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A Virtual Tour Of Tipperary West - BY TIP

A Virtual Tour Of Tipperary West

A County Not Unlike Many Others, Each One A Little Special

Virtually Tour :

Cappawhite | Cashel | Emly | Galbally | Glen of Aherlow

Limerick Junction | Multeen | Tipperary Town

Tipperary West Listings

CAPPAWHITE

Common local family coat of arms "O'Dwyer" & "White" supplied by Families Of Ireland

Cappawhite (An Cheapach - The Plot of land), the village lies at the south-eastern edge of Slieve Felim Mountains. One of the last faction fights between rival families took place here in 1881. The great Fair of Cappawhite and the faction fighting era is now commemorated by an annual July festival. Nearby, at Greenfields, a new amenity park has recently been opened to the public.

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CASHEL

Common local family coat of arms "Murphy" & "Mc Carthy" supplied by Families Of Ireland

You round a 20th century bend on the main Dublin-Cork road and you are transported back 1500 years. There, standing proud of the plains, is the great 4th century fortification of Cashel - the stone fort. This was the seat of kings and mediaeval bishops for 900 years and flourished until the early 17th century. Indeed, there was a settlement here from pre-christian times, traces of which have long since vanished. Interwoven into the turbulent history of the 'Rock' is an impressive ecclesiastical fabric which spans the Middle Ages. In the 5th century St. Patrick converted Aenghus, the King of that time, and made Cashel a bishopric. This great monument in stone has seen war and peace, scholarship and devotion over a millenium and a half. It is fitting, therefore, that once again, the great traditions of learning and art which kept the flame of scholarship alight in a Europe dimmed by the Dark Ages, should have an echo at Cashel today.

BRU BORU - the palace of Boru ( Brian Boru was King of all Ireland ) - is a national heritage centreat the foot of the Rock of Cashel. this cultural village is designed around a village green and is home to the study and celebration of native Irish music, song, dance, storytelling, theatre, genealogy and Celtic studies. Visitors to this unique centre will be entertained by the resident BRU BORU group who have given Irish traditional music, song and dance a whole new stature in the world of entertainment. They have entertained the President of the United States, the Prime Minister of Australia, An Taoiseach, many Ambassadors, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli and thousands of fans from all over the world.

Cashel is a thriving townset against a backdrop of antiquity and located in the rich pasture lands of the Golden Vale. In addition to the Rock of Cashel, Hoar Abbey, Dominican Abbey, the City of Kings has many and varied attractions i.e. Folk Village, Bolton Library, Cashel Heritage Centre, potters, silversmiths, artists, historians..... the list is endless. Cashel is an oasis of history, Cashel also boasts some of the countrys best restaurants, two hotels and numerous high standard guesthouses. Cashel is a shopper's dream with many varied and well stocked shops.

Cashel is more than a town..... it is an experience never to be forgotten.

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EMLY

Common local family coat of arms "Condon & Lonergan" supplied by Families Of Ireland

Emly, situated on the Tipperary Limerick border just 8 miles from Tipperary Town, has a history going back to pre-Christian times. Its early Christian history is associated with St.Ailbe, who was said to have baptised St. David of Wales, who according to the Annals of Inis Fallen, died in the year 528. Emly later became an important monastic centre and then head of a diocese of the same name. The history of the parish of Emly has been well researched and recorded. Its history gives a vivid picture of a living rural community in Ireland. Archaeological digs of the past few years are adding to this picture and to the fount of historical information about the place. The village of Emly today is one of the most picturesque in Ireland. A recent Tidy Towns report on the village stated that "Emly is a lovely place to visit".

The community spirit of the past lives on and can be seen especially in the vibrancy of its social and community activities. In 1994 Emly Rural Development Association started its 'Emly Failte' or welcoming project. This was simply an invitation from the local community to come and spend some time in Emly. Visitors are welcome to come live with local families and join in the activities of these families and the general community. This is an unique and personal invitation where visitors and locals get to know one another and become friends. This is made easier by the fact that Emly is a small rural community of less than 900 people. The people of this area are proud of their history and the sense of community and welcome which they have inherited and hope to continue and develop.

