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Charles David Barry
  • Born circa 1858
  • Died 7 February 1928 at Hotel Ruhl et des Anglais Nice.
  • Educated Basset's, Dublin University
  • Occupation Barrister
  • Debut 27 August 1883 v I Zingari at Phoenix Park
  • Cap Number 180
  • Style Right-hand bat, slow bowler
  • Teams Dublin University, Phoenix

Charles Barry was a good all round cricketer, who was four years in the University XI from 1879, following private education. His time in the XI included matches against the 1880 Australians and the All England XI. However his main claim to fame seems to have been to get himself expelled from the DUCC Committee for not attending meetings! Between March and November 1881, he was never once in attendance. His colleagues had previously ignored a rule which stipulated that expulsion would follow 5 absences.

Barry's entry in "Who Was Who", which would have been taken from information he supplied, states that he was "Captain of the University XI." This is not born out by the Club's records, though, perhaps, he led the side on occasions. He was also a fine all round sportsman, being the University rackets champion for three years and also All Ireland Tennis Champion. Additionally he won the annual point to point for Barristers v Solicitors, thus proving him a competent jockey. It should be mentioned that these details are also taken from "Who Was Who" and that it has not proved possible to verify them.

His one match for Ireland was in 1883 v I Zingari at Phoenix CC. Having left University, Barry was now playing on his home ground. IZ brought a strong side including AG Steel and CT Studd, possibly the two best all rounders in England a the time and Studd's brother George, also a Test player and a fine bat. The Studds might have gone far in the game had not missionary zeal seized them. A further Test player was the Hon Alfred Lyttleton, who, it may confidently be stated, will remain the only England wicket keeper to become a cabinet minister. IZ won by 8 wickets, but Charles was far from disgraced. He made 13 and 19, at 4, falling to CT Studd in each innings. He bowled economically and was rewarded with the wickets of Studd and RAH Mitchell, one of the best amateur batsmen of the era, who ran cricket at Eton for many years.

Barry never played for Ireland again: indeed his varied sporting interests seem to have taken him in other directions. He also became prominent in public life though never quite emulating his father who was successively Ireland's Solicitor - General, Attorney - General, and Lord Justice of Appeal. Charles, apart from a flourishing practice, served on a number of public bodies in his legal capacity.