Drama In Birr – New 1916 Commemoration Book To Be Launched

A new book commemorating the activities at Oxmantown Hall (now Birr Theatre & Arts Centre) during 1916 will be officially launched next week.


Written by Margaret Hogan, Drama in Birr: Oxmantown Hall 1889 to 1916 briefly traces the origins and early history of the venue alongside some of the real-life drama which took place in Birr in 1916, side-by-side with the creative drama performed in the theatre.

Theatre 2016 Book Cover

Drama in Birr book cover

Supported by Offaly 2016, the 28-page book is a fascinating snapshot of the town during a period of tension both nationally and in Birr and includes photographs, newspaper clippings and witness accounts from Birr people in Dublin during Easter Week 1916 and more.


It will be officially launched as part of the Birr Vintage & Arts Festival Visual Arts Trail at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre on Monday 1 August at 5.30pm.


Speaking about the book, Margaret Hogan said: ‘Birr was a dramatic town during those twenty-seven years leading up to 1916. Most entertainment was light-hearted, contrasting with the drama of real life during periods of tension, World War One and the Easter Rising.’


Drama in Birr: Oxmantown Hall 1889 to 1916 will be on sale at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre at €8 with proceeds going towards the restoration of the venue’s façade.


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