Bairbre Dowling

Bairbre Dowling (27 March 1953 – 20 January 2016) was an Irish actress.

Born in Dublin as Barbara Patricia Dowling, the daughter of actor Vincent Dowling and actress Brenda Doyle, who died in a car crash in 1981. She has three sisters, Louise, Valerie, and Rachel, and a step-brother, Cian.[1] She was married from 1982 to 1994,[2] to actor Colm Meaney,[3] with whom she had a daughter, Brenda, in 1984.[4]

Dowling worked with her husband in the PBS television film, Playboy of the Western World in 1983,[5] in John Huston's 1987 film The Dead,[6] and in the 1994 drama, War of the Buttons.[7]

In 1970 she was part of the Abbey Theatre where she appeared in " The Becauseway[8]" 1970 and "Rites[9]" 1973.

In 2011 she appeared in a play "Temporal Powers[10]" by Irish Playwright Teresa Deevy, this was a Mint Theatre[11] production presented as part of the Teresa Deevy project.






  1. "Profile: Dowling, Vincent (1929–2013)". Contemporary Authors   via HighBeam Research (subscription required) . 2006-01-01.
  3. "'I had no time for them crying into their pints'". The Irish Times   via HighBeam Research (subscription required) . 2007-09-22.
  4. "Stroke-ism and greed: why Colm Meaney is convinced we've sold our souls". The Mail on Sunday   via HighBeam Research (subscription required) . 2012-08-26.
  5. Playboy of the Western World (TV 1983) Internet Movie Database. Retrieved: 2013-03-14.
  6. The Dead (1987) Internet Movie Database. Retrieved: 2013-03-14.
  7. War of the Buttons (1994) Internet Movie Database; retrieved 1 February 2016.
  8. "The Abbey Theatre Archive".
  9. "The Abbey Theatre Archive".
  10. "The Teresa Deevy Archive".
  11. "Mint Theatre Company".

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