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About our Festival

The ethos of Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival is to celebrate, connect, share,
transform and surprise!


The original 'Birr Vintage Week' began back in 1968 by celebrating the unique Georgian heritage of the town of Birr and town all things vintage! Now, 55 years later, our Festival is nationally-acknowledged as a unique historical, cultural and community-focused celebration.

The people of Birr, those who live here and those who return for the Festival, are enormously proud of Vintage Week. It's a special time when our community comes together to honour and celebrate our town's rich culture and heritage. It's a testament to the special place the Festival holds in people's hearts.


So many people have been involved with the Festival over the years, from organisers, to funders and sponsors, volunteers and thousands of spectators.... it's a shining example of community.

Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival 2024
2 - 10 August

The history

Offaly Libraries has put together a fascinating insight into the wonderful development of Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival over the years


Written by librarian and Birr native Julie McGuirk.

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Janine Wilson

Board of Directors

Cyril Stanley

Board of Directors

Emma Nee Haslam

Board of Directors

Cailin Keaveny

Board of Directors

Caroline Conway

Chair & Visual Arts Coordinator

Terri Dale Kearney

Health & Safety Coordinator

Rebecca Kelly

Marketing Manager

Cha Cahill

Festival Manager

Garrett Kelly


Annie Nichol

Courthouse Yard Arts Coordinator

Christy Keaveny

Technician & Visual Arts

John Kelly

Festival Support

Jock Nichol

Visual Arts & Festival Support

Susanne O'Reilly


Jamie Dooley McCormack

Children's Events Coordinator

Child Protection Officer

Amy Harvey

Festival Support

Seán Loughnane

Festival Support

Grace Dooley

Festival Intern

Dickie Donnelly

Music Event Coordinator

Eoin Kelly

Pub Liaison

Fergus Kelly

Festival Support

Rowena Keaveny

Visual Arts

Anabel Haslam

Festival Intern

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