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After two very long years, the Vintage Sunday Parade made its return on Sunday 31 July 2022. 


The centre-piece of Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival, it was sorely missed due to lockdowns and restrictions during the pandemic.


Our next Vintage Sunday Parade will be on Sunday 6 August 2023.  So, get planning now if you would like to be part of! 

Contact our Parade Coordinator on if you have any questions.

Sunday 6 August | 3pm

About the 2023 Parade

The crown jewel of Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival returns again this year on Sunday 6 August, 3pm.

Like 2022, this year's parade will be an all-local affair with award-winning nature photographer, Tina Claffey, already announced to give the Opening Address.

To celebrate 55 years, we will also be expanding the Parade this year with a brand-new Community Participation project in collaboration with Cloughjordan Circus Club and Gravity Dance School.

We will also be announcing this year's Parade Grand Marshalls very soon.

In the meantime, save the date and dust off your Vintage finery for the occasion.

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Tina Claffey

We are thrilled to share the news that Tina Claffey will give the Opening Address at this year's Vintage Sunday Parade on 6 August.

Tina is an award-winning nature photographer who has a unique perspective of the flora and fauna of the unspoilt raised bogs and wet woodlands of the Irish midlands.

She has been honoured with awards from highly-prestigious world competitions including International Photography Awards, Fine Art Photography Awards, BigPicture-Natural World Photography, Close Up Photographer of the Year and IGSPOTY (International Garden Photographer of the Year).


One of Birr's shining lights, we're sure you'd agree!

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Emma Nee Haslam

Emma Nee Haslam became a member of the Vintage Week family as vice-chair from 1994 to 1996 and continues to be involved at many levels since then including festival secretary for many years, festival chair in 2007 and currently is a member of our board of directors.  


Emma has been the Manager at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre for over twenty two years and has extensive experience in event management, running approx. 180 events per year. 


During the past twenty years she established, and currently co-produces, both Hullabaloo! Offaly’s Children’s Arts Festival with Offaly County Council and Scripts Ireland’s Playwriting Festival with Jasango Theatre and was a member of the team that established OFFline Film Festival and Birr Festival of Music.  



In honour of our Parade Opening Speaker, Tina Claffey,  Cloughjordan Circus Club are bringing Tiny Fantastic, to the Vintage Sunday Parade with a giant spider, butterfly stilt walkers, flowers, and bees.

To extend the theme, Vintage Week will be holding Parade prop-making workshops in July to make your own float and props embracing the theme and to create a Parade of Bugs and Blooms and celebrate the Biodiversity of our beautiful county.

If your group or school is planning to join the Parade, we can offer workshops to help you make props.!


Contact for more information

Tiny Fantastic Birr Vintage Week Workshop
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4pm - 7pm

Green Street

4pm: Vintage Cars on Display

Emmet Square

4.45pm: Frankie Magilligan Comedy Juggling Show

5pm: Children’s Vintage Costume Competition


Courthouse Yard

5pm & 6.30pm: Baubo Theatre

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Frankie Magilligan Comedy Juggling Show

With his incredible smile and impeccable fashion sense, Frankie will leave you in stitches with his hilarious antics and incredible juggling skills.


And if that wasn’t enough, he'll be performing on a stunning gold unicycle that will leave you in awe. Frankie's show is the perfect combination of skill, humour, and style, and he'll have you on the edge of your seat as he juggles everything from balls and clubs to knives and fire. 



Get your children into the festival spirit by dressing up in Vintage costume and be in with a chance of winning some great prizes!


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- Cabinet of Curatrocities

Step right up and prepare to avert your eyes! Hold your breath, hold your tongue, hold your nose... Baubo Theatre’s world-famous Cabinet of Curatrocities is in town. Join the Baron von Munchcracker and the irrepressible Spud as they traverse the nine corners of the earth and the five seas to bring you the sights, sounds and smells of their cabinet of curatrocities.  These two hideous and lovable characters use an inventive mix of puppetry, song and dance to tell the tales of how they came by their treasures! Developed with support from the Irish Arts Council and Spraoi Festival as part of the New Emerging Street Talent residency.


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