CORMAC’S Chapel and the Round Tower are two gems of the Rock of Cashel. Photos: David Burke

A trip to Tipp

EVEN diehard fans of the song Galway Bay must admit that Tipperary has us well beaten in the place names Top Ten. “It’s a long way to Tipperary” has been sung all over the world, including by the Red Army Choir in multiple performances.

The song came to fame during World War I when it was adopted by British regiments on their way to France and now people, who could hardly find Ireland on a map, much less Tipperary, will often sing it.

But for us at home, the Trip to Tipp became a byword for fun in the 1990s when thousands of music fans made their way to Semple Stadium in Thurles to flirt, drink, listen to a bit of music and generally have the craic.

Mention of Semple Stadium immediately conjures up images of epic Munster hurling finals, so you’d expect that when a visitor to Nenagh encountered a sculpture with a sporting theme it would depict a hurler, like the one beside the bridge in Kilkenny city.

But no. Like the song, Tipperary’s sporting reputation reaches internationally. A trio of life-size bronze statues in the centre of the town commemorates three Olympic champions with roots in the area.

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