Tipperary is a beautiful county in the mid-west of Ireland, it’s this county that inspired the Irish-orientated love song in 1907. Written by Harry Williams and Jack Judge the marching song is all about a soldier waving goodbye to Leicester Square and Piccadilly as a homesick Irish ex-patriate return to the sweetest girl he knows.
It’s a county well worth singing about once you take its continuing landscapes of lakes and mountains, add its variety of ancient heritage sites and its warmth and hospitality and combines all as part of the heart of Ireland.
Until recently its beauty might have been tasted only from afar, but luckily the world is shrinking and it is no longer such a long way to Tipperary as the song of well over 100 years ago claimed. Ireland’s golden vale is well within reach. It is its valleys, mountains and rich tapestry of lakes that make this the most glorious region referred to as the Ancient East of Ireland.
Before the Norman invasion taking place in the 12th century, Tipperary was divided between the south Munster and old north kingdoms, Desmond and Thomond. Dominated by the McCarthy’s and O’Brien’s, it was the front line in battles between the two. Tipperary county was named after and created in 1328, which makes it the earliest of the Irish counties, it was divided into two ridings namely the South and North Tipperary, the two ridings was reunified to one county in 2014.
Tipperary is the county to which US ex-president Ronald Reagan traced back his family, more specifically to the south of the county, Ballyporeen, while the Ned Kelly, the Australian outlaw’s father was born in 1820 in Killenaule.
Geography and Political Subdivisions
During the time-period in which Tipperary was divided into south and north, unified by governed by the Local Government Reform Act 2014, coming into effect after the 2014 elections that took place in June 2014. Located in the province called Munster, the county was established in the early thirteenth century and during the 2016 census was home to 160,441.
It is the 6th largest of the Irish county and the 12th largest when it comes to population, while Tipperary is the 3rd largest in the six counties of Munster. In the county Tipperary there are twelve baronies including Eliogarty, Clanwilliam, Iffa and Offa East, Ormond Lower, Kilnamanagh Upper, Iffa and Offa West, Ormond Upper, Middle Third, Ikerrin, Kilnamanagh Lower, Owney and Arra and Slievardagh.
Tipperary offers a rich variety of interesting destinations including Cahir Castle, Athassel Priory, Devil’s Bit the mountain near Templemore, Redwood Castle (Castle Egan), Rock of Cashel, Coolmore Stud, Glen of Aherlow, Carrick-on-Suir,Holy Cross Abbey, Dromineer, Mitchelstown Cave, Lorrha, Galtymore highest mountain in County Tipperary, Glengarra Wood, Lough Derg, Kilcash Castle, Ormonde Castle, and Slievenamon mountain part of many Irish legends (721m).
What makes Tipperary unique is the variety of hidden treasures it allows visitors to explore, the Ancient East landscapes are bound to take travellers breath away, while the fertile vales revitalise. When it comes to spectacular sights some of the most popular includes the Knockmealdown mountains and Galtee mountain, while landmarks well worth seeing include Cahir Castle, the Rock of Cashel and the Holycross Abbey.
With the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture and history of the past 5,000 years many travellers now added Tipperary to one of the must-see holiday destinations and it is seen as one of the friendliest places in Ireland. It has something to entertain the whole family while accommodation is offered by country houses or cosy hotels and a visit to one of the authentic Irish café’s or pubs are well worth looking forward to. Other accommodation options include camping, caravan parks, holiday hostels, self-catering and guesthouses. Families can also enjoy angling, several day trips, boating, walks, horse riding, cycling and golf.
The rock of Cashel offers a group of spectacular Medieval buildings set in the golden vale, visitors can also visit a round tower build in the 12th century, the Romanesque chapel and the Gothic cathedral built in the 13th century, while castles include the hall of Vica now semi-restored.
Tipperary not only offers the most beautiful landscapes but is known for its locally produced cheeses and fruits. Visitors can also enjoy gourmet getaways in old convents that are restored. One of the most popular trails is the Butler trail which explores the roots of the family Butler as far back as 1185AD when Chief Butlers was granted over 400,000 acres. It includes passing the main guard Cahir Castle, Mitchelstown cave, Medieval wall town of Fethard and the rock of Cashel. Legend has it that the rock of Cashel emerged once the devil had a bite out of the mountain now titled the Devils Bit, but he spit it back and then it landed in the middle of the countryside in Tipperary and now it is named the Rock of Cashel.
Culture and Architecture
Tipperary leads, and Ireland follows as it is referred to as the premier county and there are around 979 students, speaking Irish attending the five Irish primary schools and two secondary schools. While transport is dementated by road transport in the county with the M7 crossing through Nenagh and Roscrea in the north and the M8 that bisects from the north of Two-mile Borris up to the border of County Limerick.
The best time to take the long road to Tipperary would depend on the activity’s travellers plan, the rainy season is in December, November, January and February. The warmest month of the year in August, while the coolest is January, which is also the wettest and a month that is avoided by many who don’t enjoy rain or plan to spend their holiday mostly outdoors. July is the driest month of all and one that offers the warmest temperatures.