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

Bairbre Dowling
Born(1953-03-27)27 March 1953
Died20 January 2016(2016-01-20) (aged 62)
Notable work
Playboy of the Western World, The Dead, War of the Buttons
Colm Meaney
(m. 1982; div. 1994)
Parent(s)Vincent Dowling
Brenda Doyle

She was born in Dublin as Barbara Patricia Dowling, the daughter of actor Vincent Dowling and actress Brenda Doyle, (who died in a motorcycle collision on 11 November 1981). She had three sisters, Louise, Valerie and Rachael, and a half-brother, Cian.[1] Between 1982 and 1994 she was married to actor Colm Meaney,[2][3] with whom she had a daughter, Brenda, in 1984.[4]

Dowling acted 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 company at the Abbey Theatre, where she appeared in The Becauseway[8] (1970) and Rites[9] (1973).

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

Bairbre was a member of The California Artists Radio Theatre ensemble and performed in over 30 of their live radio plays.




  • The Becauseway (1970) – Girl
  • Rites (1973) – Girl
  • Temporal Powers (2011)



  1. ^ "Profile: Dowling, Vincent (1929–2013)". Contemporary Authors  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 2006-01-01. Archived from the original on 2014-06-10.
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  3. ^ "'I had no time for them crying into their pints'". The Irish Times  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 2007-09-22. Archived from the original on 2013-11-11.
  4. ^ "Stroke-ism and greed: why Colm Meaney is convinced we've sold our souls". The Mail on Sunday. 2012-08-26 – via Questia Online Library.
  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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