Noel C Barry RIP


It is with sadness that Right of Place Second Chance learned of the passing of Noel C Barry on Saturday the 21st of October. 

History will be kind to Noel, for all that he achieved for Survivors as a collective and for the many individual survivors who still speak highly of him to this day.

He was the founding member and driver of Right of Place in its early years, the organisation that pre dated Right of Place Second Chance. Sure, towards the end the direction of Noel Barry and the organisation did not align and change was inevitable, but that shouldn’t detract from the many achievements in the organisations early years, which were led by Noel.

Noel, along with others, helped to drive the issue into the public domain until an apology from the state was achieved. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Residential Institutions Redress Board and was front and center in the initiation of the one of the biggest state inquiries in the history of Ireland that made global headlines for showing the true barbaric, ritual and systematic abuse perpetrated on thousands of children in Ireland (Ryan Report). He secured funding to try and provide a service in the interests of Survivors, he secured 10 apartments, which are still in operation to this day, to help Survivors who are homeless or looking to repatriate back to Ireland from the UK and further afield.

He fought a fight for survivors. His fight wasn’t with other Survivors or other organisations, but with the state and the religious, the perpetrators of that horrific abuse.

To his family our deepest condolences.

Funeral Arrangements

Reposing at O'Connor Bros. Funeral Home, North Gate Bridge on Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm followed by removal to The Cathedral.

Requiem Mass on Thursday at 11am followed by Private Cremation.

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