He is a noted former open side wing forward synonymous with the Old Belvedere RFC club, for whom he played between 1963 and 1976. He was Club Captain in seasons 1971 - 72 and 1972 - 73 and a key member of their Leinster Senior Cup winning team in 1968, the last time Old Belvedere won trophy.
He also played for Dublin in Inter-Cities championship and gained further representative honours with the Irish Wolfhounds.
A member of the IRFU Committee since 1995 - 96, he has served on a variety of Committees and until assuming the office as IRFU President he was Chairman of the Marketing and Commercial Committee.
A member and former Captain of Skerries Golf Club, Barry's wife Margaret is on the Executive Committee of the Irish Ladies Golf Union.