Sunday 18 February 2018

Former Riordans actress and ex-wife of Colm Meaney, Bairbre Dowling, has passed away at 62

Bairbre Dowling has passed away at the age of 62
Bairbre Dowling has passed away at the age of 62

Alan O'Keeffe

Colm Meaney's ex-wife, Irish actress Bairbre Dowling, has died in New York after a short illness.

Dubliner Bairbre (62) was the daughter of theatre director Vincent Dowling and actress Brenda Doyle, and she became well known for playing Josie Tracy in The Riordans on RTE.

She starred in a number of films and in the Emmy award- winning Playboy of the Western World.

Bairbre was married to actor Colm Meaney from 1982 to 1994 the couple had a daughter, Brenda.

She is also survived by sisters Valerie and Rachel, brothers Cian Dowling and Richard Boyd Barrett TD, and stepmother Olwen. Her funeral will be held tomorrow in New York.

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