- Paddy Barry (St. Vincent's)
Infobox GAA player
sport = Hurling
name = Paddy Barry
irish = Páidí de Barra
fullname = Paddy Barry
placeofbirth = Bandon Road
countryofbirth = Cork
county = Cork
province = Munster
club = St. Vincent's
clposition = Goalkeeper
clubs = St. Vincent's
clyears = 1950s-1970s
counties = Cork
icposition = Goalkeeper
icyears = 1963-1974
icapps(points) = 33 (0-0)
icprovince = 4
icallireland = 2
Early & private life
Paddy Barry was born in the Bandon Road area of Cork in 1941. At a young age the family moved to Blarney Street on the nothside of the city. He was educated locally and later spent over thirty years working as a laboratory technician at
University College Cork.
Barry started playing
Gaelic gamesat the age of seven with the local St. Vincent's GAAclub. He first tasted success when he won a county minor hurling title in 1957 at the age of 15. Barry played as a half-forward in that game, however, two years later he was persuaded to try out as the goalkeeper on the team. It was an inspired move as Barry turned out to be an excellent shot-stopper. He later went on to have some other minor successes with his club.
In 1959 Barry was spotted by the Cork minor hurling selectors. He played on the inter-county team that year but lost in the Munster final. In 1960 Barry played on the Cork junior hurling team. He won a Munster title with the side but lost the All-Ireland final to Carlow. Two years later in 1962 Barry made his senior hurling debut in a
National Hurling Leaguegame against Kilkenny. The following year Mick Cashmanretired and Barry became the first-choice goalkeeper for the senior team. He lost his position to Finbarr O'Neillof Glen Rover in 1965, however, he was back in 1966. This turned out to be a special year for Cork. Barry collected his first Munster Championship medal before later defeating Kilkenny to win his first All-Ireland medal. It was Cork’s first title in twelve years. Two years later in 1968 Barry won a Cork intermediate title with his club St. Vincent’s. In 1969 he captured his first National League title before winning his second Munster medal. Unfortunately Kilkenny gained revenge for 1966 when they were victorious over Cork in the All-Ireland final.
Cork were back in 1970 and this time Barry was captain of the side. He guided Cork to a second National League title in-a-row before capturing a second Munster title in-a-row also. In the first 80-minute All-Ireland final Cork faced Wexford and won with a huge score of 6-21 to 5-10. It was Barry’s second All-Ireland medal. Two years later in 1972 he won a third National League medal before claiming his fourth Munster title. Cork once again faced Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final, however, “the Cats” were victorious in this thrilling game. Barry played his last game for Cork in the first round of the Munster Championship in 1974. The game itself was not a good one for Barry as he was sent off for hitting an umpire with his hurley. Although his inter-county career was over he continued hurling with St. Vincent’s in Cork.
In retirement from the game Barry was a selector on Cork’s under-21 hurling side in 1988.
list1=Cork Hurling Team 1966
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