News » Archived News 2010

Road Named After Legendary Bowler Mick Barry


Wednesday, 15th December 2010 saw a great turnout for the official naming of the Mick Barry Road at the road linking the Kinsale Road to the South Link Road where Mick Barry unveiled the nameplate erected in his honour. Mick Barry was born in 1919 in Waterfall and won many awards including eleven Munster Senior Finals and eight All-Ireland titles.  He is famous for conquering the “Bowler’s Everest” – the Chetwynd Viaduct on the Cork-Bandon Road on St Patrick’s Day in 1955.

The area surrounding Black Ash was always a popular location on the south side of the city for road bowling – so it is fitting that, in recognition of Mick Barry’s many achievements, the road linking the Kinsale Road to the South Link Road is now officially named the “Mick Barry Road.”

Lord Mayor of Cork Michael O’Connell hosted a reception in City Hall afterwards attended by Mick Barry and members of his family:  son Pat Barry, daughter-in-law Mary and his granddaughter Deirdre along with many representatives of Ból Chumann na hÉireann including Chairperson Susan Greene and its president Liam O’Keeffe. A poem written by the late Denis McGarry on Mick Barry was read by Noel Magnier.  

mick barry 
Pictured signing the visitors book in the Lord Mayor's Office, City Hall after the official road naming are  Standing (l-r):Pat Barry, Deirdre Barry, Mary Barry & Noel Magnier
Seated (l-r)Lord Mayor Michael O'Connell & Mick Barry 

mick barry road 
Legendary Bowler Mick Barry adopts the stance at the road named in his honour.

mick barry group

Councillers,Cork City Council staff, Members of Ból Chumann na hÉireann and family
of Mick Barry at the offical naming of the road.


Back to list