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County Tipperary, Ireland

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Date: 1328
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County Tipperary

Tipperary Coat of arms
  • Country - Ireland
  • Province - Munster
  • Area Total - 4,303 km2 (1,661 sq mi)
  • Area rank - 6th
  • Population - 158,652
  • Rank - 11th
  • Irish name - Tiobraid Árann
logainm.ie, The Placenames Database of Ireland says County Tipperary contains:
  • 14 baronies
  • 2 administrative counties
  • 177 electoral districts
  • 199 civil parishes;
  • 42 towns
  • 3,150 townlands
  • 9 localities
  • 13 sub-townlands
  • 8 islands and archipelagos
  • 87 population centres
  • 1 villages
  • 7 ecclesiastical sites
  • 2 graveyards, cemetaries, burial grounds
  • 7 castles.
  • logainm.ie, the Placenames Database of Ireland, developed by Fiontar (DCU) and The Placenames Branch (Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht)

Brief History of County Tipperary

The county of Tipperary, before the Norman invasion in the early 12th century, was divided between the old north and south Munster kingdoms, Thomond and Desmond. These were dominated by, respectively, the O’Briens and the McCarthys, and Tipperary was the front line of the numerous battles between the two, ending only with the expulsion of the McCarthys from Tipperary into Cork.

Rock of Cashel

For most of this period Cashel, in the south of the county, was the seat of the kings of Munster. On the arrival of the Normans, the south of the county was granted to Philip de Worcester and most of the north to Theobald Walter, progenitor of the Butler family, who later became Earls of Ormond, and played a large role in Irish politics over three centuries.
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."[1]

Genealogy Resources for County Tipperary

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