"Father of the American
Born 1745 - Our
Lady's Island, Co. Wexford.
people are well acquainted with the gallantry and heroic exploits
America's Wexford born naval
commander, Commodore John Barry.
Obscured by his
contemporary, naval commander John Paul Jones, Barry remains to this day
hero of the young American
John Barry was born in a
modest thatched cottage in 1745 at Ballysampson,
Our Lady's Island, County
Wexford, an area with a
Yet Barry's father was a poor tenant farmer who was evicted by
his British landlord. The family was
then forced to relocate to the village of
At Rosslare, the youth's uncle, Nicholas Barry,
was captain of a fishing skiff, and the young man
determined at an early
age to follow his uncle to sea.
Barry started out as a ship's cabin boy, and graduated from seaman
to able seaman and ultimately
achieved Mate's rating. Barry grew to become a tall, muscular, and well