Lighting Up the Night is a celebration of the built environment of the Heritage town of Birr, a way of breathing life into the buildings and stories of the town, and encouraging the community to connect with the architecture and its narrative.
The light trail consists of two parts, a community window trail, Window Wanderland, and immersive, illuminations onto Heritage buildings commissioned by artists, Vintage Luminaries. The trail took place between 14th and 21st August, when Offaly was under additional restrictions of gathering and travel. This gave added poignancy to the event enabling people to safely connect as a community through the window trail. The building illuminations could not happen as a public event but were projected for one night at each site as a surprise pop-up for the adjacent houses. This was documented to share as an online event.
In 697, at the Synod of Birr, Cáin Adomnáin also called the “Geneva Accords” of the ancient Irish, or Lex Innocentium (Law of Innocents) was one of the first ever laws addressing human rights issues, particularly the protection of women and children.
Two artists were commissioned to create projections and accompanying soundtracks, that addresses this Heritage within a broader, contemporary landscape, to illuminate the ruins of Old St Brendan’s Church.
The Maltings provided a canvas for the third artist to reinterpret the legends of Offaly and weave a new mythology around the Sleive Bloom Mountains, adapting old folklore to commemt on our current reality.