He was educated at Presentation Brothers in Cork and was capped at under 18 levels at soccer for Ireland when he played against Holland which included the young Johan Cryffe. The imagination runs riot at what might have been. He played for Cork Con in 1966 before joining Lansdowne in 1967 on his move to Dublin where Mick English was moved to full back to facilitate the burgeoning talents of the new no. 10. He played 2 seasons with Lansdowne and at the same time played League of Ireland soccer with Shelbourne Rovers.
He won 4 caps with Lansdowne in the 1968/69 season before returning to Cork and rejoining Cork Con, where he won a further 21 Irish caps and several Munster Cup medals with Con. During this period he was Omni-present on the Munster team.
He scored 60 points for Ireland through tries, penalties, conversions and drop goals. In a famous match against the All Blacks at Lansdowne Road which was drawn 10-10 on the 20/1/1973 he kicked 2 penalties and at the death took the touchline conversion of Tom Grace’s late try which appeared to be good but which was disallowed by the referee to the chagrin of 50,000 spectators and of course Barry himself. It would have made history as the only Irish side to beat New Zealand. He went on to become a single figure golfer and was honoured with the Presidency of Lansdowne in the 1995/96 season.
Date of Birth 28/05/1948
International Debut versus France
International Debut Date 25/01/1969
Last Test versus New Zealand
Last Test Date 05/06/1976
Test Tries 1
Test Penalties 15
Test Conversions 3
Test Drop Goals 6
Total Test Points 72