Barry Devlin

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Berry Devlin
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BornNovember 27, 1946
OccupationMusician, director, screenwriter
Years active1970 - present

Barry Devlin (born 27 November 1946) is an Irish musician, screen writer and director.

Early life[edit]

Devlin is from Moortown in Ardboe,[1] County Tyrone. He initially began to train as a Columban priest,[1] but left to study English at University College Dublin and then joined a graphics company as a screenwriter.


He was in the pioneering Irish Celtic rock band Horslips as bass player, vocalist and front man.[2] After the breakup of Horslips, Devlin released the 1983 solo album Breaking Star Codes. Horslips reunited from 2004 - 2006,[3] and again from 2009 - 2019.

He has directed for the screen, producing a number of U2 videos in the 1980s.[1] He has also been a writer for radio and screen, originating the radio detective drama Baldi and writing episodes for the television series Ballykissangel and The Darling Buds of May and the screenplay for the film A Man of No Importance (1994).[4] He wrote the screenplays for the five episodes of the television series My Mother and Other Strangers, which aired in 2016.[5]


His sister, Marie Devlin, is a school teacher and writer, who published Over Nine Waves, a collection of traditional Irish myths and legends, in 1994. She was married to the Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, from 1965 until the poet's death in 2013. One of his six sisters is Polly Devlin, the writer and broadcaster, who was awarded the OBE for services to literature. Her first book, All Of Us There, is now a Virago Modern Classic. She made a documentary film The Daisy Chain and now is a professor at Columbia University, New York.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Savage, Joanne (1 May 2014). "'It was finding the feral in Irish trad and rocking out'". The News Letter. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  2. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Horslips: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Re-Group & Roll Back". Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  4. ^ A Man of No Importance at AllMovie
  5. ^ Lazarus, Susanna (19 February 2016). "Hattie Morahan and Mad Men's Aaron Staton cast in BBC1 drama My Mother and Other Strangers". RadioTimes. Archived from the original on 20 February 2016.
  6. ^ Molony, Julia (25 May 2019). "Polly Devlin: 'After learning I was abused I spent 14 years in therapy'". The Belfast Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 29 November 2021.

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