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Introducing Tipperary Town

Tipperary (Tiobrad Árann) has a storied name, largely due to the WWI song. And indeed, you may find it a long way to Tipperary as the N24 and a web of regional roads converge on the centre and traffic often moves at the same speed as the armies at the Somme. 'Tipp town' itself has few pretensions and there's no need to detour here.

Inside the Excel Heritage Centre, you'll find the tourist information point. It's reached via St Michael's St, a side street leading 200m off the northern side of Main St. Also here is a small gallery, cafe, cinema, a good genealogy centre and internet access.

Midway along Main St, there's a statue of Charles J Kickham (1828-82), a local novelist (author of Knocknagow, a novel about rural life) and Young Irelander. He spent four years in London's Pentonville Prison in the 1860s for treason.

Named in honour of the local patriot, traditional pub Kickham House has carvery lunches that include smoked haddock and cod pie.

Tipperary Racecourse is one of Ireland's leading tracks. It's 3km northwest of town and has regular meetings during the year. The course is within walking distance of Limerick Junction station.

Danny Ryan Music has a superb selection of traditional musical instruments.

Most buses stop on Abbey St beside the river. Bus Éireann runs up to eight buses daily on the Limerick (€9.50, 30 minutes) to Waterford route via Cahir and Clonmel.

To reach the train station, head south along Bridge St. Tipperary is on the Waterford–Limerick Junction line. There are two daily services to Cahir (25 minutes), Clonmel, Carrick-on-Suir, Waterford and Rosslare Harbour. Connect for Cork, Kerry and Dublin at Limerick Junction, barely 3km from Tipperary station along the Limerick road.