Tipperary (town)

Coordinates: 52°28′26″N 8°09′43″W / 52.474°N 8.162°W / 52.474; -8.162
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Tiobraid Árann (Irish)
Main Street, Tipperary
Main Street, Tipperary
Coat of arms of Tipperary
Tipp Town, Tipp
Irish: Creideamh, Tírghrá, Saoirse (Faith, Patriotism, Freedom)
Tipperary is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°28′26″N 8°09′43″W / 52.474°N 8.162°W / 52.474; -8.162
Dáil constituencyTipperary
EU ParliamentSouth constituency
102 m (335 ft)
 • Total4,979
Time zoneUTC0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (IST)
Area code062
Irish Grid ReferenceR889358

Tipperary (/ˌtɪpəˈrɛəri/; Irish: Tiobraid Árann, meaning 'well of the Ara'), commonly known as Tipperary Town, is a town and a civil parish[2] in County Tipperary, Ireland. Its population was 4,979 at the 2016 census.[1] It is also an ecclesiastical parish in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly, and is in the historical barony of Clanwilliam. The town gave its name to County Tipperary.


Arms of Tipperary town in metalwork: Per fess vert and barry wavy azure and argent a fess masoned and embattled of the third and in chief a passion cross between two cow's heads cabossed or.

In Irish, "Tiobraid Árann" means "The Well of Ara"—a reference to the River Ara that flows through the town. The well is located in the townland of Glenbane, which is in the parish of Lattin and Cullen. This is where the River Ara rises. Little is known of the historical significance of the well.

The town had a medieval foundation and became a population centre in the early 13th century. Its ancient fortifications have disappeared, often dismantled to be reused in new buildings. Its central area is characterized by wide streets radiating from the principal thoroughfare of Main Street.

Two historical monuments are located in the Main Street. One is a bronze statue of Charles Kickham (poet and patriot). The other is the Maid of Erin statue, erected to commemorate the Irish patriots, Allen, Larkin and O'Brien, who are collectively known as the Manchester Martyrs. The Maid of Erin is a freestanding monument; erected in 1907, it was relocated to a corner site on the main street in 2003. It is made of carved limestone. A woman stands on a base depicting the portraits of the three executed men. The portraits carry the names in Irish of each man. The statue is now situated on stone-flagged pavement behind wrought-iron railings, with an information board. This memorial to the Manchester Martyrs is a landmark piece of sculpture now located in a prominent corner site. The choice of a female figure as the personification of Ireland for such a memorial was common at the time.[4] It is a naturalistic and evocative piece of work, made all the more striking by the lifelike portraits of the executed men.[5]

Between 1874 and 1878, a large British Army barracks was constructed in the town. The installation served as a training centre for soldiers during World War I.[6] During the Irish War of Independence, the barracks served as a base for the Black and Tans.[citation needed] The first engagement of the Irish War of Independence took place at nearby Solloghead Beg Quarry on 21 January 1919 when Dan Breen and Seán Treacy led a group of IRA volunteers in an attack against Royal Irish Constabulary members who were transporting gelignite.

On 30 September 2005, President of Ireland Mary McAleese, in a gesture of reconciliation, unveiled the newly refurbished Memorial Arch of the barracks in the presence of several ambassadors and foreign emissaries, military attachés and town dignitaries; a detachment of the Local Defence Force, the Number 1 Irish Army Band and various ex-service organisations paraded. In a rare appearance, the Royal Munster Fusiliers banner was carried to mark the occasion. The Arch is the only remaining porch of what was the officers' mess and has panels mounted bearing the names of fallen members of the Irish, American, British and Australian militaries.[7] The Arch was renovated and maintained by the Tipperary Remembrance Trust.[8]

New Tipperary[edit]

In 1888–89, tenants of the local landlord, Arthur Smith Barry, withheld their rents in solidarity with his tenants in County Cork. They were evicted. Led by Fr. David Humphreys[9][10] and William O'Brien, they decided to build a new town on land outside Barry's control. The area now known Dillon Street and Emmet Street in Tipperary town was the centre of this development. It was built by local labour but with funds raised in Australia and the United States.

