"Birr" Birr by mvtouring

Birr Travel Guide: 14 reviews and 33 photos

Leaving Portumna heading towards Dublin again, our first stop was at Birr.
Birr (Biorra in Irish) is a town in the Midlands county of Offaly in Ireland. Once called Parsonstown, after the Parsons family who were local landowners and hereditary Earls of Rosse, 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 River Brosna, flow into the River Shannon.

Birr is a designated Irish Heritage Town with a carefully preserved Georgian heritage. Birr itself has 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.

  • Last visit to Birr: Dec 2007
  • Intro Updated Mar 14, 2009
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  • ChristaV's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    The story about the Birr stone is very interesting.

  • himalia11's Profile Photo
    Dec 28, 2008 at 12:54 AM

    Nice to see that others also visit Birr! I didn't recall that it once was called Parsonstown but I remember the castle & telescope!

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