Barry is a very common Cork name nowadays. The first Barrys were Anglo-Norman de Barry, who established here on MacCarthy lands about the 13th Century. 'Boutez-an-avant' was their war cry, and some say that the name of the town came from that. More sober historians primly explain that it comes from botavant, Norman-French for an advance rampart. The first ever steeplechase took place here in the year 1752, from the Steeple of Buttevant Protestant Church to that of Doneraile, 7km away. The town wasalways involved with horses. Cahirmee Horse Fair has been a lively annual event every summer for centuries and it is claimed that Napoleon's horse, Marengo, was bought at this fair from a Kerryman named O'Connor.


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