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Birr, Co. Offaly

With its handsome ensemble of Georgian architecture, there’s a lot to like about Birr. The tree-lined malls and avenues of elegant houses dating from the 1800s tell a fascinating story. 


Heaving with history, Birr is one of Ireland’s premier heritage towns and proud of its unique character spanning many centuries.

Our town, nestled in the heart of Ireland,  is also home to the renowned Birr Theatre & Arts Centre – an essential regional stop-off for all major drama, dance, opera and comedy performances doing the national circuit.


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Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Oxmantown Mall

Nestled in the tree lined Oxmantown Mall, Birr Theatre & Arts Centre is a dedicated purpose built theatre which dates from 1888.  Having fallen into disrepair during the eighties and nineties, Birr Stage Guild set about restoring and refurbishing this Victorian theatre building to its original glory with seating capacity for 220 with both public funds and local fundraising. 


It is now a high quality facility, which provides a base for year round development of the Arts in Birr and environs, the rest of the County of Offaly and the wider region.

Our programme of events includes  theatre, music - classical, contemporary, folk, jazz etc, film, dance, comedy etc and we are delighted to be involved with a number festivals: Birr Festival of Music, Hullabaloo! Offaly’s Children’s Arts Festival, OFFline Film Festival,  Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival, and Scripts, Ireland’s Playwriting Festival.


Townsend Street

LOETB Birr offers full time and part time courses, from unaccredited to QQI Level to 6 at their Further Education and Training Centre on Townsend Street.

Our thanks to John McFadden and all the team there for their support of SCRIPTS again this year.

It will host a number of our Workshops from 11-14 July.

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Birr Castle

Historic Science Centre

Birr Castle Demesne is not just a historic landmark; it is a living testament to Ireland's cultural and scientific heritage. Whether exploring the castle's rich history, marvelling at the wonders of the universe, or simply basking in the serenity of the gardens, visitors are sure to be captivated by the allure of this remarkable Demesne.


The Historic Science Centre is very much worth a visit, the remarkable story of this unique site and family is revealed through the wonders of early photography, engineering and astronomy.

The Science Centre will also host a number of our Workshops from 11-14 July.​

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