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GALBALLY

Common local family coat of arms "O'Brien" & "Fitzgerald" supplied by Families Of Ireland

Galbally is one of Ireland's most picturesque villages situated in the majestic Glen of Aherlow and just nine miles from Tipperary Town. The village won the overall National Tidy Towns Award in 1994. Galbally is an ideal location for a wide variety of activities. It has indoor facilities for badmington and handball, outdoor tennis and basketball and a number of sports fields for rugby, soccer and gaelic games. Galbally is also an ideal base for hill walking and guided or mapped walks can be arranged. Fishermen are also well catered for. Near the village is Hillcrest Riding Centre where treks through the surrounding countryside can be availed of. There are also a number of excellent golf courses within easy reach of the village. Galbally offers a wide range of accomodation from hotels to B&Bs to self catering thatched houses. Those interested in geology or archaeology will find Glencliff Gorge, just north of the village, of great interest. It was created by a glacial overspill and melt waters torrent from a pre-glacial lake.

Darbys Bed is an ancient site from which much fable and folklore abound. It is a majestic passage grave dating back almost 4000 years and legend has it Diarmuid and Grainne rested here on their flight from the angry Fionn MacCumhaill. The graveyard contains the ruin of a 13th century church. Moorabbey on the road to the Glen of Aherlow was a Franciscan Abbey built in 1471. Three of its friars were martyred there in 1570 and the story goes that on being beheaded no blood flowed from their necks. There is a tourist information office open during the summer season. Galbally is an ideal place to spend a relaxing holiday and is also a great base from which to visit other areas of interest as it is just 24 miles from Limerick City and less than 50 miles from Cork. The people of Galbally extend a warm invitation to you and assure you of a wholehearted welcome on your visit.

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GLEN OF AHERLOW

Common local family coat of arms "Quirke" & "Burke" supplied by Families Of Ireland

The Glen of Aherlow stretches some 15 miles from Bansha in the east to Galbally in the west and is bound north and south by the Slieve na Muck hills and the Galtee Mountains respectivley. A beautiful view of the area can be had from the statue of Christ the King, which was erected by the local community, on the Coach Road, named so as a result of the use of this route by Bianconi's Coaches which were the first to offer public transport throught Ireland.

The area is justly famous for it's outstanding beauty and also for it's long history of being a place of refuge for the Raparee, the Irishmen who were dispossesed of their lands and became outlaws. The Galtee Mountains offer the visitor a whole host of outdoor pursuits from Hill walking, mountain climbing to pony trekking and attracts thousands of visitors each year. Ther is a wide range of places to stay in the area which boasts two fine hotels, several bed and breakfasts, a camping and caravan site and farmhouse self catering.

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LIMERICK JUNCTION-Monard-Solohead.

Common local family coat of arms "Mc Grath" & "Quinlan" supplied by Families Of Ireland

Limerick Junction is three miles from Tipperary Town, it's name derives from the fact that it is a main-railway line junction,but apart from the Railway station there are a lot of things to do in the area. Right next door to the Railway Station is one of the countrys best horse racing tracks which host a number of race meetings each year. Ballykisteen Golf Club is about 200 metres from the village and is regarded as the best course in Munster and boasts one of the finest clubhouses around, it is open to the public year round. Not too far from Limerick Junction is the village of Monard and very close by is the village of Solohead, the scene of the first and one of the most daring raids during the War of Independence. At the crossroads stands a memorial to the people who took part in this action. There is a wide range of places to stay in the area all of which meet the most exacting standards.

