The cup of life is overflowing in Tipperary. In this extensive and wondrously fertile region, there's an air of fulfillment, a comfortable awareness of the world in harmony. And the placenames reinforce this sense of natural bounty.
Across the middle of the county, there's the Golden Vale, with prosperous lands along the wide valley of the River Suir and its many tributaries, and westwards towards County Limerick across a watershed around Donohill. The Vale be so named because the village of Golden is at its heart, but then it could be the other way round - that’s the kind of place it is
The county's largest town, down in the far south under the Comeragh Mountains, is the handsome borough of Clonmel - its name translates as "Honey Meadow". Yet although there are many meadows of all kinds in Tipperary, there's much more to this largest inland county in Ireland than farmland, for it is graced with some of the most elegant mountains in the country.
North of the Golden Vale, the Silvermine Mountains rise to 694 m on Keeper Hill, and beyond them the farming countryside rolls on in glorious profusion to Nenagh - a town much improved by by-passes on either side - and Tipperary's own riviera, the beautiful eastern shore of Lough Derg. Inevitably, history and historic monuments abound in such country, with the fabulous Rock of Cashel and its dramatic remains of ancient ecclesiastical buildings setting a very high standard for evoking the past.
But Tipperary lends itself every bit as well to enjoyment of the here and now. Tipperary is all about living life to the full, and they do it with style in a place of abundance.
Local Attractions and Information
- the first and only school of its kind in Ireland that runs a Traditional Irish Music and Culture School.
Aherlow, Glen of Glenbrook Trout Farm +353 (0) 62 56214
Birdhill Tipperary Crystal Visitor Centre +353 (0) 61 379066
Cahir Cahir Castle +353 (0)52 41011
Cahir Farmers Market Sats 9am-1pm +353 (0) 86 6482044
Carrick-on-Suir Ormond Castle +353 (0)51 640787
Carrick-on-Suir Tipperary Crystal Visitor Centre +353 (0) 51 641188
Cashel Bru Boru Culture Centre +353 (0)62 61122
Cashel Rock of Cashel +353 (0)62 61437
Cashel Tourism Information +353 (0)62 61333
Clonmel Clonmel Racecourse +353 (0)52 23422
Clonmel Theatre & Arts Festival (July) +353 (0)52 29339
Clonmel Tourism Information +353 (0)52 22960
Nenagh Heritage Centre +353 (0)67 32633
Nenagh Tourism Information +353 (0)67 31610
Roscrea Roscrea Heritage - Castle & Damer House +353 (0)505 21850
Thurles Holy Cross Abbey +353 (0)504 43241
Thurles Race Course +353 (0)504 21040
Tipperary Race Course (Limerick Junction) +353 (0)62 51357
Tipperary town Tourism Information +353 (0)62 51457