The high point was 12 April 1890, when a row of shops called the William O'Brien Arcade was opened, providing shops for some of the business people who had been evicted from the centre of the town. Eventually, compromise was reached, and the tenants returned to the 'Old Tipperary'.[11]

Panoramic view of Tipperary and surroundings



The town is situated on the N24 route between Limerick city and Waterford city.

Railway access[edit]

Tipperary railway station is on the Limerick to Waterford line and has two services a day to Waterford via Cahir, Clonmel and Carrick on Suir. Two trains a day also operate to Limerick Junction which has numerous services to Cork, Dublin Heuston and Limerick and onward connections to Ennis, Athenry and Galway. There is no train service to/from Tipperary on Sundays. Tipperary railway station opened 9 May 1848.[12]


It is home to Tipperary Racecourse, which is located at Limerick Junction. It has a large agricultural catchment area in west Tipperary and east County Limerick and was historically a significant market town. Today, it still boasts large butter making and milk processing industries. The town is sometimes erroneously believed to be the county seat; this honour belongs instead to Clonmel.

Notable people[edit]

Tipperary International Peace Award[edit]

Created by locals in an attempt to counter the association between Tipperary and war created by the song It's a long way to Tipperary, the Tipperary International Peace Award, described as "Ireland's outstanding award for humanitarian work",[14] has been awarded annually by the Tipperary Peace Convention since the inaugural award to the late Seán MacBride[14] in 1984.[15] Among the other recipients are Live Aid founder Bob Geldof[14] for 1985,[15] the late Irish senator and peace campaigner Gordon Wilson[16] for 1987,[15] former Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev[14] for 1988,[15] the late South African president Nelson Mandela[14] for 1989,[15] former US president Bill Clinton[14] for 2000,[15] former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani[14] for 2001,[15] John O’Shea, founder of the charity Goal[16] for 2003,[15] the late Pakistani president Benazir Bhutto[14] for 2007,[15] the late US Senator Edward Kennedy[14] for 2009,[15] Afghan human rights campaigner Dr Sima Samar[14] for 2010,[15] former Irish president, Mary McAleese and her husband, senator Martin McAleese[16] for 2011,[15] Pakistani activist for female education and youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai for 2012,[15] former US envoy to Northern Ireland Richard Haass for 2013,[16] the former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for 2014,[17] and Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos for 2017.[18]

Twin towns[edit]

In song[edit]

The song "It's a Long Way to Tipperary", which became popular among the British military as a marching song, was authored by Jack Judge, whose grandparents came from Tipperary, and Henry James "Harry" Williams.

The U.S. Army included a song by John Alden Carpenter called "The Home Road" in its official 1918 song book; it includes the lyric "For the long, long road to Tipperary is the road that leads me home".[19] A song of remembrance is "Tipperary so far away", which commemorates one of its famous sons, Seán Treacy; in an address to the people of Ballyporeen on 3 June 1984, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, quoted a line from this song: "And I'll never more roam, from my own native home, in Tipperary so far away". There are other songs also with a Tipperary theme such as "Tipperary on My Mind", "Slievenamon", "Goodbye Mick", "The Galtee Mountain Boy", "Katy Daly" (an American song), "Tipperary", and "Forty Shades of Green", written by Johnny Cash.

