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Bowling legend Mick Barry passes away

Saturday, 6th December, 2014 9:21pm
Bowling legend Mick Barry passes away

The legendary Mick Barry in action in 1984.

Mick Barry (95), road bowling’s most iconic figure, has passed away.

He was, undisputedly, the game’s greatest ever exponent, its most recognised face and the man against whom all aspiring talents will forever be compared.

He won the Cork county senior championship on eleven occasions and the All-Ireland senior title eight times. On the European stage he was a colossus as the German and Dutch athletes bowed to his superior skill on field and on road. He matched them too in their native discipline the German Loft for the lofting technique was his speciality.

Mick Barry strode the bowling stage for close on seven decades drawing crowds in their thousands. He had a magnetism that only the greatest sportsmen have.