The Meadow is a site-specific sound installation created as an Offaly Drama Project for the former Birr Workhouse. Through a musical setting of historical information and records, The Meadow seeks to give voice to the thousands of lives lost in the workhouse during the Great Famine of 1845-1852. It was conceived by Fiona Breen in collaboration with composer Tom Lane and historian Margaret Hogan.
We have been working closely with Offaly Council to re-establish and manage an
indigenous wildflower meadow in the burial grounds. Tina Claffey has been documenting, through her beautiful photographs, the wildflowers, and grasses.
Community Groups we have engaged with on The Meadow Project, include Birr Choral Society, Birr Chapter of the Georgian Society, Birr Tidy Towns. Special thanks to The Trench Trust, Creative Ireland, Offaly Arts and The Birr Chapter of The Irish Georgian Society, without their support this project would not have happened.
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