Glasgow closer to home than Dublin

With Jim McGuinness double-jobbing between his new role as Celtic’s performance consultant and Donegal manager, he can conceivably reach Glasgow faster than he would Dublin.

McGuinness’s working week will initially require two days in Scotland, with the 39-year-old set to start work in Glasgow next month.

McGuinness and his family, with three children under five, moved from his wife Yvonne’s homeplace of Creeslough to his own native town, Glenties, in September.

Their new home in Kilkenny, Mass, overlooks the Gweebarra River, situated between Glenties and Lettermacaward.

There are two airports serving the north-west, Donegal Airport at Carrickfinn and the City of Derry, in Eglington. From McGuinness’s home, Carrickfinn is 30km, which would take less than half-an-hour by car.

Their flybe service goes to and from Glasgow International four times a week, with a one-hour flight time. So, giving, say, half-an-hour to disembark; Lennoxtown, the site of Celtic’s training facility where McGuinness will be based, is approximately 25 minutes from the airport. All in, the journey equates roughly to three hours and 25 minutes, which is half-an-hour less than from Glenties to Dublin by road.

It is 102km from Glenties to City of Derry, a one hour and 40-minute drive. They fly, in their case daily with Ryanair, to and from Glasgow Prestwick. The flight takes 45 minutes. Then, with the flight touching down at Prestwick, the distance to Celtic’s base at Lennoxtown is 69km, a one-hour drive. McGuinness could make it from his home, using City of Derry, to work in Glasgow in four hours and 55 minutes.

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