Gary Moore's song "Business as Usual" tells about him and his love: "I lost my virginity to a Tipperary woman". On Seventy Six The Band's 2006 release Gone Is Winter, the song "Carry On" also states that it is "a long way to Tipperary". Shane MacGowan's song "Broad Majestic Shannon" includes the lyric "Heard the men coming home from the fair at Shinrone, their hearts in Tipperary wherever they go".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Sapmap Area - Settlements - Tipperary". Census 2016. CSO. 2016. Archived from the original on 13 January 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Tiobraid Árann/Tipperary". logainm.ie. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012.
  3. ^ "CSO: Census: Census Home Page". Archived from the original on 20 September 2010. Retrieved 6 July 2012. and www.histpop.org. Figures include environs of Tipperary. For a discussion on the accuracy of pre-famine census returns see J. J. Lee "On the accuracy of the pre-famine Irish censuses" in Irish Population, Economy and Society" edited by JM Goldstrom and LA Clarkson (1981) p. 54, and also "New Developments in Irish Population History, 1700–1850" by Joel Mokyr and Cormac Ó Gráda in The Economic History Review, New Series, Vol. 37, No. 4 (Nov., 1984), pp. 473–488.
  4. ^ MacDonagh, Oliver (1986). Ireland and Irish-Australia: studies in cultural and political history. Routledge. p. 133. ISBN 978-0-7099-4617-5. Archived from the original on 9 June 2020. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Maid of Erin, Church Street, Main Street, Tipperary, Tipperary South: Buildings of Ireland: National Inventory of Architectural Heritage". Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
  6. ^ O'Shea, Walter S. (1998). "A Short History of Tipperary Military Barracks". Archived from the original on 2 April 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Tipperary Remembrance Arch". Tipperary Remembrance Trust. Archived from the original on 17 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Home". Tipperary Remembrance Trust. Archived from the original on 10 January 2016.
  9. ^ Denis G. Marnane, "Fr David Humphreys and New Tipperary", Tipperary: History and Society, ISBN 0906602033, 1985, pp. 367–78
  10. ^ "Tipperary Historic Town Trail is launched", The Nationalist, 13 October 2010
  11. ^ "Tipperary Town – Things To See". Archived from the original on 15 April 2011.
  12. ^ "Tipperary station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 March 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2007.
  13. ^ (Limerick Leader, 2010). [1] Archived 28 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine retrieved 2010-10-06
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Ralph Riegel (21 August 2013). "Mandela, Clinton and Geldof among the former winners". Irish Independent. Archived from the original on 26 May 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Tipperary Peace Convention". Tipperary Peace Convention. Archived from the original on 1 July 2010. Retrieved 25 May 2015.
  16. ^ a b c d "Richard Haass to be awarded 2013 Tipperary International Peace Award". Irish Times. 23 June 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2015. The 2013 Tipperary International Peace Award will be presented to Dr Richard Nathan Haass in Ballykisteen Hotel in Tipperary town today. The award from Tipperary Peace Convention will honour the work of Dr Haass "who played a very significant role in assisting the peace process in Northern Ireland".
  17. ^ "Ban Ki-moon praises 'truly historic' referendum result". RTÉ News. 24 May 2015. Archived from the original on 24 May 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2015. Speaking after he accepted the Tipperary International Peace Award in Co Tipperary this evening...
  18. ^ "Colombian president 'honoured' to receive Tipperary peace award". Irish Times. 1 August 2018. Archived from the original on 1 August 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  19. ^ US Army Song Book, 1918, issued by the War Department Commission on Training Camp Activities and compiled with the assistance of the National Committee on Army and Navy Camp Music, for free distribution to all Officers and Men in the Army, p. 13

Further reading[edit]

  • David J. Butler (2006). South Tipperary 1570–1841: Religion, Land and Rivalry.
  • Denis G. Marnane (1985). A History of West Tipperary from 1660: Land and Violence.
  • William Nolan & Thomas G. McGrath (1985). Tipperary History & Society.
  • Martin O'Dwyer (2001). Tipperary's Sons & Daughters - Biographies of Tipperary Persons Involved in the National Struggle.
  • Walter S. O'Shea (1998). A Short History of Tipperary Military Barracks (Infantry) 1874–1922.

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