The History of Birr

Birr has been designated a Heritage Town for the quality, preservation and distinctive character of its Georgian architecture and ambience.

Georgian Birr started to take shape in the 1740s when Emmet Square and Emmet St. (then Cumberland Square and Cumberland Street) were developed to the north of Main St. Town squares were then in fashion and so were houses in the Georgian style, influenced by the Italian architect Palladio whose distinctive style of architecture can be found in places as far apart as America, Italy, India, Birr, Bath, Dublin and Leningrad.


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