Dave Barry

Dave Barry won two Munster Senior Cup medals and a Munster Junior Cup medal over a 5 year  period 1926-1931,  yet he is better known for his administrative duties off the field.

Dave, a hooker, won a Munster Senior Cup medal in 1926 with Bohemians, defeating Dolphin 5-0 in the final at the Mardyke. The following year he moved to Waterford and won a Munster Junior Cup medal with Waterford City.

Then came the long and happy association of Dave and his family with Dolphin. In 1931 he won his 2nd Senior Cup medal in 1931 with Dolphin. He was working in Lipton’s Stores in Patrick St at the time and was under pressure workwise. He left work on his bike at 3.35pm, made the Mardyke in time for a 4pm kick off and straight back to work afterward he picked up his medal.

He was an Irish Selector 1957-58, 1958 -59, 1959-60 and became the first Munster man to become a  B&I Lions Selector in 1959. The Lions Tour was to Australia & New Zealand, the Tony O’Reilly tour, scoring 22 tries in 24 games. But the selectors didn’t get to travel.

He served two stints as Dolphin President, 1962-63 & 1969-70.

One of Dave’s claims to fame was he would watch on average 200 games a season, hardly any game involving a Dolphin side would take place without him being there.

In 1983, to celebrate his 80th birthday the club not only made a special presentation to him but also a “This is your life “ tribute.

Dave passed away in September 1985, his family put up a trophy to be played between Dolphin & Bohemians which has first played for in December 1985, Dolphin winning in the inaugural season by 32-12.


Junior (Dave) Barry

With this name you would have thought that he was a son of the great Dave Barry, but he was not. He was from Tramore Co Waterford where his parents owned the Atlantic Dance Hall, which was built in the 1920’s by his grandmother Emily Piper.

He played with many clubs during his career, playing with Cork Constitution before joining Dolphin.

He was on the famous 1955/56 side that won the treble – Munster Senior Cup, Munster Senior League and Cork Charity Cup, winning Charity Cup medals in 1956-57 & 1957-58 as well.

He was Dolphin’s 50th Munster interprovincial, during the 1956-57 season played v Leinster + Ulster. He togged out for the Rest of Ireland v Combined Universities at Musgrave Park that season in a 11-9 victory. He was an unused substitute that season for Ireland and also played for the Wolfhounds.

In September 1958 he transferred Galwegians but returned during the season to Tramore and took up with Dolphin once again. In January 1960 he moved to Dublin and played with Clontarf.

In October 1960 he moved the Loire region of France. He signed for Roanne Rugby League side. They were one of the 10 clubs that switched from Rugby Union to Rugby League in 1934.

He received a £1,000 signing on fee with a salary of £10 per week and a win bonus of up to £50 per game. In addition to this he had a job in a factory owned by the millionaire owner of the club which paid £800 per annum.

The club were runners up in the National Division 1 in 1961.


Jack Clarke – International debut 30 years ago, and still playing

Jack Clarke  made his International debut on 16-02-1991 v Wales, making it more memorable by scoring a try. Jack who also represented Ireland at the Javelin, played with the Irish Schools side when in Rockwell College before he joined Dolphin. While he was an U20 with an eye on Senior, he was still underage for U18 which was very unique that a former schools international could and did line out for Dolphin in the U18 Cup.

He captained Munster U/20’s and toured with Ireland to Italy 1989 (U21′s),Namibia in 1991 and New Zealand 1992. Jack was capped at every level available to him at the time, Schools, U/21, U/23, B, and Senior.

1991 was a Rugby World Cup year, a good year to peak, Jack starting on the wing in the Q/F against Australia.

In the closing minutes Ireland were behind, the ball was spread across the backline, full back Jim Staples hit the line and managed to kick ahead as he was tackled. Clarke & Campese followed the ball. David Campese was just the 2nd player internationally to reach 100 caps and a world record 64  test tries and Player of the 1991 RWC Tournament.

The Australian appeared to lean across and lost his footing, Jack had a perfect pick up but the cover caught him by the legs, he stayed  upright and spotted Gordon Hamilton storming towards him. He held and past it to Hamilton, who ran half the pitch to score a try. Heartbreak was to follow almost immediately, another try for Australia and Ireland were out after a narrow 19-18 defeat.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqXXsOu5dfk  the Hamilton Try.

Jack was selected for the following summers tour of New Zealand where he  earned his sixth and final cap. His last representative outing of note came the following autumn, in Munster’s phenomenal Musgrave Park victory over the Wallabies.

Jack moved on from Cork, finally settling in Oughterard where he has two rugby playing children, Ben & Hannah.Jack continues to love the game and had been coaching Oughterard RFC who play J2 for many years and has continued to play. He was playing competitively until the lockdown, lining out beside Ben (pictured above) Not bad for a guy of 52. Yes fifty-two.

He continues to watch Dolphin results with great interest and has attended Munster games in Musgrave Park, joining some of his old friends for a pint. (2021)

Capt Mick Dowling

Dolphin’s best known referee took charge of 18 Internationals between 1947 & 1956. Only four referees had taken charge of more internationals by the 1980’s. He was Ireland’s first International referee after the 2nd World War, a regular at Murrayfield, taking charge of eight internationals there.

He won a Munster Junior Cup medal with Highfield before he moved to Dolphin to play Senior. Seventy years ago, between January & April 1951 he took charge of four 5 Nations internationals. In 1952 the visiting Springboks said he was the best referee they played under in their tour. He had been on duty for South Africa’s fixtures v Scotland, France, Ulster and the Barbarians.

He also was the referee for quite a number of the Services Fixtures, British Army v Navy and Air Force and took charge of five Munster Senior Cup finals between 1942 & 1954. Now you are used to seeing International referees also doing just Pro 14, Top 14 or English Premiership games, back then Capt Dowling followed up an International with doing a Minor Cup semi final the following week