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Birr, Co. Offaly

Birr (Biorra in Irish) is a designated heritage town in the midlands county of Offaly. Once called "Parsonstown", after the Parsons family, Birr is situated at the meeting of the Camcor and Little Brosna rivers. On leaving Birr, the combined Camcor and Little Brosna rivers, now simply the Brosna river, flow into the River Shannon. 

It is a lovely  old town steeped in history with graceful wide streets and elegant buildings. Many of the houses in John's Place and Oxmantown Mall have exquisite fanlight windows of the Georgian period. It makes a good holiday centre, with plenty to do locally – Birr Castle, with its observatory and magnificently restored gardens to visit, also golfing, fishing, riding and river excursions.

Gardens

Bellefield Garden - Shinrone County Offaly Ireland
Bellefield
Birr, Co. Offaly
The love of plants is an all consuming passion for garden architect Angela Jupe and the rationale behind the creation of her new garden. It’s a passion that prompted her to plant 1,000 scarlet tulips for pointillist effect in the meadow i ...
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Golf

Esker Hills Golf Club - Tullamore County Offaly Ireland
Esker Hills Golf Club
Tullamore, Co. Offaly
Course Type: Parkland
Esker Hills Golf Club, a Christy O' Connor Jnr designed masterpiece over 150 acres of testing terrain, is regarded as one of Ireland's leading inland golf courses. It's a challenging 18 hole par 71  championship golf course where no two hole ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
Roundwood House - The Coach House, The Forge & The Cottage
Mountrath, Co. Laois
Three self-catering units situated on the grounds of Roundwood House, an 18th century Palladian Villa, in a beautiful region of central Ireland at the foot of the unspoilt Slieve Bloom Mountains. Each building possesses immense character and ...
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What's On

Tullamore Country Fair - County Offaly - Saturdays
Tullamore County Fair

Millennium Square, Main Street, Tullamore, County Offaly

Saturdays 9am to 4pm

Producer led market specialising in fine food, street entertai ...
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Tourist Attractions

Clonmacnoise - Shannonbridge County Offaly Ireland
Clonmacnoise
Shannonbridge, Co. Offaly
Clonmacnoise is an Early Christian site founded by St. Ciarán in the mid-6th century on the eastern bank of the River Shannon. The strategic location of the monastery helped it become a major centre of religion, learning, craftsmanship and ...
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Wedding Venues

Coolbawn Quay Lakeshore Spa
Coolbawn Quay Lakeshore Spa
Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
Spas and retreats have been appearing all over Ireland in recent years, but few could rival the beauty of this magic place. This unique resort on the eastern shores of Lough Derg is modelled on an 19th century Irish village with quietly luxurious ...
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