City Guide to Tipperary
Small Town Charm
With a population of just over 4,500, the town of Tipperary is the very epitome of small town Ireland. It exudes the warmth of local charm through every one of its streets, shops, pubs and hotels.
Located between Limerick and Cashel, ‘Tipp’ is an excellent place to discover the real culture and history of Ireland. There’s a number of small pubs perfect for experiencing the local food, drink and hospitality.
There’s something unique but also reassuringly familiar about Tipperary. Its picture postcard prettiness is most evident in the area known as New Tipperary which was originally settled by tenants withholding rent from their landlords. Today the unusual wooden fronted buildings command high rents indeed and make a romantic place that is full of character to enjoy your stay in.
Main Street is the heart of the town with wide streets radiating out from its centre. Here there are two monuments that celebrate the rich history and tradition of the area. The bronze statue of local poet and patriot Charles Kickham is accompanied by the nearby Maid of Erin who commemorates the Irish patriots known as the Manchester Martyrs.
This feeling of patriotism and pride in Irish culture is evident all around Tipperary and can be explored further in the Excel Centre, just off Main Street, which offers an exciting mix of arts and entertainment events throughout the year.
Tipperary derives its name from the Irish ‘Tiobrad Arann’, which means the Well of the Ara – a reference to the river that runs through this picturesque town.
The town is an excellent starting point for exploring the famous – and very beautiful – Glen of Aherlow. This section of delightful Irish countryside is suitable for walkers and cyclists of all levels of fitness, offering walks that are well signposted and take in areas boasting stunning scenery.. There are unrivalled views of the Galtee mountains and a number of rivers and lakes that really exemplify rural Ireland.
Sport in Tipperary
The whole county of Tipperary has an enviable sporting history: the popular Gaelic games of hurling, Gaelic football and handball are all popular. But it is horse racing that is the real favourite, and the Tipperary Racecourse can be found just northwest of the town at Limerick Junction.
Although it is known as the birthplace of the father of infamous Australian outlaw Ned Kelly, Tipperary today can only father a feeling of tranquility and warmth. It is a perfect example of old Ireland moving at a refreshingly slow pace - and a perfect introduction to the innocent delights of this scenic land.