Anthony Barry

Anthony Christopher Barry (7 June 1901 – 24 October 1983) was an Irish businessman and Fine Gael politician who served as Lord Mayor of Cork from 1961 to 1962. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cork Borough constituency from 1961 to 1965 and 1954 to 1957. He was a Senator for the Cultural and Educational Panel from 1957 to 1961.[1]

Anthony Barry
Lord Mayor of Cork
In office
1 June 1961  12 June 1962
Preceded byStephen D. Barrett
Succeeded bySeán Casey
Teachta Dála
In office
October 1961  April 1965
In office
May 1954  March 1957
ConstituencyCork Borough
In office
19 April 1957  1 October 1961
ConstituencyCultural and Educational Panel
Personal details
Anthony Christopher Barry

(1901-06-07)7 June 1901
Cork, Ireland
Died24 October 1983(1983-10-24) (aged 82)
Cork, Ireland
Political partyFine Gael
Spouse(s)Mary Geoghan (m. 1928; d. 1983)
RelationsDeirdre Clune (Granddaughter)
Children5, including Peter
Alma materUniversity College Cork

Early life and career

He was born one of eleven children, his family had a small grocery business at Bridge Street in Cork. The firm specialised in teas and wines. The business later moved to Princes Street. It was awarded the Empire Cup for Tea Blending at the 1934 Grocers Exhibition in London. He spent his working life at the firm which was later developed under the tutelage of his son Peter into a major company called Barry's Tea.

Political career

Barry acted as election agent for W. T. Cosgrave, the former President of the Executive Council who was a Teachta Dála (TD) for Cork Borough from 1932 to 1944. Barry was elected to Dáil Éireann as TD for Cork Borough at the 1954 general election, but lost his seat at the 1957 general election and was then elected to the 9th Seanad on the Cultural and Educational Panel.[2] He was re-elected to the Dáil at the 1961 general election, and served until a further defeat at the 1965 general election. He was also Lord Mayor of Cork from 1961 to 1962.

Family and personal life

Barry's son Peter won a seat in his old constituency in 1969, he was a Minister and briefly Tánaiste in the 1980s, and was succeeded as TD in 1997 by his daughter Deirdre Clune. Anthony Barry's daughter Theresa (Terry) Kelly served as Mayor of Limerick from 1983 to 1984.[3]

Barry had an interest in photography from an early age and in his 50s his skill developed and apart from taking photographs he developed them at his home in York Terrace.

See also


  1. "Anthony Barry". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  2. "Anthony Barry". Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  3. "Terry Kelly; Mayor of Limerick and former CEO and Chairman of DCCoI, passed away in December 2015". Kilkenny: Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2016.


  • No Lovelier City, a Portrait of Cork by Anthony Barry, Mercier Press 2004 ISBN 1-85635-458-X.
  • RTÉ Radio interview with Deirdre Clune, 21 June 2006.
Civic offices
Preceded by
Stephen D. Barrett
Lord Mayor of Cork
Succeeded by
Seán Casey
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