘Bill’ Glennon is proud to fly the flag for Rhode as a football referee.

Christened Frank but better known as Bill, he started out on his refereeing journey in 2016 and sees it as a way of giving something back to the GAA. The 44-year-old has always been involved in Gaelic games and juggles refereeing with managing the Rhode junior ‘C’ team and a busy work and family life. He is also a member of the Rhode Athletic Club and regularly takes part in 5k and 10k runs.

The GAA gene is strong on both sides of Bill’s family. His father, also Frank, won three senior championship medals with Rhode, while his uncles Richard, Greg, John ‘Beezy’ and ‘Smokie’ Joe Glennon also hold senior and other medals, and have given tremendous service to ‘The Village’ in various capacities down through the years. Bill’s mother, Maggie is a sister of former long-time Rhode secretary Seamus Murphy, while her father, William is remembered as being a great footballer for the club.


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