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County Tipperary

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Tipperary North and South

County Tipperary (Irish: Contae Thiobraid Árann) is a county in the Shannon Region of Ireland.


Map of County Tipperary

County towns[edit]

  • 1 Nenagh (Aonach Urmhumhan, “The Fair of Ormond”)
  • 2 Clonmel (Cluain Meala, “honey meadow”)

Other towns[edit]

  • 3 Cahir (An Chathair)
  • 4 Cashel (Caiseal, “stone ringfort”) – home of the Rock of Cashel, an iconic monument
  • 5 Fethard (Fiodh Ard, “high wood”)
  • 6 Golden (An Gabhailín)
  • 7 Holycross (Mainistir na Croise Naofa)
  • 8 Roscrea has an abbey, restored mill and high cross.
  • 9 Thurles (Durlas Éile)
  • 10 Tipperary (Tiobraid Árann, “Well of the Ara”)


Tipperary is a large and beautiful county situated in central southern Ireland. The river Shannon runs down the western edge – including the picturesque Lough Derg, and its twin town of Ballina and Killaloe (Co. Clare). The population is approximately 135,000.


Almost everyone in Tipperary speaks English. Tourist pamphlets and tour guides are always available in English, and also in Irish, German, Spanish and French — and increasingly, in Polish, too, as Polish immigration since 2004 has caused Polish to be spoken more than Irish in this county.

Get in[edit]

Shannon Airport (SNN IATA) and the city of Limerick are nearby. Due to its large size and central position (within Ireland it is usually NOT a long way to Tipperary), parts of the county may be visited from Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Limerick or Galway.

Get around[edit]

The county is well served by road and rail. Limerick Junction railway station is 4 km from Tipperary town. Tipperary town itself also has a railway station, as does, Thurles, Cahir, Clonmel and Carrick-On-Suir.


  • Rock of Cashel is a crag with religious ruins.
  • In Cahir are the Castle, Swiss Cottage, and Mitchelstown Caves.
  • Terryglass north of Nenagh is a very attractive village. Eat at Paddy's Bar.
  • Glen of Aherlow is a scenic area just south of Tipperary. It's backed by the Galtee mountains, where Galtymore reaches 918 metres.
  • Holycross Abbey is a church within a ruined abbey with relics of the cross.
  • Lough Derg extends for 50 km from Ballina, Garrykennedy, Dromineer, Puckane, Terryglass and on up to Portumna. You can return along the County Clare side of the lough.
  • Ormond Castle is a fine Elizabethan manor house at Carrick-on-Suir, in the southeast corner of the county towards Waterford. It's open April-Oct daily 10:00-17:00.


  • Play golf. Tipperary Country Club 5 miles from Cashel is a testing 18 hole golf course.


If visiting South Tipperary - lunch or dinner at *Lily Mai's Café [dead link], in Thomastown (between Cashel and Tipperary Town) is a must! Open Tuesday to Saturday.

As one of Tipperary's main tourist towns, Cashel has a number of eating possibilities - however the pre-eminent one remains Chez Hans, now in it's second generation, serving a 'best of irish menu' in a converted Church. They also provide a cheaper bistro option during the day.

In Nenagh try the Peppermill Restaurant or The Abbot's Bistro or Cloister Restaurant at the Abbey Court Hotel.

There are farmers markets in Carrick-on-Suir, Cahir, Thurles and Nenagh.

Upperchurch pub serves lovely food perfect after a walk.


In Nenagh the following two pubs are well worth a visit. Rohan's on Sarsfield Street is a very friendly local pub, caught in an authentic 1970s timewarp. Una Powell's in the Summerhill area is another fine local pub. Both are generally only open in the evenings.

Go next[edit]

  • To the west are Limerick city and county, and scenic County Clare.
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