Finbarr Kirby was born and raised in Cork City, Ireland. He is the second oldest of six boys. Finbarr is married to Anne (nee McCarthy), where they have just celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary. They are the proud parents of four boys; Derek and his wife Mary, Alan and his wife Cindy, Barry and his fiancé Lisa, and Paul. They are also the loving grandparents of Megan, Michael, and Jenna.
Finbarr received his formal education at Turners Cross from the Presentation Brothers and continued his higher education at Cork Institute of Technology (CIT). Finbarr then undertook a 5 year apprenticeship for Steam-Fitting and Engineering. This led him to work for various companies throughout Ireland, England, Wales, The Bahamas, and the United States. For a couple of years, Finbarr also experienced life on the Atlantic Ocean while working on Off-Shore Rigs off the coast of Ireland.