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Barry McDonnell

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameBrendan "Barry"•McDonnell
Used nameBarry•McDonnell
Born1924 in Virginia (IRL)
Died14 February 1976 in Dublin (IRL)
AffiliationsUCD, Dublin (IRL)
NOC Ireland


Barry McDonnell was a native of Virginia, County Cavan and attended Clongowes Wood College and University College Dublin where he earned a B.E. degree. During his time at UCD he was a president of the Old Collegians Boat Club, representing Ireland at the 1947 and 1948 Irish Senior Eights Championships. He was also selected as a member of the Irish eights that competed at the 1948 Olympics. He later served in a coaching role for UCD Boat Club in the 1950s.

The son of Ernest and Helen McDonnell, proprietors of Park Hotel in Virginia, he later took over the family business in 1953 alongside his wife Helen. Described as one of the most prominent hoteliers in Ireland, McDonnell also served as the president of the Irish Hotels’ Federation and was a founding member and director of Irish Welcome Hotels. He also was a managing director at a baking materials company, Irish Bakels Limited.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Rowing IRL Barry McDonnell
Eights, Men (Olympic) Ireland 2 h3 r2/4