Highlights of County Tipperary
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Ahenny and Kilkieran High Crosses
At two separate locations north of Carric-on-Suir can be found the Ahenny and Kilkieran High Crosses. Ahenny Churchyard 10km (6 miles) from Carric on Suir has 2 superb ornate high crosses and Kilkieran 5km (3 miles) from Carric on Suir has 3 crosses dating from the 9th century.
Constructed in the late 12th century Athassel is said to have been the largest priory in Ireland until it was burnt down in 1447. Situated on the banks of the River Suire approx 8km (5 miles) from Cashel the ruins of Athassel Priory are worth a visit as parts of the cloisters, church and gatehouse are still standing. The town was never rebuilt after being burnt the second time.
The first Castle on this rocky Island site on the River Suir was built in 1142 by the Irish Chieftain Conor O’Brien, the still standing well preserved castle that sits there today has been dated to the 13th century and attractions include an informative audiovisual show exploring the history of the castle.
Glen of Aherlow
The flourishing Glen of Aherlow is the fertile green valley of the River Aherlow. The glen was historically used as a pass between Limerick and Tipperary and had a reputation as a hideout for lawbreakers in a bygone era. Today the glen is an unspoilt escape for sightseers and those looking for activities such as walking, cycling, horse riding and fishing.
Holy Cross Abbey
Located in Holycross Village outside Thurles town is Holy Cross Abbey. Built in 1168 for the Benedictines and transferred to the Cistercians approx 14 years later the Abbey is known as having been a popular place of pilgrimage and was said to have had gifted to it a fragment of the True Cross Having been out of use for over 400 years Holy Cross Abbey was restored and is now once again a place of pilgrimage and working church for the local community.
Rock of Cashel
One of Ireland's most impressive religious ruins and a magnificent sight, the Rock of Cashel, also known as St Patrick's Rock is a huge medieval compound rising dramatically out of the Tipperary countryside. On site visitors can explore many remnants of the religious center including St Patrick's Cross, a Round Tower, Cormack's Chapel, Hall of the Vicars Choral and a Cathedral.
A designated heritage town, Cahir in South Tipperary is a busy market town within an hours drive of the cities of Waterford, Cork and Limerick. Attractions include Cahir Castle and Cahir Abbey and The Swiss Cottage.
Carrick –on – Suir
Carrick –on – Suir is small picturesque market town in South Tipperary. The town has a rich history and a must see for any visitors to the town is Ormond Castle, one of the finest Elizabethan manor houses surviving in Ireland today.
Cashel is a market town for a population of approximately 11,000 people. The main attraction of the town is the renowned dramatic Rock of Cashel one of the most visited attractions in Ireland. Also worth a visit are the Cashel Folk Village/Museums and the award winning town Heritage Centre.
Clonmel situated on the River Suir is the principal town of County Tipperary, it is also the largest town in the county and one of the largest inland towns in Ireland. Attractions include the County Museum and a wide range of facilities and entertainment are on offer such as horse racing, pony trekking, fishing, tennis swimming and an energetic night life today.
Located close to the Slieve Bloom Mountains Roscrea is an Irish Heritage Town and one of the oldest towns in Ireland. Attractions include Roscrea Castle built in 1213 and Damer House with its rare pre Palladian architecture.
Built on the River Suir, Thurles in North Tipperary is the 2nd largest town in the county. Thurles is famous in Ireland as the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) was founded here in 1884. Attractions include Farney Castle, Cathedral of the Assumption, St Mary’s Famine Church and Military Museum and Lár na Páirce a visitor centre that tells the story of Gaelic Games.
Surrounded by beautiful scenery Tipperary Town is a 19th century market town most famously known the world over for its links to the song "It’s a long way to Tipperary". Just 4 miles from the delightful Glen of Aherlow the town also lays claim to one of Ireland’s racecourses with Tipperary Racecourse less than 2 miles from the town.