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JOHN BARRY of MALLOW

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JOHN BARRY: FROM MALLOW to BELFAST to WIN 3 IRISH CAPS

Barry John (Cliftonville), 1888 v S, W; 1889 v E. (with Bohs) 1890 v S (4). 

Prior to the Split in 1921 there was only one Irish Football Association and it had its headquarters in Belfast.

One of the stars of Irish football in the very early pioneering years was John Barry, a centre-forward with Cliftonville. He starred on the team which defeated Distillery 3-1 in the 1888 Irish Cup final and two years later was on their side beaten 2-1 by the Gordon Highlanders.

John Barry lined out at centre forward on the Bohemians team defeated 2-1 by Cliftonville in the 1900 Cup final and while with Cliftonville he won three Irish International caps and added a fourth after moving south to play with Bohs.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that Barry (Berry in Rothmans Year book and IFA History) was originally from Mallow where his engraved Irish Cup medal was located some years ago.

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