Barry (Barrius, Barrindus, Barrocus, Barr, Pinbar), St

Barry (Barrius, Barrindus, Barrocus, Barr, Pinbar), St., commemorated Sept. 25, has both an Irish and Scotch history. According to the Irish history, he was a native of Cork or its neighborhood, and the founder, bishop, and patron of the first Church there, spending his life in that district as a confessor. He was educated at first in Leinster under Mac- corb; and at Corcach-Mdr, the "marshy place" where Cork now stands, he founded his Church and established a school. He had previously had a school at Loch Ire. All accounts agree that he visited Rome, and on his way paid a visit to St. David at Menevia. After an episcopate of seventeen years, he died at Cloyne, Sept. 25, 633 (or 630), and was buried at Cork. He is patron of Kilberry Parish, in Waterford; perhaps also of Kilberry Parish, Diocese of Dublin, County of Kildare. See Caulfield, Life of St. Fin Barre (Lond. 1864); and for a long list of authorities, Smith, Dict. of Christ. Biog. s.v.

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