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MULTEEN REGION

Common local family coat of arms "Maher" & "Kennedy" supplied by Families Of Ireland

The Multeen region covers the areas of Cappawhite, Hollyford, Annacarty and Donohill. It is an ideal, away from it all, location while still being adjacent to Cashel, Tipperary Town, Thurles and Limerick City and only one hours drive from Shannon Airport. The region has much to offer those interested in history and the rural way of life and is also an excellent outdoor pursuits area.

SLIEVE FELIM

The pocket of territory between the city of Limerick and the towns of Nenagh, Thurles and Tipperary is known as the Slieve Felim area. It is a place of quite beauty and rural charm. It's distinctive mountains and hills give unique vistas of lush plains with forest, peat bogs and patchwork fields. Keeper Hill is the tallest at 2279 ft. and overlooks the river Shannon and Lough Derg. We have a variety of walking, cycling and touring routes planned for your enjoyment of our area from The Lough Derg Way which takes you along the southern shores of one of Ireland's most beautiful lakes to Sarsfields Ride which is the route taken by that most famed of Irishmen Patrick Sarsfield on his way to blow up the dynamite stored at Ballyneety by King Williams army during the seige of Limerick in the 1600s.

But it's not just tours we have to offer there's fishing, golf, horseriding to mention just a few of the many activities you can engage in during your stay and for the more leisurely minded visitor why not go to some of the many visitor attractions in the area for example The Celtic Plantarum which boasts a collection of over 2,500 species of trees and plants along almost three miles of paths and walkways or Holycross Abbey which from being totally derelict was restored to it's former glory and opened to the public in 1975 this is a must see on any tour of Ireland.

We can offer the visitor a wide range of accomodation from hotels, bed and breakfasts or self catering in a variety of country homes, farmhouses, traditional cottages or modern holiday villages. We offer an unrivalled opportunity to sample the relaxed pace of life and the traditional heritage of rural Ireland that has remained unchanged for decades.

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TIPPERARY TOWN

Common local family coat of arms "Ryan" & "Heffernan" supplied by Families Of Ireland

The name Tipperary - Tiobraid Arainn - (The Well of Ara) is derived from a sacred well which was located just off the present main street of the town. But the Town is probably better known as a result of the famous song 'It's a long way to Tipperary' composed in 1912, by an Englishman who had never been to Ireland, and which was very popular with both the allied and German armies during the First World War. Like so many other Irish towns, Tipperary traces it's origins to the Normans who established a settlement here at the end of the 12th century. The motte and bailey which they built to the north-west of the town may still be seen, but the castle which the future King John of England built, no longer remains. Later as a result of the Cromwellian Confiscation's the town became the property of a wealthy merchant named Erasmus Smith.

Today Tipperary is a prosperous and thriving market town which despite it's growth and expansion retains the intimate atmosphere and charm of a small country town. Tipperary offers its visitors a host of recreational facilities both indoor and outdoor and has one of the finest leisure centres in the country. Tipperary has recently been selected as one of Ireland's Heritage Towns and with this has brought about a new impetus to growth and development as the town strives to recreate the appearance of a 19th century market town. Already pavements have been replaced with cobblelock paving stones, overhead utility lines have been buried underground and cast iron street furniture has been introduced. Plans are also well advanced for the construction of a heritage centre, on the site of the old Town Hall, which will contain an interpretative centre, theatre and cinemas.

The office of Clan na hEireann on the main street is a must for people who wish to research their family and surname history being the only such centre in the country. In the vicinity of Tipperary there are a lot of things to see and do. Tipperary is just 12 miles from Cashel, 13 miles from Cahir, famous for its magnificent castle, the scene of the filming of Excalibur, and the Swiss Cottage, a folly built by the landlords of the time. Just 4 miles south of the town lie the spectacular Galtee Mountain Range providing plenty of outdoor activities such as hill walking, pony trekking and mountain climbing. So whether your visit to Tipperary is on business or pleasure you can be assured of a memorable and unforgettable experience.

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