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A Productive and Successful Year for Tipperary Tourism
2017 has proven a productive and successful year for Tipperary Tourism. Now in its 3rd year Tipperary Tourism is beginning to reap the benefits of having a dedicated Tourism entity to consolidate and drive tourism promotion and marketing for County Tipperary.
Tipperary is a place of majestic beauty situated in the heartland of Ireland.Bounded by stunning mountains and serene rivers and lakes, it offers a diverse array of spectacular walking trails with breathtaking views of open countryside and rolling hills.
So it’s that time of year and you might be thinking “what are the things to do in Tipperary in September & October?” It’s a sort of no-mans land, September. The leaves have not yet turned but are going that delicious light green colour. It’s not cold and it’s not warm. The weather has been so mild here this year, that the leaves are just barely starting to fall from the trees. As usual, we have lots for you to do, whether you are a family out for some fun, or a culture vulture.
Every year Tipperary Town is host to the world famous Tipperary International Peace Award. We welcome the worlds media to our county town to celebrate the peace convention. You may not know that the Peace Award has been around for over 30 years now and every year the worlds media descends to see what the award is all about. We have welcomed such illustrious guests as the United States Secretary of State John Kerry, the Kennedy family, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Malala Yousafzai, former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela, former President of Ireland Mary McAleese and former United States of American President Bill Clinton to our town.
Reconnect with yourself as you explore beautiful County Tipperary in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. Through lush green fields, soaring mountain ranges and hidden glades, people have been inspired for millennia to build churches, shrines, monasteries and tombs to echo the sacred landscapes of Ireland’s Premier County.
Things to do with kids in Tipperary during the summer
With the summer holidays halfway through, and back gardens, toys and art supplies truly exhausted, the summer holidays can be a boring time for kids. . So why not organise a day-trip for all the family? There are lots of things to do here in Tipperary, with festivals and events on all month, but if you can’t make it to these events, we’ve put together a list of places to get to before the summer holidays end. Guaranteed to keep the peace, get them off the smart phones and create some amazing summer memories.
With the end of the summer holidays looming and the kids going back to school this month, there has never been a better time to enjoy some quality time with the family. August is the perfect month for adventures as the weather returns to its warm ‘back to school’ phase, so why not get out and about and see the event that Tipperary has to offer? Here are some of the events that are happening through out the county for August. For a full listing of events check out www.whatsonintipp.ie
‘A Message in Time’ Exhibition @Tipperary County Museum
Written communication, whether a postcard, letter, text or email is a tradition that has been carried out for thousands of years. It’s an activity that most of us partake in every day, but never really think about. Our new exhibition, ‘A Message in Time’, - which opened on the third of July at Tipperary County Museum - seeks to change by provoking the visitor into thinking and questioning our relationship with written communication. It’s a fascinating trip when we consider how we communicate instantly in the current digital age.
The weather is beautiful here in Tipperary and what better way to enjoy it than a boating holiday on Lough Derg on the Shannon? We have lots of things to do on the water, with many towns and locations where you can moor up and enjoy the surroundings, whether a couple, a family or a group of friends. There are festivals going on all summer in the villages around the lake, most that you can reach from the water.
There was great excitement last week when Alan Hughes arrived down from TV3 AM to ride the slalom rapids at the new slalom course in Clonmel. This will be aired on TV3 in the near future as part of his “challenge Alan” series. As you will see from the photos, it was a beautiful summers evening as we launched the canoes.
Apart from our music festivals, we also have a great selection of events in our summer of theatre in Tipperary. We have lots of art and culture events for adults and children, including street theatre, that will entertain the whole family. From June 28th to the 10th of August you can access arts, music heritage and history in the Brú Ború Cultural Centre, Cashel. We have fashion design for children, street theatre, arts and cultural events throughout the county.
Things to do in Tipperary – The Tipperary Garden Festival Trail
As June is the month for Ireland’s famous garden show Bloom, we thought you’d like to know about our own beautiful garden trail here in Tipperary. The Tipperary Garden Festival takes place in June each year. These show gardens are a real feast for the eyes and a great way to recharge your soul. Some have plants available for sale (so you can satisfy that gardening bug) after being inspired by your visit to these stunning gardens. Please note some may require booking by appointment and some charge an admission fee.
