Birr, Co. Offaly

Introduction | Religion, History & Culture In Birr
Main Street, Birr
Places Of Worship
St. Brendan's (Church of Ireland) Church. Service takes place at 11.30 a.m. on Sunday.
St. Brendan's (Roman Catholic) Church. Vigil Mass Saturday evening 7.30 p.m. Sunday Mass 8.30 a.m., 10.00 a.m., 11.00 a.m., 12 noon.
The Methodist Church in Emmet Street was originally known as 'Wesley Chapel' as engraved in stone on fašade. The first Methodist Church in Birr was on Chapel Street. Service in the Methodist Church takes place at 12 noon (except on first Sunday of the month 10.30 a.m.) The Methodists meet for prayer and Bible Study fortnightly.
The Friend's (Quaker) meeting house (no longer used for worship) is on The Green.

Cemeteries & Graveyards
In yard of ruined church on Chapel Street.
An old Quaker burying ground on High Street.
An old Presbyterian cemetery at 'Crotty's Church'.
Town Graveyard at Clonoghill.
St. John's convent cemetery.
The Gallows Hill cemetery.
The workhouse cemetery.

The Cumberland Pillar in Emmet Square.
The Manchester Martyrs monument in Market Square.
The Rosse Memorial by Foley on John's Mall.

The site of the 6th century monastery of St. Brendan is still unidentified positively though several sites are suggested.

Ceremonial Items
The Adamnan Cross made in 1997 to celebrate thirteen centuries since Adamnan proclaimed The Law of the Innocents in Birr is held by the Churches and used when needed.
The Adamnan Bell - a contemporary bell in the style of the 6th century crafted by Dan Edwards.

The Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland Church choirs.
Birr Choral Society.
Cameor Singers.

Cultural Events, Groups & Locations
Birr Vintage Festival
Oxmantown Hall Theatre
Birr Stage Guild
Birr Historical Society meets monthly for lectures and for outings.
The Garden Guild meets monthly for demonstrations or outings (Secretary Mrs Helen Hogan).

Food & Drink
Country Market on Fridays in St. Brendan's Hall, Emmet Street. Wines Restaurants with wine licenses and two off-licenses in the town.

Sports Facilities
Many G.A.A. pitches, Rugby & Soccer grounds. Rockwell Collage - swimming pool. Par 3 golf course, 5 minutes drive. Pitch and Putt course in town. Indoor pool and snooker.

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The Third Earl of Rosse
The Third Earl of Rosse
John's Mall
John's Mall
Oxmantown Mall
Oxmantown Mall
Irish Towns With A Unique Historic Character And A Link To Ireland's Celtic Past
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