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At Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

Offaly's premier arts venue is a must-visit during Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival this year!

Comedy, workshops, children's events, art exhibitions and more.. they have a fantastic schedule all week.

Our thanks to Emma Nee Haslam and all their team for their unwavering support of Vintage Week!

JON KENNY

TALES OF D'UNEXPECTED

Saturday 30 July 

8pm

After two years in solitary confinement and not being within an ass’s roar of fellow mad souls bar myself, it’s time for me now to let off a bit of steam, let my flowing locks down me back and have a bit of craic”. A night of comedy genius with Ireland’s favourite, Jon Kenny.

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EXHIBITION OPENING &

BOOK LAUNCH

Monday 1 August

7.30pm

Opening of The Listening Hand featuring Bridget Flannery, Rosemarie Langtry and Pat Fitzpatrick, curated by Jock Nichol who will also exhibit. Plus launch of Eileen Casey’s new book, Bogmen First and Last. All welcome!

FREE | No booking required.

EXTEND & MEND

(Circular Thinking)

Tuesday 2 August

11am-12.30pm

Intergenerational Workshop

 1 child (ages 8-12) with + 1 of “another generation” – parent or grandparent. 

Plastic can get bad press but by extending the life of existing plastic resources we can create alternative uses for plastic. This intergenerational workshop with ReCreate knits | weaves | crochets plastic to create shelter in a garden space, something for our pets and plants or rainproof pots in which we can grow plant life, plant seeds and new ideas. 

(Max 10 pairs per session)

FREE

 

Futures Lab is supported by the Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with Offaly County Council.

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POSTPONED

FUTURE FIBRES

(Aesthetic Thinking)

Wednesday 3 August

11am-12.30pm

Intergenerational Workshop

1 child (ages 8-12) with + 1 of “another generation” – parent or grandparent. 

Let’s get creative with the people and materials in our lives to create something unique by revisiting traditional textile techniques like crochet, smocking, couching or knitting to give textile and fibres a new lease of life. This session will bring generations together to share skills and creative ideas for a textile piece that combines generations.

(Max 10 pairs per session)

FREE

 

Futures Lab is supported by the Creative Ireland Programme in partnership with Offaly County Council.

SOLD OUT

HULLABALOO! PRESENTS ENCANTO

Wednesday 3 August

7pm

A teenage girl has to face the frustration of being the only member of her family without magical powers! A wondrous adventure for all the family.

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TICKETS SELLING FAST

ARÁN AGUS IM

Thursday 4 August

2.30pm

Arán & Im celebrates the Irish language in an engaging, accessible bilingual way, through sourdough bread and home- churned butter. Written & presented by Manchán Magan.
€15 

SONG RECITAL WITH DYLAN ROONEY

Friday 5 August

2pm

Presented by Birr Festival of Music

 

A firm favourite with Birr and Midland audiences and winner of numerous awards including The Trench Award Audience Prize 2022. Today, he brings us favourites from the American, Irish and German songbooks.

€14/€12 (Free with Four Hands | Four Voices)

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FOUR HANDS | FOUR VOICES

Friday 5 August

8pm

In association with Irish Songmakers

Presented by Birr Festival of Music
 

Maria McGrann soprano 

Sarah Richmond mezzo soprano 

Peter O’Reilly tenor 

Kevin Neville baritone
Niall Kinsella & Rebecca Cohen piano-duo
Showcasing exquisite romantic songs performed by some of the most exciting singers and pianists working in Ireland and abroad today. It has already been given a rapturous reception at Dublin’s National Concert Hall.

 

€20 (includes entry to this afternoon’s Song Recital with Dylan Rooney) 

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!