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Launch of the new Tipperary Tourism Brand
Apart from our Butler Trail launch, this month also saw the launch of our brand new look and tourism campaign aimed at marketing Tipperary as the foremost inland tourist destination in Ireland. At our launch in the Rock of Cashel we announced that we want to give all visitors to Tipperary, whether families, culture vultures, history buffs, or social energisers a high quality experience that they'll remember forever.
On this trail you can learn all about one of the most famous aristocratic families in Tipperary, the Butler family. Using the Butler Trail App in conjunction with your journey creates a unique and special experience. You will be able to hear their remarkable stories by downloading our App and audio guide whilst you visit the places associated with them. You will hear all about the intrigue, deadly rivalries, drama and romance spanning 5 centuries.
A very exciting launch happened in Rockwell College on Wednesday February 22nd. The Tipperary Breakfast (a collaboration by Tipperary Food Producers & Kevin Thornton) prepared by Kevin himself, with the support of members of the Tipperary Food Producers Network, who provided tastings and samplings of some of their exceptional products.
After the success of our last post (where we recommended the most romantic locations in Tipperary), it seems a few proposals were made! So if you got the proposal, we have the venue to match. In no particular order, here are some of our top attractions for your special event.
Tipperary is one of the most beautiful counties in Ireland. Here we share our top locations for romantic couples. Perfect for a day out or a short break. All of the locations have fabulous scenery and are great for photos or selfies (if you do decide to pop the question).
Revitalise yourself in the fertile vales of Tipperary: an undiscovered wonder of Ireland’s Ancient East with landscapes to take your breath away. There are so many spectacular sights to see in the farming heartland of Ireland: the majestic Galtee and Knockmealdown Mountains; historic landmarks such as the Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle and Holycross Abbey; and so many delightful towns and villages.
Ireland's Ancient East
Where is all begins is right here in County Tipperary, in this lush green landscape. Over 5,000 years of history lie buried within the verdant meadows, bustling towns and rugged stone monuments of Ireland's Ancient East. Each landmark has its stories to tell, as indeed do the locals, who delight in telling tales that are rich in famous battles and magic rituals.
The Munster Vales is a new tourism destination that extends from the Comeraghs to Ballyhoura incorporating the Galtees and the Knockmealdowns. It is supported by Fáilte Ireland, Waterford City & County Council, Tipperary and Cork County Councils, local development agencies and tourism entities.
The first ever Sean Kelly Classic Leisure Tour of Tipperary takes place on June 12th of this year, starting and finishing in Sean’s home town of Carrick on Suir . It also coincides with the launch of National bike week 2016.
Tipperary Tourism Company wants to make you aware of some of the amazing places and activities that are on our doorstep. So we've decided to showcase tourism activities and venues in Tipperary every month in our communications. If you’d like your activity showcased, please get in contact.
Munster Vales is a new tourism destination which will be developed as the key inland destination in Irelands Ancient East. Munster Vales extends from the Comeraghs to Ballyhoura incorporating the Galtees and the Knockmealdowns. It is supported by Failte Ireland, Waterford City & County Council, Tipperary and Cork County Councils, local development agencies and tourism entities.
A large number of tourism providers in county Tipperary attended the inaugural Tipperary Tourism Seminar at Brú Ború in Cashel recently. Organised by Tipperary County Council in conjunction with Tipperary Tourism Company, and supported by Tipperary Local Enterprise Office,the event highlighted the work of Tipperary Tourism since it was established at the beginning of the year.
Upperchurch Walking Weekend - Ten Years of Walking
Upperchurch Walking Weekend celebrates it's10th Anniversary this year and details of this year’s events on November 6th, 7th and 8th have recently been announced. This year there will be an expanded program which will include emigration and reconnecting with the local diaspora as an associated theme.
The second largest lake in Ireland, Lough Derg and the surrounding area is home to innumerable water-based activities. Hire a sailing boat at Shannon Sailing in Dromineer or let someone else do the driving and sit back and relax on-board a Spirit of Killaloe Cruise.
Spend a couple of days in travelling around Tipperary and you’ll be spoilt for choice when picking what attractions to visit to learn more about the heritage and history of the county. Here are our top ten picks but there are plenty more.
We can guarantee there’s something for the whole family. Walk through unspoilt hillsides and visit country pubs and cafés.
Enjoy Tipperary’s sporting tradition – Thurles town is the birthplace of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Enjoy some of Ireland’s quirkiest festivals, play golf on challenging courses or take in a day at the races.
