Barry Owens

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Barry Owens, in Irish, Barra Ó hEoghain, is an Irish Gaelic footballer with the Teemore Shamrocks club and the Fermanagh county team.

Playing career[edit]

Owens (right) and Derry's Kevin McCloy battling for the ball during the 2008 Ulster Championship semi-final

Owens has been described as "among the best full-backs in Ireland".[1] He was an important part of Fermanagh's runs to the 2003 All-Ireland quarter-final and 2004 All-Ireland semi-final.[1] He is a double All-Star winner, having been honoured in 2004[2] and 2006.[3] Only two other Fermanagh footballers have received an All-Star award.[4]

In January 2008, it was announced that Owens would undergo heart surgery, but he was expected to return to football within a few months.[5]

On 21 June 2008, Fermanagh played Derry at Healy Park in the Ulster Senior Football Championship semi-final; it was then that Barry Owens made his comeback. Within minutes of coming onto the pitch as a substitute, he scored a vital goal to give Fermanagh a place in the Ulster final.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b Mark Gallagher (19 July 2004). "Fermanagh tear ragged, rudderless Cork to shreds". Irish Examiner. Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  2. ^ "Tinney adds to Fermanagh success". BBC Sport Northern Ireland. 26 November 2004. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  3. ^ "Champions Kerry top All Star list". RTÉ Sport. 22 November 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  4. ^ "Fermanagh duo delighted by awards". BBC Sport Northern Ireland. 26 November 2004. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  5. ^ Oli Skehan (16 January 2008). "GAA:Owens to undergo surgery". Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  6. ^ "Fermanagh 1-11 Derry 1-09". RTÉ Sport. 22 June 2008. Archived from the original on 2009-09-01. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  7. ^ "Owens goal puts Fermanagh into Ulster SFC Final". Irish Independent. 22 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-24.