Fun is our Business: The Story of Barry's Amusements
by James Fairley
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ISBN Number: 1904242715
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 304
Publication Date: November 2006
Publisher: Colourpoint Books

The Barrys, a branch of the Chipperfield family, came to Ireland in 1914 with Heckenberg's Circus, but were soon running their own, as well as providing the logistics for others over from the mainland. They branched into rides, sited over much of the country, and later into freakshows, waxworks, Wall of Death and making ice cream. The family has been remarkably innovative - for instance buying the first Italian dodgems in the UK - and, unusually, has a majority of female management. Today, Barrys Amusements at Portrush is arguably the brightest amusement park in Ireland.

Professor Fairley's book is a comprehensive history of the firm, illustrated with photographs dating back to the early years of last century, showing the Trufelli family, the amusements and people enjoying themselves.

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