The name Tipperary is taken from the Irish ‘Tiobraid Arann’, which means ‘the well of Era’, referring to the River Ara.

County Tipperary is the largest inland county in Ireland.

Because of its size, in 1838, the county was divided into two administrative areas – the North Riding and South Riding which are still managed as separate entities. The principal town in the North is Nenagh , while the South riding is administered from Clonmel.

The population of both North and South Tipperary is estimated to be in excess of 130,000.

The centre of County Tipperary is known as ‘the Golden Vale’, a fertile stretch of land in the basin of the River Suir , which crosses the county from north to south. Tipperary is bound by mountains to the south and west with a border on Lough Derg  in the north thus offering a superb range of outdoor activities for visitors and locals alike.

County Tipperary has a strong sporting history and is home to the Gaelic Games of Hurling ,Gaelic Football , Camogie and Handball.

Other significant towns are Tipperary , Cahir , Carrick-on-Suir , Cashel , Roscrea, Templemore ,and Thurles.

As the famous song says………….

It’s a long way to Tipperary,
It’s a long way to go,
It’s a long way to Tipperary,
To the sweetest girl I know!
Goodbye Piccadilly! Farewell Leicester Square!
It’s a long, long way to Tipperary,
But my heart’s right there!

Ireland Luxury Tours will try to include a visit to Tipperary on any tour of Ireland……..but may not sing the song ….unless a few Guinness are involved !!!!!!!!!