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About our Festival

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, almost 54 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.

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

Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival 2023
4 - 12 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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It's our 55th birthday in 2023.


So to mark this very special celebration, we are once again encouraging all community groups to roll in with their traditional vintage activities and to revisit and revive some of the old favourites.


2022 was a fantastic example of how the community of Birr comes together to celebrate our rich culture and heritage.

It's never too early to get planning!

If you have an idea, get in touch with our Community Events team and they will support you every step of the way!

Help us celebrate our 55th birthday in 2023!


Janine Wilson

Board of Directors

Caroline Conway

Chair & Visual Arts Coordinator

Emma Nee Haslam

Board of Directors

Rebecca Kelly

PR & Marketing Manager

Cailin Keavney

Board of Directors

Terri Dale-Kearney

Parade Coordinator

Vincent McCarthy


Caroline Conway

Health & Safety Officer

Christy Keavney

Visual Arts & Festival Support

Jock Nichol

Visual Arts & Festival Support

Aoife Sheils

Community Events Coordinator

John Johnson


Amy Harvey

Festival Support

Annie Nichol

Visual Arts & Festival Support

Jamie Dooley McCormack

Children's Events Coordinator

Child Protection Officer

Garrett Kelly

Festival Admin

Rowena Keavney

Visual Arts

Naomi McArdle

Community Flag Project

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