History of Tipperary Town

Tipperary town gets its name from an ancient sacred well on the river Ara which runs through the town. The Irish name is 'Tiobrad Arann', which translates as 'Well of Ara'. This well, located just off Main Street, is now closed, and little is known about the early history of settlement in the area. The little fountain in the picture is not on the site of the well, it is of more recent origin, built by Stafford O'Brien in 1833.

The first records we have of the town is as an Anglo-Norman settlement. You can still see the motte and bailey built by the Normans, as a mound among the Tipperary Hills, on your left as you drive into the town from the Limerick. Prince John (Later King John, infamous for Magna Carta) had a castle built in the town towards the end of the 12th Century, but no trace of this has been found. It is thought that the town was granted its status by Edward I.

The present town is a typical 19th Century Irish market town, with a population of just under 5,000. It is located in the heart of the Golden Vale, a rich, lush agricultural area that is perfect for dairy farming - a "land flowing with milk and honey" (Exodus 3:17). County Tipperary takes its name from Tipperary town, although there are several larger towns in the County.

Tipperary has been made world-famous by the song "It's a long way to Tipperary", a favourite song of soldiers in the First World War. Perhaps because it sounds lyrical and romantic,'Tipperary' came to represent 'home' for men from all over the world. Tipperary town also gets a mention in the Johnny Cash song "Forty Shades of Green" where he talks of missing the "girl from Tipperary town".

Tipperary Christian Fellowship has its origins in the late 70's, with a few people in the town meeting for Bible study and prayer. We have had regular Sunday Services since the 1990's, initially in the SIPTU hall near Churchwell, and for about 10 years in our current premises in Blind Street. Although we are not part of any denomination, we have close links of fellowship with other churches in Tipperary and Limerick and we are members of Aontas.

A more detailed history of the town can be found here.
and there is plenty of general information about the town here.