Tipperary Tiobraid Árann, meaning ‘Well of the Ara’ – (the Ara is a river near Tipperary town).
The Rock of Cashel
County Tipperary was created and named after the town of Tipperary in 1328, making it the earliest of the Irish counties. In 1838 County Tipperary was divided into two ridings North Tipperary and South Tipperary for administrative purposes. In 2014 the two ridings were reunified to form one county.
Tipperary is referred to as the ‘Premier County’, a description attributed 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’. Tipperary was the subject of the famous song ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’, written by Jack Judge, whose grandparents came from the county. It was popular with regiments of the British army during World War I. The song ‘Slievenamon’, which is traditionally associated with the county, was written by Charles Kickham from Mullinahone and is commonly sung at sporting fixtures involving the county.