For anglers there are numerous options all over Tipperary. Babbling stream, gently flowing river or broad lake; game or coarse; novice or expert; here in Tipperary you have a choice no matter what kind of angler/fisherman you are.
In Tipperary, we know golf and we know golfers. What you’ll find is a selection of challenging, scenic courses testing you as a golfer and welcoming you as a visitor. You get a real chance to combine sport and leisure. Irish golf courses are renowned the world over for their natural beauty and their challenging nature. Find the right one for you! We’ll see you on the 19th hole.
For as long as we can remember, horses and Tipperary have been inextricably linked. As the home of some of the world’s most famous racehorses and the base for many of Ireland’s most experienced jockeys and trainers, the equestrian world is a serious business in these parts. In 2011, Her Majesty the Queen, Queen Elizabeth II, visited Coolmore Stud during her historic visit to Tipperary.
The food and drink of a region are as much a part of it as are the people who live in it. In Tipperary, we want you to take advantage of all that is wholesome and natural from one of Ireland’s
leading agricultural regions, known as 'The Golden Vale'.
Have you ever wondered about your Irish roots? You may have heard songs and stories passed down about Tipperary and wondered what your people went through all those years ago to make a fresh start and how hard it must have been to leave their friends and family.
Right in the heart of Ireland there’s a land waiting to be explored. Ancient castles, mysterious caves, inspiring views, fun outdoor activities, soothing forest walks and relaxing fishing spots. From families to groups, this land offers a true change of scenery whether you have a week or afternoon to fill. Only an hour from Cork and two hours from Dublin, it’s never a long way to Tipperary.
Photograph shows; Back Row L-R Anthony Coleman, Aisling Keeley, Joanne O’Dwyer, Suzanne Campion Todd McNamara, Marie Maher, Joe MacGrath, Jane Ryan, Mark Molloy.
Front Row L-R Una Ryan, Bernard Chadwick, Luke Murtagh Chairman, Isabel Cambie, Marie Phelan.
Situated in Ireland’s rural heartland, it is no surprise to learn that Tipperary is home to many independent food producers who provide local restaurants and pubs with their top quality produce. And what holiday in Tipperary is complete without visiting a real Irish pub?
Walking in Tipperary - You'll be spoilt for choice!
This is the Ireland you have been looking for – base yourself in any village or town in County Tipperary, relax with friends (and the locals) and take in all of Tipperary’s natural beauty. Make the iconic Rock of Cashel your first stop, then choose between castles and forest trails, mountain rambles or a pub lunch alongside lazy rivers. There are plenty of looped walks long and short, heritage walks, and linear walks where the scenery will take your breath away.
Maurice Davin was a farmer from Carrick-on-Suir who went on to become a renowned athlete and co-founder of the Gaelic Athletic Association. He also served two terms as it’s president. Davin was instrumental in the early years of the organisations development, when standardised rules were introduced for several sports including Hurling and Gaelic Football. Davin has a stand in Croke Park (the national GAA stadium) named after him.
Tipperary is an unassuming market town with a surprising depth of heritage. Take a stroll along one or other of its several historic walks – laid out along red (3.2km), blue (1.45km), green (1.6km) and orange (1.2km) routes – and you’ll soon be drawn to its understated charm.
Cashel is best explored by following the town heritage walk. Take the Cashel Palace Hotel, a Queen Anne-style mansion that once housed the local archbishop. Cashel is also home to St John the Baptist Church (1749) and the Georgian St. John’s Cathedral. The former boasts a mosaic of the ascension of Christ into heaven, the latter an organ by Samuel Green.
Cahir Castle is a jewel, beautifully preserved and possessing the kind of battlements, towers and keep that look like they were built decades, rather than centuries, ago. Developed by the Butler family in the 15th century, the castle contains one of the few working portcullises in Ireland, and is a bona fide star of the screen, having featured in Excalibur, Braveheart and The Tudors.
Tipperary is a place with a long history and rich heritage which any visitor to the county will appreciate. It is visible as you journey around the county and see the many castles, abbeys and churches which dot the landscape. It is also apparent in the stories and personalities that you will encounter along the way. Tipperary has been at the centre of many key events in Irish history. The following is but a short summary of the main players, dates and places.
Tipperary Tourism Company acknowledges the support from Tipperary County Council, South Tipperary Development Company, North Tipperary Leader Partnership, The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and the EU.