Tipperary - The Premier County
County Tipperary was the first Irish county to be established in the 13th century and is sometimes referred to as the Premier County, a description attributable to Thomas Davis, Editor of The Nation newspaper in the 1840s as a tribute to the nationalistic feeling in Tipperary and said that "where Tipperary leads, Ireland follows". The locals can be recognised by their pronunciation of the name as they silence the "e" as in Tipp-rary.
The name Tipperary is taken from the Irish 'Tiobraid Arann', which means 'the well of Era', referring to the River Ara.
Tipperary is famous for its horse breeding industry and is the home of Coolmore Stud, which is the largest thoroughbred breeding operation in the world. The County forms a large part of the Golden Vale (or Vein) of Munster, boasting a rich and fertile agricultural landscape.
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.
Tipperary is rich in history with some of the most famous sites situated here, such as the Rock of Cashel, Holy Cross Abbey and Nenagh Castle to name but a few
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 has recently rejoined to make a single administered county. The principal town in the North is Nenagh while in the South riding it is Clonmel
The County particularly nurtures the ancient game of hurling and its teams have regularly been champions of Ireland since the 19th century.