Barry Burke was born in 1946 and was educated at Kilrane N.S.and Kilrane V.S.. His Babyhood hero was – Nickey Rackard R.I.P..
When playing with his club, – St. Mary’s, Rosslare – he was blessed with an innate capacity to produce consistent performances over many years. He had established himself at a young age, as a rising star for the club. He continued to sparkle and shine for more than a decade for his club – St. Mary’s, Rosslare.
His energy, enthusiasm, and determination went down well with his followers. Most teams have a rock barrier at the heart of their defence and St. Mary’s, Rosslare had such a player in Barry Burke. He had the ideal temperament, laced with great football skills. He gave his team a sense of assurance, he was supreme in the air and powerful on the ground. He was a hard-working individual and was one of the best man markers of the modern era.
One of the best goalie’s he has seen in hurling was – Brendan Cummins (Tipperary).
In football, he selects – John O’Leary (Dublin) – as the best goalie he has seen.
He first played Junior football with – St. Mary’s, Rosslare – in 1964 and last played with them in 1975.
One of the greatest games of football he has seen was the 1964 All Ireland Football final between – Galway vs Kerry.
In hurling, the greatest game he has seen was between – Wexford vs Tipperary – in the 1968 All Ireland Hurling final. In this encounter – Mick Roche (Tipperary) R.I.P. – in the first half gave one of the finest exhibitions of deliveries in hurling that Barry has ever seen.
The St. Mary’s, Rosslare footballers that impressed him the most were – John Bradley, Matt Wickham, Brian Furlong, and Liam Griffin.
One of Barry’s finest games playing for the club was in the 1975 Wexford District Junior Football final vs Glynn-Barntown. Playing at full-forward, he had a regal game. He worked like a beaver and caused many headaches for the opposition defenders. From the start he had a job to do and right well did he achieve his objective.
When playing the game, the players he found the most difficult to play on were – Terence O’Leary (Our Lady’s Island), Jim “Sacker” Furlong (Volunteers) R.I.P., Ger Howlin (Dan O’Connell’s) and Jack Berry (St. Anne’s) R.I.P..
The two best dual players he has seen outside of Wexford were – Jimmy Barry Murphy (Cork) and Ray Cummins (Cork).
In Wexford, he selects – Phil Wilson (Ballyhogue) and Jack Berry (St.Anne’s) R.I.P. – as brilliant in both codes.
One of the best club teams he has seen in football in Wexford were the – Kilanerin team – in the 90’s and in hurling, he selects the – Rathnure team – in the early 70’s winning 4 Co. titles in a row.
The greatest footballers he has ever seen were – Mick O’Connell (Kerry), Jimmy Keaveney (Kerry), Mick Lyons (Meath) and Bernard Brogan (Dublin).
In Wexford, he selects – Sean Turner, Mattie Forde (Kilanerin), Willie Goodison (Volunteers) R.I.P. and Pete Crowley (Sarsfields) R.I.P. – as the best he has seen.
The greatest footballer of them all that Barry has ever seen was – Mick O’Connell (Kerry).
One of the most disappointing games he played in was the Wexford District Junior football final in 1974.
He was also a Committee member with St. Mary’s, Rosslare for a number of years.
Barry also played Juvenile, Minor, and U’21 in both codes.
His father – Mick Burke R.I.P. – won 1 Co. Junior Hurling medal with – St. Mary’s, Rosslare – in 1934. His son – Michael Burke – won numerous awards at U’Age level.
Barry’s collection of medals include the following – 2 U’21 Football Utd. medals with St. Martin’s in 1965 and 1966 and 1 Co. Junior Football medal with St. Mary’s, Rosslare in 1975, playing at No. 14.
The greatest football team he has seen was the – Kerry team – from 1975 to 1986.