Birdhill Co Tipperary, Ireland – 2018 International Finalist
Mural on a wall in the Community Park (by local artist, Anne Barry, assisted by members of the Youth Club) depicting the mythical story of how Birdhill got its name
Birdhill is a small, rural village situated in County Tipperary (the Premier County) on the old N7, midway between Limerick City and the town of Nenagh. It can be accessed by taking exit 27 off the M7 motorway. The Village contains 3 business premises, a railway station and 14 residences. Most of the residents live in the wider hinterland, making Birdhill a dispersed community. Local facilities such as the church, school, community hall and playing pitch are 2 to 3 kilometres distance from the village.
Birdhill is part of the parish of Newport and its people are deeply involved in ecclesiastical, sporting and social activities at parish level. Nonetheless, the community of Birdhill has carved a distinctive identity for itself through the active involvement of its people.
Although Birdhill is forever at a crossroads, it is not solely a place to choose a direction by which to leave, but through the ages it has also offered a destination. Birdhill combines the traditions of the past with the efficiencies of the present, the solitude of a rural location with the support of a vibrant community, sustenance for the body and space for the soul. Birdhill has a long history, from mythical times to a 19th century traveller’s resting place. Birdhill’s past and present combine for a bright future made by its people acting together for the betterment of all.