Commemorates 27 remarkable people and places from this heritage town’s fascinating history; all famous (or infamous) in their day but many forgotten in this era. The trail begins in the main square, and takes an easy route, mostly within the heart of town. On foot, it takes approximately an hour and a half to two hours.
The FAN Trail includes:
A Hollywood icon; a world famous photographer, a Gaeilge-speaking Argentinian champion hurler; a romantic GP; a history-loving lawyer; a successful businesswoman and TD who harboured a German spy; a poetic cabinet-maker; a ‘Little Theatre’ that made a big impact as well as a jazzy newspaper editor and a geologist who has a peak in Canada named after him.
There are a few veterans of a former empire’s battles; sportspeople and diplomats; strong threads within the arts; explorers and people of the Church. Along the trail are also included, locations linked with ‘dramatic events’: a murder, a schism, an out-done Dame and a handful of revolutionaries.
This new and fascinating walking trail has been the initiative of two local artists: Jackie Lynch and Rosalind Fanning. From the beginning, their focus has been as much about the people of the town itself, as it is to bring visitors beyond the walls of the main attraction and through the heart of town. This creative partnership has resulted in the trail of elegant blue and white plaques which can be seen in Birr today and mark the places where their subjects were born, dwelt, performed, died or worked and are now honoured again A reasonable gender balance has been sought and achieved.
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