Comdt Barry Studdert RIP


ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Commandant Barry Studdert, of College Park, Newbridge and formerly of Clareville, Wilton Road, Cork City on 9th July 2024. Predeceased by his parents Bridie and Martin, sister Ann (Gowing), and brother Michael. Sadly, missed by his loving wife Frances, children Niamh, Brian, Órla, Úna, Emer, Aisling and Barry Junior, sons-in-law Mark, Mehdi, David and Jhoe, daughter-in-law Paula, brother Dick, sister Joan, grandchildren Maria, Cassie, Ben, Rosie, Conor, Lucy, Ruby, Tommy, Léa and Amelie, great-grandchildren Lily, Alfie and Bobby, sisters-in-law Mary and Carmel, nephews, nieces, extended family, relatives, Defence Forces comrades and friends.

May Barry Rest In Peace

Finbarr (Barry) Studdert, a proud son of Cork City, grew up in the Wilton suburb of that city and was educated at the Christian Brothers’ Schools, Sullivan’s Quay. A noted sportsman he played hurling with Saint Finbarr’s Hurling and Football Club (The Barrs) and was a very useful player with the Curragh Rugby Club. He enlisted in the Defence Forces on 23rd January 1958 as a member of 32 Cadet Class. Commissioned on 18th January 1960 as an Infantry Corps officer, Barry was posted to 6 Infantry Battalion, in Athlone. This was the beginning of an association with the unit that he maintained long into retirement. Barry also served as an Instructor in the Military College in both the Cadet School and the Infantry School and with 3 Infantry Battalion.

His first overseas tour of duty was with the last Defence Forces unit to serve in the Congo as Lieutenant, Platoon Commander, Infantry Company, 2 Infantry Group from November 1963 to May 1964. Barry was an Observer with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation during the October 1973 War. As an UNMO he was attached to the fledgling United Nations Emergency Force while it deployed in the aftermath of that war and played a vital role in its setting up. He later served with UNIFIL as Deputy Commanding Officer, 57 Infantry Battalion in Lebanon from April to November 1985.

Barry retired from the Defence Forces to take up the appointment of Dublin Area Civil Defence Officer.

Reposing at his residence from 4pm on Thursday with prayers at 7pm. Removal on Friday morning at 10.30am to arrive at Saint Brigid’s Church, The Curragh for 11am Mass, which will be livestreamed on The Saint Brigid’s Church Facebook Page ( Funeral afterwards to Mount Jerome Crematorium for family and close friends. Family flowers only please.

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