The famous Barbarian FC is steeped in history stretching back to its 1890 inception. The first tour matches in December 1890 took place against Hartlepool Rovers and Bradford when, despite the formidable strength of Northern rugby in those days, Hartlepool were defeated, and Bradford drawn. (CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT THE BARBARIANS HISTORY IN MORE DETAIL)
St. Mary’s College RFC history with the Barbarians began in 1971 with Sean Lynch becoming the first club member selected to play for them. Over the years, 15 members have represented the Club, Ireland and their province with the Barbarians in 15 games, including one captain.
(BIO’S FROM THE BARBARIANS WEBSITE):
1971 S. Lynch (1) – v East Midlands 04/03/1974
John Francis Lynch, known as Sean, was born in Dublin on 22 September 1942 and educated at Presentation College. He was a licensee and played at prop for St Mary’s College. He captained Leinster against New Zealand in 1972 and also played for the province against the next All Blacks’ touring team to Ireland in 1974. Between 1971 and 1974 he played in 17 internationals for Ireland. In 1971 he toured Australia and New Zealand with the British Isles and played in 15 matches, including four tests.
1972 J. Moloney (3) – v Swansea 03/04/1972; v Coventry 17/10/1973; v East Midlands 07/03/1974 – 4 points
John Joseph Moloney was born in Limerick on 27 August 1949 and educated at St Mary’s College. He worked as a company director and played at scrum-half for St Mary’s. He represented Leinster against New Zealand in 1972 and 1974 and captained the province against Argentina in 1978. He also captained Ireland in four of his 27 internationals between 1972 and 1978. He achieved a notable hat-trick of appearances in Four Countries’ Matches, playing for Scotland & Ireland against England & Wales in 1970 (at Twickenham), 1972 (Murrayfield) and 1975 (Lansdowne Road). Johnny Moloney toured South Africa with the British Isles in 1974 and scored three tries in eight matches.
1972 D.J. Hickie (1) – v Swansea 03/04/1972
1972 T. Grace (1) – v Leicester Tigers 27/12/1972
Thomas Oliver Grace was born in Dublin on 24 October 1948 and educated at Newbridge College and University College, Dublin before qualifying as an accountant. He played on the wing for St Mary’s College and represented Leinster against New Zealand in 1972 and 1974. He scored six tries in 25 internationals for Ireland, eight of them as captain, between 1972 and 1978. He also played for Scotland & Ireland against England & Wales in celebration matches at Murrayfield in 1972 and Lansdowne Road in 1975. On the 1974 British Isles’ tour of South Africa his 13 tries in 11 matches included four against Griqualand West and a hat-trick against the Leopards. Tom Grace later became treasurer of the Irish Rugby Football Union.
1978 A. Ward (1) – v Swansea 27/03/1978 (5 points)
Anthony Joseph Patrick Ward was born in Dublin on 8 October 1954 and educated at St Mary’s College. He was a PE teacher and company director and played at fly-half for Garryowen and Greystones. In 1978 he kicked two drop goals in Munster’s famous 12-nil victory over the All Blacks. Three years later he again dropped a goal in the province’s victory over the Wallabies. In 19 internationals for Ireland between 1978 and 1987 he scored 113 points. In 1980 Tony Ward toured South Africa with the British Isles and scored 48 points in five appearances, including the first test. Later that year he represented Scotland & Ireland against England & Wales in the WRU’s centenary season.
1979 S. M. Deering (1) – v Pen 13/04/1979 (4 points)
1982 C. Fitzgerald (2) – v Leicester Tigers 29/12/1982; v Cardiff 29/03/1986
Ciaran Fintan Fitzgerald was born in Galway on 4 June 1952 and educated at St Joseph’s College, Ballinasloe, Garbally College and University College Galway. He played at hooker for St Mary’s College and Connacht. Between 1979 and 1986 he captained Ireland in 19 of his 25 internationals. In 1983 he led the British Isles in New Zealand and played in 11 matches,including four tests. Ciaran Fitzgerald was an army captain. He also captained the Barbarians against Cardiff in 1986.
1983 P. M. Dean (1) – v Cornwall 21/09/1983
Paul Michael Dean was born in Dublin on 28 June 1960 and educated at St Mary’s College. He worked as a sales representative and played club rugby at fly-half for St Mary’s and at provincial level he captained Leinster. Between 1981 and 1989 he scored four tries in 32 internationals for Ireland. On the 1989 British Isles’ tour to Australia injury restricted him to one appearance.
1990 V. Cunningham (1) – v Newport 30/10/1990
Vincent John Gerald Cunningham was born in Dublin on 14 March 1967 and educated at St Mary’s College. He was a bank official and played at centre and wing for St Mary’s. At provincial level he represented Leinster, including the matches against New Zealand in 1989, as a replacement, and Australia in 1992. Between 1988 and 1994 he scored three tries and a conversion in 16 internationals for Ireland. In 1993 he toured New Zealand with the British Isles and played in three matches and scored two tries against Taranaki.
1998 E. Byrne (1) – v Combined Services 10/11/1998
2000 M. O’Kelly (4) – v South Africa 10/12/2000; v Scotland 22/05/2004; v England 30/05/2004; v Ireland 04/06/2010 (5points)
Malcolm Eamonn O’Kelly was born in Chelmsford on 19 July 1974 and educated at Templeogue College and Trinity College in Dublin. He played at lock for St Mary’s College and Leinster and also for London Irish. Between 1997 and 2008 Mal O’Kelly played in 92 internationals for Ireland and scored eight tries. In 2001 he toured Australia with the British Isles and played in four matches. Following his retirement from international rugby he played for the Barbarians against Ireland in 2010.
2011 C. Ruddock (1) – v South of Scotland 11/10/2011
2015 S. Jennings (1) – v Ireland 28/06/2015 (Captain)
Flanker. Born 1981 in Dublin. 13 caps for Ireland. Captained side in win over Ireland, May 2015.
2019 P. Fitzpatrick (1) – v USA Women’s Eagles 26/04/2019
Versatile back row player with the all-round skills to excel in attack and defence who won 40 caps for Ireland. Showed all those qualities on her debut against the USA in 2019.