In order to address the need for a versatile venue that would be able to host tea parties and Sunday schools, and everything in between, the Victorian Birr folk created the grand Oxmantown Hall. Over a century later, the hall was saved from ruins by the Birr State Guild, who refurbished the site to create the Birr Theatre and Arts Centre. Still an eclectic and multifunctional venue, it now hosts a programme ranging from theatre, music, comedy to festivals, and various other events. It also caters to niche interests, being a host venue for the OFFline Film Festival, national Playwriting Festival, Scripts and many others. The refurbished venue opened in 2000, with a performance by international fiddler, Liz Carroll. It continued over the years to attract diverse artists, including Julian Lloyd Webber, Mundy, Pat Short, Ronnie Drew, and Jack L., alongside working with companies such as The Drawing Room Opera Company, Lamberts Puppet Theatre, Ballet Ireland and various others. It has even showcased its own productions, whereby the HMS Pinafore directed by Maureen de Forge and Enda O’Connor in 2001 was nominated for 5 AIMS awards (Association of Irish Musical Societies).