The recipient of this year’s John de Courcy Heritage Award is Michael Benedict Barry


Michael studied civil engineering at Trinity College Dublin, graduating in 1971. A Chartered Engineer, he is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.


His career has led him to work in Africa and the Middle East, as well as Ireland. With CIE, he managed several projects during the construction of the DART system, including acting as project manager for the Slab Track project between Dun Laoghaire and Sandycove. He later joined CIE Consult as a transportation consultant, working on developing new railways, in particular for the World Bank, including the Gulf Cooperation Council Railway, which is planned to link six Gulf states.


Over the years, he has developed a strong interest in history and heritage and is an accomplished photographer, contributing to many journals, and appearing on radio and television.


His many engineering heritage publications include: Across Deep Waters: Bridges of Ireland; Bridges of Dublin; Tales of the Permanent Way; Through the Cities: The Revolution in Light Rail; and Homage to Al-Andulus, the last named reflecting his interest in Spanish heritage.


Michael’s passionate interest in the events leading up to the foundation of the State, resulted in the publication of Courage Boys, we are Winning: An Illustrated History of the 1916 Rising. His latest book, an illustrated history of the Irish War of Independence is due to be published in November.