Categories
Uncategorized

Thurles, County Tipperary

thurles-1-3930111thurles-1-3930111thurles-2-9667293 Thurles is a town of Ireland, which forms an integral part of the administrative county of North Tipperary. This vibrant and prosperous town is a civil parish in the historical barony of Eliogarty. In addition to being the site of the diocesan cathedral, Thurles is also an Ecclesiatical parish in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly.

After Nenagh, Thurles is the second largest town in North Tipperary. The name of the town is derived from the Irish word ‘Dúrlas Éile’, which denotes ‘the strong fort of Éile’. The Dúrlas Éile UÍ Fhogartaigh, from which it derives its name, was the fort of the O’Fogarty’s. The fort was built to commemorate the O’Fogarty stronghold on the regions of Templemore and Devils Bit. Thurles owes much of its early development to the Norman family of Butler.

Pre-historic inhabitants, called the Eli, bestowed the ancient territory with its name. The Cathedral town, Thurles, is nestled in the heart of the beautiful Suir Valley. Silvermines Mountains border the town towards the north-west, while the Slieveardagh Hills surrounds it in the south-east.

The beautiful Thurles Cathedral is testimony of the rich historical heritage of the town. Dr Patrick Leahy, archbishop of Cashel and Emly, was instrumental in the construction of this impressive Italianate Romanesque building. Reckoned as the Cathedral of the Assumption, it stands on the site of earlier chapels in the centre of the town. The alluring structure is adorned with a magnificent altar, a rose window and a free-standing baptistery.

Croke Memorial, the bronze life-sized monument, is another attraction of the town, which never fails to capture attention of visitors. Commissioned in the memory of Dr. Thomas Croke, archbishop of Cashel and Emly, the memorial was sculpted by F. Doyle Jones. The alluring architecture of the St. Mary’s Famine Church is largely attributed to its beautiful spire. Erected in 1820, the church stands on the site of the first Anglo-Norman parish church built at the end of the 12th century. Apart from being designated as a place of worship by the local Church of Ireland community, the church is also home to the Famine and War museums.

Farney Castle is the only Round Tower in Ireland, which is occupied as a family home. The castle boasts a fascinating structure, which was built in 1495 by Thomas Butler, the 7th Earl of Ormond. Strategically located, the castle served to boost the defensive system of the Butlers to protect the land in Tipperary.

Excellent day and night time entertainment options make Thurles a prominent socialising destination. Sports enthusiasts enjoy their visit to the Lar Na Pairce Visitor Centre, which is designed and equipped to tell the story of Gaelic Games from earliest times up to the present day. The exciting visitor centre entices the enthusiasts wishing to learn and experience Hurling, Gaelic Football, Camogie and Handball.

The town is also home to the Thurles Sarsfields, a local hurling club. This honoured and decorated club is reputed to have produced some of the finest hurlers in the country like Mickey Byrne and Jimmy Doyle. Thurles Golf Club has made a significant contribution to the golfing chronicles of Ireland. It is reputed to be one of the best parkland golf courses in Ireland. Besides, historic monuments, entertainment, sports and much more are present in the beautiful town of Thurles.

Show / Hide More expand-7459865

collapse-large-6108600

Photos Nearby camera-4245722

All Imagery Courtesy of Panoramio collapse-large-6108600

Related Content link-5033127

Towns

Thurles
Thurles is a town of Ireland, which forms an integral part of the administrative county of North Tipperary. This vibrant…read on
Roscrea
Roscrea, a civil parish in the historical barony of Ikerrin, is a small heritage town in North Tipperary. Situated in th…read on
Nenagh
Nenagh, a county town of North Tipperary, is a civil parish in the historical barony of Ormond Lower. Apart from being t…read on
Clonmel
A county town of South Tipperary in Ireland, Clonmel has derived its name from Irish word Cluain Meala, which means ‘h…read on
Carrick-on-suir
Carrick-on-Suir is a thriving town located in the south-east of Ireland in County Tipperary. The medieval town is surrou…read on
Cahir
Cahir, County Tipperary is a small heritage town that falls under the barony of Iffa and Offa West, and famous for the C…read on

Golf

Cahir Park Golf Club
Making its presence felt in the world of golf since 1969, Cahir Golf Club course is designed in parkland style. The te…read on

Gardens

Killmacomma Garden
The Killmacomma in Clonmel, County Tipperary is located in a picturesque wooded area and is being looked after by Paulin…read on

Equestrian-schoolsCaves

Mitchelstown Cave
The magnificent read on

Castles

Ballynahow Castle
County Tiperrary is home of one of the few round tower houses of Ireland – Ballynahow Castle, which is still in surprisi…read on

Show/Hide Related Content expand-7459865 collapse-large-6108600

Location Map arrows-7814363