Bishop John Buckley, Bishop of Cork & Ross, said that he was saddened to hear today of the death of Mr Peter Barry.
Peter Barry, Bishop Buckley said, “was a man of great integrity and faith who, following in his family tradition, was deeply committed to public service. Peter Barry was a hugely respected figure in Cork, throughout Ireland and further afield. This respect was a deserved tribute to Peter’s dedication to public service as a former Lord Mayor, Dáil deputy, as Minister for Foreign Affairs and for his invaluable work in the Peace Process including the Anglo Irish Agreement.
“Faith was an integral part of Peter’s life, the practice of which was very important to him, to his late wife Margaret and to their family. That faith motivated his spirit and success in public, private and commercial life. Cork people of all political hues greatly admired Peter Barry for his many gifts. He was a generous supporter to local sports, voluntary and charitable organisations. While Peter’s passing will be felt most acutely by his own family, he will also be mourned by the people of Cork who regarded him as one of their own in every sense.”
Bishop Buckley said that the prayer from the Order of Christian Funerals, “Blessed are those who die in the Lord, let them rest from their labours for their good deeds go with them” is most relevant to Peter Barry, and he prayed that the Lord would welcome Peter into eternal life.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilís.