Birr (Irish: Biorra) is one of Ireland's finest Georgian towns. Originally called Parsonstown after the Parsons
family, who were wealthy landowners in the area and are the descendants of the Earls of Rosse lineage who
reside and own Birr Castle Demesne. Known as the crossroads of the midlands, where the Camcor River and
Little Brosna river meet to form the River Brosna, Birr is a delightfully historic picturesque town with
spacious Georgian streets and tree lined malls. Delightful river walks and heritage trails allow the visitor to
explore an atmosphere of leisurely elegance in an unhurried fashion.

Birr is known for its annual heritage celebratory festival ‘Vintage Week’ which takes place in August each year.
Over the past forty-one years this Festival has evolved into a cultural and community focused celebration of
Birr with its fine Georgian architecture, vibrant arts environment and strong community spirit and it is the
best opportunity to celebrate Birr’s heritage and attractions. With the ole time fair of the Green and the
parade of Vintage cars, engines, floats, tractors, marching bands and much more Vintage week never fails to
be a successful enjoyable week of fun, history and celebrations. For more information and a map of the town
itself please visit: www.irishtourist.com/offaly/towns/birr

 

Attractions of Birr