The Tipperary Gardens Festival takes place each year. The Gardens Open Festival Weekend this year is on the 24th and 25th June. This weekend does not require appointments but other times do require an appointment.
There are many gardens to see.
The gardens are as follows Ashfield Garden, BallyBoy House, Ballyhist Garden, Killurney Garden,Kilcoran Garden Centre, Clonmel Garden Centre, Dundrum Nurseries, Joe's Garden Centre and the Tipperary Gardener.
Cahir Social and Historical Society present Summer Shakespeare season at the castle. There are two fantastic plays on over the summer. Romeo and Juliet is on the Friday the 14 of July and Friday the 21st of July and starts at 8 15 pm. Hamlet is on Friday the 28th July and Friday the 4th August and starts at 8 15 pm. Tickets are €15 and can be gotten from Cahir House Hotel on 052 7443000. These are two plays guaranteed not to be missed.
Feed your imagination with our upcoming festivals in Tipperary
We have lots of great days out (and weekends away!) coming up for the June bank holiday. The Clancy Brothers Festival, located in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary, is celebrating 10 years this year. The town will once again be transformed into a haven for local & visiting artists, performers and cultural enthusiasts. The Festival honours the musical legacy of the world famous influential Irish Folk music group - The Clancy Brothers - whom together with Tommy Makem - were the first Irish singers to achieve international fame during the folk revival of the 1960s.
Time for a land of stories - mythology and legend in Tipperary
May is the month for stories by the camp fire and Tipperary is stepped in mythology and legend. All through the county stories are told around the fireside. One famous story around Dolla and the Silvermines revolves around the night the devil came to call to an area near Templemore. It concerns a certain mountain. The Devil's Bit is a mountain in County Tipperary, which is 478m above sea level at its highest elevation. It lies to the north-west of the town of Templemore.
In South Tipperary we created the Butler Trails. The Butler Trails are sites around the towns of Clonmel, Carrick on Suir and Cahir. The main sites are The Main Guard in Clonmel, in Cahir we have The Swiss Cottage and Cahir Castle and Carrick on Suir has Ormond Castle. There is the butler trail app available for download and this gives you an audio tour of the towns, an itinerary builder for the towns.
It’s that time of year when we all need to take a day or two off. Instead of a duvet day, it’s time for a “you and me day”. What better than dodging April showers and grabbing those precious early rays of sunshine? We have the perfect solution, whatever you and yours truly like to do. From traditional music to literature, craft and food, it’s all here in Tipp.
Well Spring has sprung at last here in Tipperary, and no better place to be we say! The fine weather brings a great excuse for Easter family fun days. Memories of those lazy hazy days of our childhood come flooding back. We are really excited to announce that, not only do we have some of the best scenery along Irelands Ancient East, we now we have some extra visitor attractions in the form of the new canoe slalom course in Clonmel. This month also saw the launch of the fantastic new Horse Country Experience in Fethard (medieval town and home of Rogue Angel). Great ideas to create some top days out for your family.
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 Tipperary brand puts a fresh new spin on Tipperary, its richly historical past, sublime beauty and charming culture. While the brand acknowledges the importance of Tipperary’s heritage, it also showcases the timeless natural beauty of the county and its refreshingly laidback pace of life.
The tone of our brand identity is therefore suitably down-to-earth and easy-going. Whilst being contemporary, it is always welcoming and friendly.
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.
The Munster Vales is a new inland tourism destination in the heart of Munster, of domestic and international significance incorporating the Comeragh, Knockmealdown, Galtee, Ballyhoura and Nagles mountain ranges.
The majestic 32,000 acres of Lough Derg, Ireland’s third largest lake after Lough Neagh and Lough Corrib, is nestled between the counties of Tipperary, Clare and Galway and is a fully navigable waterway.
Lough Derg has 179 km of indented shoreline, stretching over 40 km from Portumna at its northern tip to Killaloe and Ballina in the south. The lake is 12Km’s wide at its widest point. Lough Derg is an area of great charm, natural beauty and heritage.
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.