Gateway to the Galtee’s, Tipperary town lies in the superb scenic surroundings of the ‘Golden Vale’ that is just 4 miles from the beautifully secluded Glen of Aherlow between the Galtee Mountains and the Slievenamuck Hills with magnificent panoramic views, ideal for hill walking and pony-trekking.
The town itself is a 19th century market town that begun as an Anglo-Norman settlement – the motte and bailey built by the Normans can still be seen today. The town grew around a castle built by King John near the end of the 12th Century and is still a rich, lush agricultural area that is perfect for farming.
Architecturally, the town boasts some magnificent 19th Century buildings and more decorative work than anywhere else in the country, with a fine collection of well kept shop fronts, historic buildings and streetscapes.
The name of the town and county derives from the Irish ‘Tiobraid Arann’ meaning the ‘Well of Ara’ referring to the River Ara on which the town is built. This ancient sacred well is now closed but it was located in Bridge St. just off the Main Street. The town has a population of about 5,000 and is the most famous town the world over! The town has long been linked with the song “It’s a long way to Tipperary”, written by Jack Judge, it became a marching song in the first world war and sung by both sides during the great war.
Modern Tipperary however is now known for its efforts to promote peace and peaceful co-operation on a national and international stage through the work of Tipperary Peace Convention. The Tipperary International Peace Award lists world leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev and Bill Clinton amongst its many recipients while the Tipperary International Song of Peace title has been claimed by songwriters from England, U.S.A., Canada and Argentina.
Tipperary Town is known as the home of the stranger and a friendly welcome awaits you there, explore our history and traditions and enjoy the hidden beauty of our region.
Tipperary is a centrally located modern commuter town that is within easy reach of all major Irish cities, ports and airports by road, bus and rail. It is an ideal touring base for exploring the County as well as other adjoining counties in the west, midlands, south and south east of the country.
Tipperary Family History Research is the only facility to offer a research service based on access to the Baptismal and Marriage records of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly. The Archdiocese covers most of County Tipperary and part of County Limerick and it contains 46 Parishes.
Tipperary Family History Research also offer access to Memorial Records for World War I and can provide a search facility of this database. We can offer details on the regiment, rank, place and date of death of Irish Service Men and Women who fought and died in this war.
To request a search, please telephone +353 (0) 62 80555 or +353 (0) 80520 or log on to: www.tfhr.org