Eoin Barry


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I grew up on a dairy farm in Wolfhill with my parents Michael and Catherine Barry and my two older sisters and three older brothers.  I am married to Karen Kavanagh who is a teacher in a local national school.

I attended Newtown National School followed by the Presentation College Askea. After school I completed a degree in Applied Social Care in Athlone Institute of Technology and started my career working in services for people with Intellectual Disabilities.

For a number of years I worked as a Youth Worker in Gragiuecullen. I was involved in several projects with local community groups and helped with afterschool clubs and summers camps. Along with a couple of my colleagues we founded a Youth Music project in Carlow town, this gave young people a creative outlet and a safe recreational space. During this time I completed a Masters degree in Social Policy and Criminology with the Open University, later graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a Masters degree in Social Work.

I worked for a year with Focus Ireland and saw first hand the impact of the housing crisis. I now work in the area of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Working with families on a daily basis has shown me the challenges many people face to make ends meet.

I became a Local Area representative to promote our local community and to advocate for local services. My priorities in Laois include:

1) Tackling issues of crime and anti-social behavior

2) Advocating for fully resourced community mental health services

3) Supporting services and amenities for young people 

4) Help people to have a decent home.

5) Creating a community that is accessible to all, including people with disabilities and families with young children.  

As a community we face many challenges and I hope we can work together to improve our area.

If there are any issues that you wish to discuss, do not hesitate to contact me.  

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Eoin Barry

Home Address
Slatt Upper
Athy, Co Laois
087 3551457