Barry McGowan

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Barry McGowan
Personal information
Sport Gaelic football
Position Corner back
Occupation ESB worker
Years Club
? - ?
Na Cealla Beaga
Years County
? - ?
Inter-county titles
All-Irelands 1

Barry McGowan is an Irish former Gaelic footballer from Killybegs. A former member of the Donegal senior football team, he played his club football for Na Cealla Beaga. He also works for the ESB.[1]


McGowan won the 1987 All-Ireland Under 21 Football Championship with Donegal.[1]

He was a member of Donegal's 1992 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship winning team. Deployed as a defender, he started at right corner back in the 1992 All Ireland Final as Donegal won by 0-18 to 0-14 against Dublin.

His last Championship game for Donegal was the 1998 Ulster Senior Football Championship final loss to Derry.[1]

Former Derry player Joe Brolly holds McGowan in high regard.[2]


At club level McGowan played for Na Cealla Beaga. He also played association football for St Catherine's.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "The heroes of '92 - Where are they now?". Donegal Democrat. Johnston Press. 8 January 2009. Archived from the original on 18 December 2015. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  2. ^ Duggan, Keith (14 February 2013). "'It is funny the stir it can cause when you say what you think'". The Irish Times. Irish Times Trust. Retrieved 14 February 2013. When he recalls the bitter rivalry between his Derry team and the neighbouring Donegal side, his thoughts turn not to the big names but to a former Donegal corner back who was as understated as he was classy. “Barry McGowan,” he says out of the blue, “Now he was an example of a really great footballer who was totally unheralded. For me, he was as good as Tony Scullion. He was in that mould.” This conversation took place early yesterday morning: Brolly was at once talking on the phone, trying to park his car in a lock-up in Belfast and rushing for court but he was completely enthused by his memories of the Killybegs man. “Och, he knows what I think of him – I've said it before.”
  3. ^ Foley, Alan (25 June 2015). "Hugh McFadden takes scenic route to Donegal set-up". Irish Examiner. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016.

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