Barry Devlin

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Barry Devlin performing with Horslips at London Feis 2011

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 began to train as a Columban priest,[1] leaving to study English at University College Dublin, then joining 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.

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).[3] He wrote the screenplays for the five episodes of the television series My Mother and Other Strangers, which aired in 2016.[4]


His sister, Marie Devlin, is a school teacher and writer, publishing 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 has been awarded the OBE for services to literature. Her first book All Of Us There is now a Virago Modern Classic. She has also made a documentary film The Daisy Chain and is a professor at Columbia University, New York.[citation needed]


  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ A Man of No Importance at AllMovie
  4. ^ 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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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