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Bairbre Dowling (born 27 March 1953; age 62) is the Irish actress who played Edith Mulchaey in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Spirit Folk". She was married to Next Generation and Deep Space Nine actor Colm Meaney from 1977 until their divorce in 1994. While married, the couple appeared together in the 1983 television movie Playboy of the Western World as well as John Huston's 1987 film The Dead and the 1994 drama War of the Buttons.
Dowling made her film debut in John Boorman's 1974 science fiction opus Zardoz. In the 1990s, she made appearances on Murder, She Wrote (in an episode with Mark Rolston and Carolyn Seymour) and ER and had a small role in the 1997 film Changing Habits, starring Teri Garr, Bob Gunton, Anne Haney, and Christopher Lloyd. She was most recently seen on Crossing Jordan with Miguel Ferrer.