Birdhill (Cnocán an Éin Fhinn – The Hill of the Fair Bird) is a small picturesque village situated in county Tipperary on the R445 (old N7) midway between Limerick and Nenagh. Killaloe is 3 miles to the north, while Newport lies 5 miles to the south. Birdhill derives its name from a mythical encounter between Oisín of the Fianna and a giant bird which was causing widespread destruction in the area.
Birdhill lies at the centre of a very varied landscape: hills to the south-west stretching down to the callows by the Shannon, bog lands to the south and fertile plains to the north-east. Such landscape interspersed with wood and grassland, waste ground and meadow, hedgerow and stonewall, streams and rivers, wetlands and uplands – all provide a wide range of habitats for a rich variety of wildlife, a diverse agricultural setting and an interesting environment to explore.
Birdhill is a rural village, formerly dominated by huge volumes of traffic passing through on the N7, but now somewhat quieter since being bypassed by a new motorway.
- The village benefits from wonderful views of Lough Derg and it has excellent amenities for a village of its size.
- It is serviced by two pubs with restaurant facilities, coffee academy store, self catering apartments, bed and breakfast facilities.
- The village green is attractively landscaped and a modern sculpture has been installed.
- A village park and a walking trail have been developed by the community in recent years.
- Our motto is ‘For the sake of the little village,’ the immortal words of Matt the Thresher in Charles Kickham’s Knocknagow.
It aptly describes the pride we have in our native place.
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