Barry Bresnihan
Birth nameFinbarr Patrick Kieran Bresnihan
Date of birth(1944-03-13)13 March 1944
Place of birthWaterford, Ireland
Date of death18 July 2010(2010-07-18) (aged 66)
SchoolGonzaga College, Dublin
UniversityUniversity College Dublin
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
University College Dublin RFC
London Irish
Dallas Harlequins
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Munster ()
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
British and Irish Lions

Finbarr Patrick Kieran Bresnihan (13 March 1944[1] – 18 July 2010[2]) was an Irish rheumatologist and international rugby union player.

Bresnihan was born in Waterford in 1944 and educated at Gonzaga College, Dublin before qualifying as a doctor at University College Dublin (UCD). He was married with a son and three daughters and died in 2010.[2]

Medical career

After qualifying as a doctor, Bresnihan specialised in rheumatology at Guy's Hospital in London before working with Morris Ziff at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School before returning to Ireland to set up a laboratory at the UCD Medical School and St. Vincent's University Hospital. During his career he wrote a number of papers, two books and contributions to works on rheumatology. In 1991 UCD created a chair of Rheumatology for Bresnihan and in 2009 he was honoured as a "Master" by the American College of Rheumatology.[2]

Rugby career

Bresnihan was capped twenty-five times as a centre for Ireland between 1966 and 1971. He scored six tries for Ireland.[3]

Bresnihan made two British and Irish Lions tours. He was called up as a replacement for the 1966 British Lions tour to Australia and New Zealand but did not play in any of the tests. He was also selected for the 1968 British Lions tour to South Africa and played in three of the tests against South Africa.[citation needed]

He played club rugby for University College Dublin, Lansdowne, London Irish,[2] and Dallas Harlequins, and represented the Munster provincial team and the Barbarians invitiational team.[2]


  1. ^ Griffiths, John (1987). The Phoenix Book of International Rugby Records. London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd. pp. 12:21. ISBN 0-460-07003-7.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Barry Bresnihan Obituary". 26 June 2010.
  3. ^ Griffiths, page 3:38-3:40