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The Meadow - an Offaly Drama Project

The Meadow - an Offaly Drama Project

Cailin Keaveny

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.

Please contact the event organisers (details below) for the latest information regarding COVID-19 safety measures and to register for this event.

Event Details

  • 21st August, 2.00 pm, 4.00 pm, 6.00 pm, 7.30 pm
  • Booking essential. Each performance is 40 minutes. Tickets: 10/12 euro. For booking contact Birr Theatre and Arts Centre at 057-9122911. Location: Birr Workhouse Burial Ground (access through the gate nearest Camcor Community Centre only) R42TN56. It is an open-air event so please dress for weather conditions! If you have any mobility issues, please let us know at time of booking.

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