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Birr Featured In 10 Most Beautiful Towns In Ireland

Thursday, 4 May 2017

BIRR town recently featured as part of a list of the ten most beautiful towns in Ireland.

The list was compiled by a Cork native, Julie Daunt and featured in a piece for travel media company, Culture Trip in February last and the Tribune is more than happy to highlight such a glowing recommendation for such a gorgeous town.

Writing in the piece, Ms Daunt said: 'While those visiting the country may spend most of their time in the country's cities, it's the smaller towns that reveal just how stunning and charming Ireland can be.'

She described Birr has 'one of the finest Georgian towns in Ireland and has been carefully preserved over the years. Wide streets and elegant buildings make this town a charming place to visit. The houses in John's Place and on the Oxmantown Mall are good examples of Georgian fanlight windows.

'Emmet Square and Emmet Street has some of the earliest examples of Georgian style buildings in the town. These are contrasted by John's Hall, which is built in the style of a Greek Hall. The monastery in the town was founded by St Brendan's and it produced the famous Gospels of MacRegol. These can be seen in the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Other ancient artefacts in Birr include the Seffin stone, which is said to mark the centre of Ireland.'

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