Children also play a part in Irish folklore. The haunting story of The Children of Lir has its origins in Lough Derg in North Tipp. The story tells how King Lir’s children were turned into swans by their jealous stepmother, destined to live life on the lough for 300 years. Just one of the magical tales that have enchanted Irish children for centuries.
Tipperary has seen its fair share of visitors over the years. And it is true to say our history and landscape has been shaped by them and the time they spent here. We invite you to walk with us through the ages as we tell the story of Tipperary and its heritage. From the first settlers to the Norman invasion, each culture has left its mark. Check out our historical trails itinerary here.
Listen carefully and you can probably still hear the chants of an early monastic settlement or imagine the tribes and traders as they arrived through the ages. From the Rock of Cashel to St. Ruadhan’s Abbey, Lorrha, you’ll experience the early days of the High Kings of Ireland and early Christian period. Immerse yourself in this incredible landscape and imagine life here at several points in our colourful and dramatic history. And to help you, we have established many museums catering for speciality subjects. These include the history and origin of our Gaelic Games, the tragic famine of the 1840’s and the varied history and heritage of County Tipperary.