Taoiseach leads cross-party sympathies at Barry removal

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was among the substantial crowd of mourners who last night attended the removal of Margaret Barry, wife of former tánaiste and minister for foreign affairs, Peter Barry.

Those wishing to pay their final respects to the mother-of-six began arriving at the Temple Hill funeral home on Boreenmanna Rd in Cork City almost two hours before the removal was due to take place.

Politicians of all creeds attended, including Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and his brother Seán Martin, Fianna Fáil councillor Terry Shannon, Labour TD Ciarán Lynch and former PD senator John Minihan. Members of the Fine Gael family included Senator Colm Burke and former TDs Bernard Allen and Jim Corr.

The Barry family’s strong business connections — as the founders of Barry’s Tea — meant there was also a huge turnout among members of the business community.

John Mullins, former chief executive of Bord Gáis, was among those who sympathised, as well as Tom Murphy, chief executive of the Irish Examiner and Thomas Crosbie Holdings.

There were many familiar faces, not least that of fishmonger Pat O’Connell, as famous for his face as for his fish since being captured on camera sharing a joke with the Queen. The Irish Examiner was represented by editor Tim Vaughan.

Mrs Barry, who lived on the Blackrock Rd, outside Cork City, will be laid to rest today at St Michael’s Cemetery in Blackrock following requiem Mass at 11am in the nearby St Michael’s Church, where Canon Tadhg Ó Mathúna will preside.

Mrs Barry, who was ill for some time, is survived by her two daughters, Fine Gael Senator Deirdre Clune, and Fiona (MacCarthy), as well as her four sons, Tony, Donagh, Conor and Peter.

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